ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team played yet another marathon five-game match Thursday, but came up short against Dimond in the Alaska School Activity Association state quarterfinals.
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The Crimson Bears started off strong, taking the first two games from the Lynx 25-20 and 25-23.
"Dimond struggled with controlling the ball in the beginning," Juneau-Douglas coach Sandi Wagner said. "Then Dimond's outside hitter got hot and fired them up."
Dimond went on to win the next two games 25-16 and 25-17, setting up the final game, which the Lynx won 16-14.
"(We) lacked the ability to adjust our defense quickly," Wagner said.
Juneau-Douglas' Amanda Leamer said the team gave its all.
"We worked on teamwork all season and worked on not holding back," she said. "You could see that no one was holding back on the court."
Wagner agreed, saying that all the girls "played with a lot of heart."
Nicole Fenumiai helped lead Juneau-Douglas in serving with a perfect 21 for 21, while Kristen Pratt served 16 for 16. Leamer and Kristie Ely both had two aces.
On the attack, Ely led with 13 kills, Pratt had 12 and Fenumiai 11. Rachel Peyton made three assists, and Ely had two.
Defensively, Carly Lehnhart led with 21 digs.
"We played all right, but we've been taking it to five every time lately," Hailey Summers said, attributing this to the Crimson Bears' defense.
The Crimson Bears played a consolation match Friday at West Anchorage High School.