For the 11th time in 14 years, the Dimond Lynx and South Wolverines will clash in the championship match of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament -- and this time the tournament finale is the season finale.
Dimond and South, Alaska’s most dominant Division I volleyball programs, will play for the CIC title at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Service High.
It’s the biggest match of the season, because there’s no state tournament this season -- it was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dimond and South advanced to the championship match by pulling out four-set victories in Friday’s semifinal round at Service. Dimond held off the West Eagles, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, and South survived against the Bartlett Golden Bears, 25-18, 26-28, 25-22, 25-18.
Saturday’s championship will mark the third straight year the CIC tournament culminates in a match between Dimond and South. Those teams have met for the conference championship 10 times since 2007, with Dimond owning a 6-4 advantage that includes titles in 2019 and 2018.
Together the Lynx and Wolverines have captured every state championship since 2005, with Dimond winning eight and South seven, including last year’s. In that same 15-year span, Dimond has won seven CIC titles and South five.