An early-season showdown between the two Anchorage teams that have battled for the last two Class 4A state volleyball championships didn't disappoint.
The Dimond Lynx battled back from a two-set deficit Friday night to upend the South Wolverines in a three-hour marathon played in front of a raucous crowd at South.
Leah Swiss racked up 18 kills and 27 digs and Janelle Seller had 10 kills, 24 digs and 15 assists to lift the Lynx, 16-25, 20-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-7. The win came against a South team that didn't lose a single set in last year's undefeated championship season.
"It was a great match," said South coach Judy Knecht. "The house was packed. It was rocking the whole night.
"It's what you live for. Everyone will show up at practice, at both schools, with renewed enthusiasm."
Tatyana Johnson chipped in 11 kills and Aaliyah Lewis had a match-high 37 digs for Dimond, which beat South in the 2010 state championship but lost to the Wolverines in the 2011 title match.
Morgan Hooe sparked South with 22 assists and three aces, Mikayla Sweet pounded 15 kills and Holly Morehouse added 10.
Bartlett 3, Service 2
A scrappy Bartlett volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to beat Service in five sets Friday in Cook Inlet Conference action. The Golden Bears won the match 21-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-10.
Tayleigh Talmadge's 10 kills and Erin Hess' 31 assists led Service.
Chugiak 3, Eagle River 2
Rachel Gregg's 16 kills and six blocks helped Chugiak come from behind to beat Eagle River 19-25, 24-26, 26-24, 25-12, 15-11 in CIC volleyball at Eagle River.
The win came despite a stellar effort by Eagle River's Tess Anderson, who piled up 17 kills and 29 digs. Gabbi LeCoates added 13 kills and Alexa Walker handed out 34 assists for Eagle River, while Chugiak's Bailee Hughes racked up 25 digs.
Colony 3, East 0
Allison Leigh's 19 kills and three blocks led the Colony Knights to a 25-18, 26-24, 25-19 win over East in a nonconference match Friday at Colony.
Mackenzie Everett and Maryann Zmuda chipped in with 14 and 10 digs, respectively.
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