Juneau Douglas middle blocker Addie Prussing taps the ball over the net during a 3-0 victory over the Ketchikan Kings on Saturday. (Dustin Safranek | Ketchikan Daily News)

Juneau Douglas middle blocker Addie Prussing taps the ball over the net during a 3-0 victory over the Ketchikan Kings on Saturday. (Dustin Safranek | Ketchikan Daily News)

Crimson Bears take 4-0 record to Spiketacular

Thunder Mountain hosts second home series

The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team earned a second consecutive weekend sweep over Ketchikan High School. The Crimson Bears won in straight sets, 25-19, 25-12, 25-9, on Saturday at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium, remaining perfect on the season at 4-0. JDHS won on Friday, 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-5), as well.

Senior Riley Stadt led the team with 12 service aces and 18 digs on the weekend. Sophomore JoJo Griggs finished with 16 attacks on Friday, converting nine of them into points, while senior Skylar Hickok had a team-high six kills on Saturday.

JDHS breaks for nonconference action this weekend, joining 16 other teams at the Spiketacular Tournament at West Anchorage High School and Romig Middle School in Anchorage. The Crimson Bears play eight round robin games (one set to 25) — five on Friday and three on Saturday — before beginning the bracket portion of the tournament. JDHS went 5-2 in the round robin last year, but lost in the first round of the Gold Bracket to Barrow.

The Black and Red’s round robin opponents include South Anchorage and Dimond, two of the perennial powers in the state. The Lynx are the reigning runner-ups in the Spiketacular and have won the last three state championships.

Wasilla will be another worthy opponent. Juneau-Douglas eliminated Wasilla from the state tournament last year after the Warriors plotted their demise a year earlier.

Thunder Mountain (2-0) gets set to battle Ketchikan in two of the next three weekends, starting this Friday with an 8 p.m. tilt at the Thunderdome.

JDHS and Thunder Mountain will play each other Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 26-27. The crosstown rivals were 2-2 in head-to-head matches last season. The narrative changed once the postseason started though — JDHS edged TMHS 3-0 and 3-2 at the Region V Tournament.


• Contact sports reporter Nolin Ainsworth at 523-2272 or nainsworth@juneauempire.com. Follow Empire Sports at @akempiresports.


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