Crimson Bears Volleyball fights through Anchorage Tournament

The Juneau-Douglas Kalé volleyball team is presented in Anchorage. The Crimson Bears host Ketchikan on Saturday, including a senior night. (Photo courtesy of JDHS volleyball)

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Juneau-Douglas Kale volleyball team made its final road trip of the regular season to Anchorage last weekend, playing East Anchorage on Thursday and various teams. in the Sunday tournament / Service Friday and Saturday. They will host the Ketchikan Kings in their final regular season games on Saturday, including a senior night, as they prepare for the Region V championships in Ketchikan on November 5-6.

“Overall, over the weekend I was happy to have gained the experience of playing with a lot of teams that we normally don’t get the chance to play,” said the JDHS trainer Jody Levernier.

The Crimson Bears beat East Anchorage 3-1 Thursday by scores of 25-20, 25-21, 24-26 and 25-15.

Senior Brooke Sandford led the team with 21 serves and two aces; Merry Newman senior and Carlynn Casperson junior had 18 SA and two As each; Cosley Bruno 17 SA senior; sophomore Remi Starks 11 SA; senior Paige Adams eight SA, two A; and junior Ashley Laudert three SA.

Adams led with 25 digs, Newman 17, Sandford 14, Carlynn Casperson four, sophomores Mila Hargrave and Kiah Yadao three each, Bruno two and Laudert one.

Newman had 13 kills, Sandford nine, Laudert eight, Hargrave and Yadao one each.

“I think we just had a lot of inexperience and it showed this weekend,” said Levernier. “It was difficult for us to click consistently. We would have a few good games and we were having a hard time putting things together. I think it’s just experience and being able to dig your own holes. Five of our daughters have never traveled with high school volleyball before. When we click it’s amazing and really fun to watch and when we don’t click we struggle. We have to learn to work beyond that.

The Crimson Bears played better at the West Spiketacular earlier in the season and had a strong performance at JIVE in their home gym. The team have played a lot of games in a short period of time, according to Levernier.

“Our daughters did really well and they were really tired,” said Levernier. “I think after a big weekend like this it was hard to get up.”

Statistics were not complete for the Dimond / Service Tournament. The Crimson Bears have played 15 games.

On Friday they lost to West Anchorage 19-25, 13-25; beat Nikiski 25-23, 25-19; lost to Bartlett 14-25, 22-25; lost to Palmer 14-25, 17-25; and parted ways with Kodiak, winning 25-21 and losing 19-25.

“Bartlett was exciting,” Levernier said. “They are one of the best teams in the state and our girls have played pretty well against them.”

On Saturday, the Crimson Bears played in the Bronze Bracket. They lost to West Valley 25-21, 21-25, 13-15; and lost to Homer 17-25, 22-25.

“The hard part is we played well against very good teams and then we fought against teams that we had a really good chance of beating if we played our best,” said Levernier. “Then we stood up against the most difficult schools again. We are just working to be consistent.

Partial stats show Newman was leading with 60 AS and two As; Carlynn Casperson 59 SA; Bruno 46 SA, an A; Sandford 43 SA, an A; Adams 37 SA, two As; 18 SA, two A’s; Chloe Casperson two SA and Laudert one SA.

Newman had 138 attempted passes, Adams 131, Sandford 100, Bruno 47, Carlynn Casperson 26, Starks 18, Hargrave 14, Yadao 10, Laudert five and Chloe Casperson one.

Newman had 34 wins, Sandford 30, Laudert nine, Yadao five, Hargrave three and Adams two.

Sandford had 17 assists, Hargrave 15, Laudert 10, Yadao seven and Carlynn Casperson four.

Sandford had 10 blocks, Newman nine, Laudert eight, Hargrave and Yadao two each and Adams one.

“I had good conversations with the girls,” Levernier said. “So that I can take them aside or talk to them after the tournament is over or before the tournament, and just talk about what we’re seeing and what’s going on and what I need each girl to work on. And this group of kids is really fun because they know volleyball so well and it’s fun having these conversations. Even though they haven’t played as well as we know they can play, it’s fun having these conversations with them and being able to talk about strategy, and being able to talk about what we know they are. can do it and how are we going to get it out there. So that’s cool, they’re at this point to have these conversations.

The Crimson Bears will play their last two regular season games on Saturday against Ketchikan at JDHS. College game hours are 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm Senior players will be honored at 5 pm. They include college players Brooke Sandford, Paige Adams, Merry Newman and Cosley Bruno; second team players Clara Don, Ki’yana Ivy, Latisha Brown, Kalila Arreola and Erlyn Penalosa; and director Ben Iona and statistician Jonathon Lee.

The Crimson Bears are 4-2 in conference, Thunder Mountain is 4-2 and Ketchikan 0-4. The Region V tournament will take place November 5-6 in Ketchikan.

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