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.
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 asaa.org for pairings.
ASAA/First National Bank Class 2A state volleyball
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)
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)
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
6:15 p.m. — Craig vs. Su Valley