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Dimond will face either West or South for 4A volleyball crown

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: November 9
  • Published November 9

The final day of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament will be all Anchorage.

All three teams still alive in the tournament are Cook Inlet Conference teams — South, West and three-time defending champion Dimond.

The South Wolverines won loser-out matches Friday over Thunder Mountain and Colony to advance to Saturday's action at the Alaska Airlines Center. They'll play the West Eagles at noon to see which team will face Dimond in the 5 p.m. championship match.

Dimond waltzed into the title match by dropping West in three sets in Friday's winners-bracket semifinal contest 25-19, 25-18, 25-10.

In the Class 3A tournament, the three remaining teams are Nikiski, Valdez and Grace Christian. Valdez and Grace Christian will meet in a 10 a.m. loser-out match, with the winner playing Nikiski at 2 p.m. for the championship.

Nikiski reached the title match by beating Grace Christian in a three-set winners-bracket match Friday. The Bulldogs had to outlast Grace in a first-set marathon en route to a 29-27, 25-17, 25-19 victory.

In its win over Colony on Friday, South got nine aces from Anna McGrath and big contributions from Sarah Robinson (7 kills, 10 digs), Hope Todd (10 kills), Cami Houser (9 kills, 3 blocks) and Sarina Gribbin (7 kills, 4 blocks). Against Thunder Mountain, the Wolverines were led by Robinson (10 kills, 3 aces), Laiken Monahan (8 digs, 16 assists), Kinsey Schilke (6 blocks, 3 kills) and Megan Petersen (6 aces, 14 assists).

Class 4A

Friday's scores

Losers bracket

Colony def. Wasilla, 3-0 (25-11, 26-24, 25-22)

Thunder Mountain def. West Valley, 3-1 (26-24, 19-25, 25-18, 25-23)

Colony def. Soldotna, 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-21)

South def. Thunder Mountain, 3-0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-12)

South def. Colony, 3-1 (25-14, 25-12, 23-25, 25-10)

Winners bracket

Dimond def. West, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-10)

Saturday's matches

Noon — South vs. West, loser out

5 p.m. — Dimond vs. South-West winner

Class 3A

Friday's results

Losers bracket

Mt. Edgecumbe def. Nome, 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-23)

Homer def. Barrow, 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 26-24)

Valdez def. Mt. Edgecumbe, 3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21)

Homer def. Monroe, 3-2 (25-19, 21-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-13)

Valdez def. Homer, 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-17)

Winners bracket

Nikiski def. Grace Christian, 3-0 (29-27, 25-17, 25-19)

Saturday's matches

10 a.m. — Grace Christian vs. Valdez, loser out

2 p.m. — Nikiski vs. Grace-Valdez winner

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