CIC volleyball tournament starts Tuesday

The top-seeded and undefeated Dimond Lynx begin defense of their Cook Inlet Conference volleyball title on Tuesday night when the regional tournament begins at Service High.

Dimond, 14-0 in conference play, takes on eighth-seeded Eagle River at 7:30 p.m.

Six of the CIC's eight teams play first-round matches on Tuesday. Third-seeded West and fifth-seeded East don't meet until Wednesday.

There are matches each day through Saturday at Service. The championship match of the double-elimination tournament is Saturday at 6 p.m., with the if-necessary match following at 8 p.m.

The top three teams advance to the state tournament next week at Chugiak High.

Cook Inlet Conference

Volleyball championships

Service High

Tuesday's matches

4 p.m. -- Chugiak vs. Service

5:45 p.m. -- South vs. Bartlett

7:30 p.m. -- Dimond vs. Eagle River

Wednesday's matches

4 p.m. -- Dimond-Eagle River loser vs. Chugiak-Service loser

5:45 p.m. -- West vs. East

7:30 p.m. -- Dimond-Eagle River winner vs. Chugiak-Service winner

GNAC honors Barker

For the second time this season, UAA volleyball player Quinn Barker has been named defensive player of the week in the Great Norhtwest Athletic Conference.

Barker, a libero from Mission Viejo, Calif., racked up 34 digs and three aces in wins last week over Saint Martin's and Western Oregon. The performances improved Barker's digs-per-set average to 4.6, fourth-best in the GNAC.

UAA (17-8 overall, 11-2 GNAC) play just once this week -- a Saturday home match against the rival Nanooks of UAF.