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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Both Craig and Wrangell high schools will represent Region V at the ASAA 2A state volleyball tournament in Anchorage this week.
The two teams will start their state tournament bouts on Thursday at Dimond High School.
Craig will face Glennallen High School at 11:45 a.m.
Wrangell will face Chevak High School at 3:15 p.m.
The winner will advance to play Thursday evening in the quarterfinals. The loser will be bumped to the loser’s bracket, but will still have a shot at a state title. Those games will be played Friday morning.
The state tournament is set up as a double-elimination bracket.
With the top two spots in the region guaranteed a trip to the state championships, the two volleyball teams took first and second, respectively, at the Region V Small Schools Tournament on Nov. 17 in Metlakatla.
Craig’s Lady Panthers were the top-seeded team in the regional tourney. They defeated Petersburg High School 3-0 in the regional semifinal, before coming from behind in a one-set playoff against Wrangell for the regional title.
Wrangell’s Lady Wolves had defeated Craig in the first game for the regional championship, but it was Craig’s first loss in the double-elimination tournament. That forced a winner-take-all 30-point set.
Wrangell’s trip to the regional title match was a little more stressful.
The Lady Wolves had their backs against the wall, one point away from being booted out of the tournament during a consolation match against Klawock High School.
Down 12-3 in the third set — and behind 2-0 in the best-of-five bout — Wrangell bounced back.
They would rally, defeating Klawock in three straight sets, as well as Petersburg and Craig in succession, before falling to the Lady Panthers in the 30-point set.
But the state tournament tickets were already punched, sending the Lady Wolves — as well as the Lady Panthers — to Anchorage.