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By JOE JUDD
Daily News Sports Editor
The Ketchikan High School varisty volleyball team lost its second match in as many days, as the Lady Kings fell to the Thunder Mountain High School Lady Falcons 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 8-25 and 6-25) at the Clarke Cochrane Gym on Saturday evening.
With the loss, the team is now 0-2 on the young season.
Following a 3-0 shutout at the hands of TMHS the night before, the Lady Kings stormed back on Saturday, trading points with their opponents from Juneau throughout the opening set.
Kayhi first-year head coach Beth Sandefur said after the match that she was proud of the effort and hard word put in over the weekend by her relatively young team.
“We have girls with passion who came out to play,” Sandefur said. “We’re improving every week — which is amazing — and they have a lot of talent that we’re watching grow; it’s very exciting.”
Sandefur went on to say that the primary goal of her team going forward in the season is consistency and avoiding up-and-down “emotional rollercoasters.”
The Lady Kings stormed back to even the match in what was a back-and-forth second set. Kayhi scored the first two points of the set and eventually found itself up 24-19, before narrowly coming away with the set victorty.
It was the first time Kayhi won a set, after being blanked on Friday night.
“They won one of their games tonight and that felt really good,” Sandefur said.
After emerging victorious in the second set, Kayhi took a step backward in sets three and four, putting up single-digit point totals en route to its eventual defeat.
Looking back upon her team’s first official weekend of competition, Sandefur said she saw Kayhi improve between Friday and Saturday’s results.
“They came back today and, instead of being afraid of the ball, they showed up as a team, were competitive and ready to play.”
The Lady Kings will next play in the annual Volleyball Spiketacular in Anchorage beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 and will conclude on Sept. 16.