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11/30/2018
Craig to play in state semifinal: Wrangell wins one, drops another

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Craig High School won both of its matches in the ASAA 2A state volleyball tournament in Anchorage on Thursday. With its victories, Craig advances to the state semifinal match against Sustina Valley High School at 6:15 p.m. on Friday.

The Lady Panthers battled through their wins against Glennallen and Cordova high schools at Dimond High School. Craig won the matches 3-2 and 3-1, respectively.

Craig’s first bout against Glennallen went the distance. And the Lady Panthers needed every tally they could scrounge, including an extra point in the first set. Craig won the first frame 26-24, before dropping each of the ensuing second and third sets 25-22.

The Lady Panthers would rally back winning both the fourth and fifth frames 25-23 and 15-12, respectively, for their 3-2 win.

Craig didn’t coast by Cordova, either. After winning the first set 25-20, Craig lost the second set 25-21.

The third and fourth frames remained close. But the Lady Panthers posted a 25-20 win in the third set, and they had a 25-19 win in the fourth to clinch a spot in the final four.

Wrangell High School is also representing Region V at the state tournament. The Lady Wolves finished their Thursday bouts 1-1 in the double-elimination tournament.

Wrangell defeated Chevak High School in three straight sets, 25-12, 25-12 and 25-5, in its first match.

But the Lady Wolves fell in their quarterfinal game against Sustina Valley 3-1. The winner of that bout would move on to play Craig.

Wrangell won the first set 25-16. But it dropped the second set 25-21, the third set 25-19, and the fourth set 25-19. The loss bumps Wrangell to the consolation bracket. It will play the winner of the match between Glennallen and Dillingham High School on Friday at 2:45 p.m. The Lady Panthers must win outright throughout the rest of the tournament, as they still have a shot at a state title.