KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Friday night’s volleyball matchup between Ketchikan and Thunder Mountain high schools started off as a back-and-forth affair.
But any momentum the Kayhi Lady Kings had following their battle in the first set against the Thunder Mountain Falcons — albeit in a losing effort, 25-23 — quickly washed away.
The Falcons rolled to a 25-7 win the second set, and took the third frame 25-17, winning the first matchup of the two-game series this weekend, 3-0.
The two teams will meet once more inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium for a midday matchup on Saturday.
The varsity squads are set to start at 11:30 a.m.
Right from the get-go the Lady Kings and Falcons nearly matched each other point for point in the opening set.
Helped along by Lindsay Byron and Alli Thomas, Kayhi carried an early 4-2 lead. But Thunder Mountain rallied back, eventually tying it 5-5.
From there the two teams would go two-for-two.
Kayhi would take a two-point lead, only to have Thunder Mountain continually come back to tie it up.
Knotted at 5-5, Kayhi jumped back ahead, 7-5. Thunder Mountain responded, tying it 7-7.
Kayhi again jumped ahead 9-7, and Thunder Mountain knotted it up again, 9-9.
And then the score began to favor the Falcons.
After the Lady Kings’ Jenae Rhoads bumped the ball over for a brief 10-9 lead, Thunder Mountain leaped ahead, 14-10.
With Sydney Strong serving from the baseline, the Falcons strung together four straight points, and never relinquished the lead.
Kayhi tied it 18-18, 20-20 and 23-23. But Thunder Mountain stayed a step ahead en route to its 25-23 win in the first frame.
Thunder Mountain jumped out to an 8-0 in the second set before Kayhi scored a point in the frame, and the Lady Kings weren’t able to gain any traction in the third set, as well.
JV Lady Kings fall to TMHS
The JV Lady Kings fell 3-1 to Thunder Mountain’s JV squad. Kayhi won the first set 25-23. But the JV Falcons rallied back to take the second, third and fourth sets, 25-12, 25-18 and 25-13, respectively.
The two JV teams will be in action once more at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Fans in the stands
As part of a “high risk spectator pilot program” the Ketchikan School District allowed a limited number of spectators inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium for Friday night’s volleyball matchup. A limited number of spectators also will be allowed to Saturday’s matchup.
Only those spectators who present a ticket are allowed inside. Ticketing is not open to the general public.
Family members of the Lady Kings’ players were in attendance, but were spaced out throughout both sides of the upper-level bleachers inside the gymnasium.
Saturday’s varsity matchup against Thunder Mountain will be livestreamed on kgbsd.org/live, and also broadcast on KPU channel 685.
Only the varsity matchup will be broadcast on Saturday.