A solid Klawock Chieftains volleyball team upended the Kayhi Lady Kings in three sets on Friday evening at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
Still, the Lady Kings got some standout play from its youthful squad as it gains experience, keeping the sets competitive at 25-17, 25-19 and 25-14.
This weekend’s homestand features matches with visiting teams from Klawock and Craig high schools ahead of the regional tournament set for next weekend in Juneau.
Playing without veteran setter Taylor Jackson this weekend, the Lady Kings overcame an early deficit in the first set on the strength of an early block, a Chloe Larna service ace, and a kill by Bella Westfall-Zink off a set by Molly Sivertsen to take a 6-5 lead. A few points later, freshman libero Brenna Winder recorded a kill from the backcourt, giving Kayhi a 10-7 margin.
Then the Chieftains began to find their rhythm. Hailey Hedges notched three aces on an uncertain Kayhi defense during an 8-0 Klawock run that Westfall-Zink ended with a kill. Klawock answered with a kill from Kaiya Marvin, and Kayhi’s Kylie Brendible responded with a kill of her own.
Klawock won the next point with a kill, going up by a score of 19-13. But Kayhi wasn’t quitting. Sivertsen connected a set to Westfall-Zink for the kill, followed by another ace from Larna. A later Sivertsen to Westfall-Zink connection was Kayhi’s final point from offense in the set at 21-16. The rest of the way, it was Marvin’s game. After getting a block at the net a bit earlier, Marvin hit a kill and a service ace to help boost the Chieftains to the 25-17 win.
In the second set, Kayhi found itself down 16-8 midway through the game. The Chieftains’ Marvin and Mckinley Holien each had two kills by then. Lea Armour had an ace; Hedges had two. On the Kayhi side Brendible — who played a quality match overall — had Kayhi’s sole kill at that point.
Addisen Lewis provided a spark for the Lady Kings with two consecutive aces, but Klawock kept the Lady Kings at an 8-point margin until another Sivertsen set to Westfall-Zink for the kill brought the Lady Kings within seven points at 20-13. A later ace by Sivertsen brought Kayhi within five points, 22-17. Then, another backcourt kill from Winder was followed by a block at the net by Addisen Zink — her second block of the set. But having come close at 23-19, Kayhi was unable to close the gap any further, and ultimately dropped the set 25-19.
In the third set, the Lady Kings quickly found themselves in a 5-0 deficit after two service aces from Klawock’s Aaliyah Kato and a kill from Holien. Kayhi took advantage of some relatively rare Klawock hitting errors and an ace from Westfall-Zink to pull within two points at 7-5. Klawock then pushed its lead steadily higher, peaking at 20-9 before winning the set at 25-14.
Earlier Friday evening, the Kayhi Lady Kings JV squad played a match with the Craig Lady Panthers varsity. Craig won the match in straight sets, 25-6, 25-7 and 25-9.
As of Friday evening, the schedule for Saturday's matches starts at 10:30 a.m. with Kayhi JV playing Klawock, followed by the Kayhi varsity playing Craig at noon, all at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.