The Hoonah High School varsity volleyball team lost the first game but won the next three, as the Class 2A Braves beat Juneau 1 in the championship match of the All-Comers Tournament on Saturday night in Ketchikan.
The Braves won 21-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-18, beating a squad of younger Juneau-Douglas High School varsity players and a few junior varsity Crimson Bears.
In the semifinals, Juneau 1 beat Juneau 2 and Hoonah beat Ketchikan 1 to reach the finals. Scores and match highlights were not available.
Juneau 3 made the championship bracket in the two-day tournament, but lost to Ketchikan 1 in the quarterfinals. All three Juneau teams won their pool-play divisions on Friday.
The two-day tournament featured teams from Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Metlakatla, Hoonah, Klawock, Thorne Bay and Kake.
The two Class 4A teams - Juneau and Ketchikan - sent younger players to the tournament while letting their older athletes rest up for this weekend's Region V-Class 4A and Region V-Class 3A tournaments that start Thursday in Petersburg. The championship matches are on Saturday.
The top Class 4A team and top two Class 3A teams at the region meet will advance to their respective state tournaments, which take place Nov. 13-15 at West Anchorage High School. Juneau is the defending Class 4A state champion.
The Region V-Class 2A tournament takes place Nov. 27-29, with the top two teams advancing to the Class 1A-2A-3A (West Region) state tournament Dec. 4-6 at Anchorage's Dimond High School.
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