Shyla Abajian returns the ball

Left, Ketchikan High School's Shyla Abajian (15) returns the ball to Mt. Edgecumbe High School defenders Erica Aaberg (11) and Charlee Korthuis (12) on Wednesday  at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — All night, the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings volleyball squad had to battle their way against the Mt. Edgecumbe High School Lady Braves — and each and every time, the Lady Kings prevailed.

Kayhi swept Mt. Edgecumbe in a back-and-forth bout inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium on Wednesday night, winning the best-of-five match 3-0.

The Lady Kings won the sets 25-23, 25-21 and 25-20, although Kayhi found itself behind in every set.

After jumping out to an early 5-2 lead in the first frame, Kayhi lost 11 of the next 13 points, falling behind 13-7.

After Kayhi inched closer, 13-9, Mt. Edgecumbe tacked on two more, making it 15-9, and the Lady Braves maintained five-point and six-point leads for the next several minutes.

But then the Lady Kings started to climb back.

Down 18-12, Kayhi’s Bree Johnson flipped the ball over the net with a soft touch that landed in open ground, giving Kayhi its 13th point, and gave the Lady Kings possession.

Kayhi scored four more tallies, cutting the deficit to one, 18-17, and eventually climbed ahead a few moments later, winning 25-23.

Mt. Edgecumbe had early leads in both the second and third sets, but Kayhi continued to bounce back.

 The Lady Kings’ Alli Thomas and Lindsay Byron both had a pair of hard right-hand hits in the second set, helping Kayhi to its 25-21 win.

Kayhi scored its 23rd point in the set via a total team effort.

The Lady Kings had saves from Taylor Jackson, Stevie Kamm, as well as Thomas, Johnson and Byron, during a volley that extended Kayhi’s slim lead, 23-20. The well-earned point brought Kayhi’s bench to its feet, as the Lady Kings cheered their teammates.

And it was more of the same in the third frame.

After Mt. Edgecumbe took an 8-5 lead, Kayhi rallied back.

The Lady Kings scored 12 of the next 15 points, climbing ahead 17-11, en route to the 25-20 victory.

Kayhi’s Reilly McCue set up Thomas for Kayhi’s 17th point, and Thomas hammered the ball across the floor.

Mt. Edgecumbe was unable to return it, and Kayhi kept piling on points, maintaining a lead the rest of the match.

JV Lady Kings win 3-1

Kayhi’s junior varsity squad beat Mt. Edgecumbe’s JV team 3-1 Wednesday evening.

The Lady Kings’ JV squad won the first set 25-21. Mt. Edgecumbe’s JV team won the second set 25-12, but Kayhi’s JV squad rebounded for a 25-23 win in the third set.

Kayhi’s JV team sealed the victory with a 25-18 win the fourth set to take the first match of its two-game series against Mt. Edgecumbe.

Full Week Ahead

Kayhi will continue its full schedule of games this week, as the Lady Kings are lined up for another matchup against Mt. Edgecumbe on Thursday.

The JV squads will start the action at 2:30 p.m. The varsity teams will take the floor at 4 p.m.

Teams from Juneau-Douglas and Sitka high schools will then travel to the First City for a set of matchups on Friday and Saturday.

Here is the schedule for the weekend ahead:

Friday’s Games

Kayhi JV vs. Juneau-Douglas JV, 12 p.m.

Kayhi varsity vs. Juneau-Douglas, 1:30 p.m.

Kayhi JV vs. Sitka JV, 4 p.m.

Kayhi varsity vs. Sitka, 5 p.m.

Sitka JV vs. Juneau-Douglas JV, 6 p.m.

Sitka vs. Juneau-Douglas, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

Kayhi JV vs. Juneau-Douglas JV, 12 p.m.

Kayhi varsity vs. Juneau-Douglas, 1:30 p.m.

Kayhi JV vs. Sitka JV, 3 p.m.

Kayhi varsity vs. Sitka, 4 p.m.

Kayhi JV vs. Sitka JV, 6 p.m.

Kayhi varsity vs. Sitka, 7:30 p.m.

Spectators Allowed

Spectators will be allowed inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium during this week’s scheduled games against all three schools. However, only those individuals who present tickets will be allowed to enter.

A limited number of tickets are being distributed by the Lady Kings’ volleyball program, and are reserved for close family members or friends. The limited number of tickets ensures spectators will be able to socially distance while seated on both sides of the upper-level bleachers. Masks also will be required while inside Kayhi.

Tickets will not be sold at the gate, and during days when school is in session, spectators will be allowed only for matches beginning after 3:15 p.m.

Games Livestreamed

The varsity matchups are being livestreamed this week at kgbsd.org/live. Varsity matchups also are broadcast on KPU channel 685.