KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A pair of Ketchikan High School teams competed outside of the First City on Friday.
Both the Lady Kings’ volleyball squad and Kayhi’s swim and dive team were out of town at different events. The volleyball team traveled to Anchorage, and the swim and dive team was in Petersburg.
Both squads also will compete on Saturday, as will the Kayhi cross country team. Kayhi’s runners will travel to Sitka for a meet.
Here is a rundown of Friday’s events for both volleyball and swim and dive:
The Kayhi volleyball team nearly had a pair of wins during its set of pool play games at the Spiketacular tournament on Friday at West Anchorage High School. But the one-set matchups fell in favor of Kayhi’s opposition.
The Lady Kings pushed both of their matches against Nikiski and Thunder Mountain high schools to extra points, forcing Nikiski and Thunder Mountain to tally more than the necessary 25 points needed to win the set.
With the winner needing a two-point advantage, Nikiski beat Kayhi 26-24; Thunder Mountain won 27-25.
But that was as close as Kayhi came to overcoming its opposition on Friday, as Kayhi fell in all seven of its pool play matchups. It will have the No. 8 seed in bracket play of the Spiketacular tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Kings will play Nikiski in their first game of the double-elimination tournament. They’re scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
Kayhi opened its set of pool play games against Kodiak High School on Friday, dropping the match 22-19.
Due to a time constraint between their first and second matchups of the day, the Lady Kings quickly jumped from their game against Kodiak to their match against Nikiski.
Kayhi then played Thunder Mountain, before going head-to-head against South Anchorage High School’s JV team. Kayhi lost 25-20 to the JV squad.
The Lady Kings dropped their match against Chugiak High School, 25-14, and fell against Homer High School, 25-17.
Kayhi closed out the day with a 25-12 loss against West Anchorage.
The one-set matchups were done to help speed up pool play on Friday. There are 22 volleyball squads in attendence for the Spiketacular tournament this weekend.
Swim and Dive
The Kayhi swim and dive team traveled to Petersburg this weekend for its first out-of-town meet since fall 2019.
After the entire 2020 season was done virtually, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Kayhi is joining several other Southeast schools at the Petersburg Invitational, including Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Sitka, Craig and Wrangell high schools.
Competition for the Petersburg Invitational started Friday, and will continue on Saturday. The Kayhi squad will return to Ketchikan on Saturday evening.
Results from the Petersburg Invitational will be in a forthcoming issue.
Kayhi hosted its first in-person home meet in two years, two weeks ago — on Sept. 3-4.