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Craig, Su Valley open strong at Class 2A state volleyball tournament

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: November 29, 2018
  • Published November 29, 2018

Craig sophomore Kennedy Stumpf attacks the ball during her team's first-round win over Glennallen at the Class 2A state volleyball championships at Dimond High on Thursday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Craig won a battle between two former state champions on its way to a Friday night semifinal match in the Class 2A state volleyball tournament at Dimond High.

The Panthers, the 2016 state champs, defeated Cordova, the 2015 state champions, in a four-set winners bracket match Thursday.

That puts Craig in Friday’s 6:45 p.m. winners bracket semifinal match against Su Valley. Su Valley advanced by surviving a first-set loss to Wrangell to win in four sets. The winner of the Craig-Su Valley match advances to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. championship match.

There is no defending champion in the tournament — 2017 winner Petersburg failed to qualify.

Dillingham senior Britney George (8) celebrates a point with her teammates. (Bill Roth / ADN)

The Class 2A tournament is one of two happening this week at Dimond High. The other is the Mix Six state tournament, a coed event for Alaska’s smallest schools.

A dozen Mix Six teams competed in pool play on Thursday, with the top eight teams moving into bracket play that begins at 9 a.m. Friday. Check for pairings.

ASAA/First National Bank Class 2A state volleyball

Thursday’s results

First round

Cordova def. Dillingham 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-13)

Craig def. Glennallen 3-2 (26-24, 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-12)

Su Valley def. King Cove 3-1 (25-15, 18-25, 25-20, 27-25)

Wrangell def. Chevak 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-5)

Winners bracket

Craig def. Cordova 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19)

Su Valley def. Wrangell 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19)

Friday’s matches

Losers bracket

9 a.m. — Dillingham vs. Glennallen

10:45 a.m. — King Cove vs. Chevak

2:45 p.m. — Wrangell vs. Dillingham-Glennallen winner

4:30 p.m. — Cordova vs. King Cove-Chevak winner

Winners bracket

6:15 p.m. — Craig vs. Su Valley

George Morgan senior William Peterson digs the ball during pool play in the Mix Six tournament. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Tammy Heckman holds her 4-month-old son Liam Howard and Sonja Levi holds her 7-month-old son Kaizer Levi while cheering for George Morgan School of Upper Kalskag. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Gustavus sophomore David Shatswell (19) hits the ball toward Akiuk junior Nikolai Charles during pool play in the Mix Six state volleyball championships. (Bill Roth / ADN)