Dimond slips by South in five sets at CIC volleyball tournament

Defending champion Dimond is the only team still undefeated in the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament after surviving a 26-24, 25-17, 18-25, 23-25, 15-6 match with South on Friday. 

West and Chugiak, which each won loser-out matches Friday, will play for the last of three state tournament berths in a 2 p.m., match Saturday.  

West outlasted Service in a five-set thriller, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to win 25-21, 18-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-7. Chugiak topped East in four sets, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-10.

Top-seeded Dimond and second-seeded South both came into Friday’s match undefeated and were already assured spots in the state tournament. South’s loss dropped the Wolverines to the losers bracket in the double-elimination event, where they await the winner of Saturday’s early loser-out match between West and Chugiak.


Dimond 3, South 2

Dimond got two double-double efforts, led by Leah Swiss’ 22 kills and 28 digs and Chrysalyn Johnson’s 12 kills and 18 digs. Jenna Mixson and Allie McDonnell fueled the offensive attack with 21 and 22 assists, respectively. Heidi Andrus chipped in with 36 digs. 

Kayla Sims handed out 49 assists for South, many of which went to hitters Holly Morehouse (13 kills), Clare Lacey (12 kills) and Tatum Upchurch (11 kills). Aspen Avery recorded 23 digs. 


West 3, Service 2

In the tournament’s first match to reach five sets, West’s Rita Dexter pounded 18 kills and Ashley Tua ripped 12 to power the Eagles. 

Anne Vollertsen distributed 51 assists and Diana Lobontiu turned in 10 digs for the Eagles, who played four sets Thursday, four sets Wednesday and five sets Saturday. 

Tayleigh Talmadge and Morgan Christy turned in big matches in the heartbreaking loss for the Cougars. Talmadge racked up 18 kills, 17 digs and two aces and Christy finished with 12 kills, seven blocks and two aces.

Monique Mojica sparked the Service defense with 21 digs and Cydney Clark handed out 26 assists.


Chugiak 3, East 1

Chugiak’s win over East included a double-double from Rachel Gregg, who finished with 22 kills and 10 blocks. 

Anna Ingraham fueled the Mustangs’ offense with 40 assists and Natalie Stark ripped 13 kills to go with three blocks.