Juneau-Douglas’ Gabi Griggs bumps the ball up against Ketchikan during the Region V Volleyball Tournament at Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. JDHS won 25-8, 25-14, 14-25, 25-15. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau-Douglas’ Gabi Griggs bumps the ball up against Ketchikan during the Region V Volleyball Tournament at Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. JDHS won 25-8, 25-14, 14-25, 25-15. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

JDHS surprises crosstown foe in region semis

They’re winners of two in a row.

Thunder Mountain High School stole the show at last year’s Region V Volleyball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaat.at Kalé, winning its first title in school history.

JDHS appears to be repaying the favor at this year’s tournament, hosted across town at TMHS’ home gym. The Crimson Bears secured a spot in the championship game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday after consecutive wins over the Ketchikan and Thunder Mountain on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

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Friday’s 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-20) win snapped a six-match losing streak to Thunder Mountain dating back to last season. The Falcons cruised past the Crimson Bears four times this season, winning 3-1 on Oct. 4, 5 and last Friday and 3-0 last Saturday.

JDHS and Thunder Mountain take the court Saturday afternoon with JDHS needing to win once and TMHS needing to win twice to hoist the region trophy.

Ketchikan was eliminated Friday night in the loser-out semifinals, falling 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-13) to Thunder Mountain.

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