Returning the ball

Ketchikan High School's Lindsay Byron (11) returns the ball against Thunder Mountain's Moana Tuvaifale (12) during a conference varsity volleyball match on Sept. 10 at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium. Byron was named to the All-Tournament team during the Spiketacular tournament in Anchorage this past weekend. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

After a tough first day in the Spiketacular tournament on Friday, going 0-7 in pool play against some of the top volleyball teams in the state, the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings certainly flipped the script during their stay in Anchorage on Saturday.

Kayhi started bracket-play with a 2-0 victory over Nikiski High School Saturday morning.

Not even 24 hours earlier, Nikiski had beaten Kayhi 26-24 in a one-set pool play game. But the Lady Kings won Saturday’s sets 21-17 and 21-13.

From there, Kayhi would continue to put a different spin on the outcomes of Saturday’s matches, finishing third in its bracket out of seven teams.

Overall, 22 volleyball squads competed in the Spiketacular tournament, which was hosted by West Anchorage High School. After a full day of pool play games on Friday, teams were divvied up into three brackets for Saturday’s competition. Saturday’s matches were a best-of-three sets.

After beating Nikiski 2-0, Kayhi rallied past Wasilla High School in the bracket’s quarterfinal, 2-1.

The Lady Kings dropped the first set 25-23, but won two frames in a row to beat Wasilla.

The Lady Kings won the second set 21-16, and the third set 15-13.

The victory bumped Kayhi into the semifinal against Soldotna High School.

Soldotna — the bracket’s eventual winner — beat Kayhi in the first set of the semifinal, 21-17. But again, the Lady Kings rallied back to take the second set 21-15.

However, Soldotna won the third set 15-11, pushing Kayhi to the consolation portion of the double-elimination bracket, where the Lady Kings had a rematch against Wasilla.

Wasilla would win that match 2-0, taking the sets 25-14 and 25-18.

Soldotna went on to beat Wasilla in the bracket’s title game, 2-1.

Byron earns honors

Kayhi junior Lindsay Byron was named to the Spiketacular tournament’s All-Tournament team.

TMHS, JDHS finish fourth

Both Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas high schools also were in Anchorage for the Spiketacular tournament, and both placed fourth in their respective tournaments.

After going 7-0 in pool play on Friday, Thunder Mountain lost its first-round game against Dimond High School, 2-0, on Saturday.

Thunder Mountain won a pair of games 2-1, beating Colony and Kodiak high schools in the consolation rounds, before finishing fourth in its bracket.

Just like its counterpart from Juneau, Juneau-Douglas placed fourth in its bracket.

After going 2-4 in pool play on Friday, Juneau-Douglas beat the South Anchorage High School JV squad 2-1 Saturday morning, before falling to Kenai High School, 2-1, in its bracket’s quarterfinal.

Juneau-Douglas then beat East Anchorage High School 2-0, before falling to West Anchorage High School 2-0, and finishing fourth in its bracket.

Upcoming schedule

The Lady Kings are scheduled to host Juneau-Douglas, Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka high schools this week.

Games are set to begin on Wednesday with matchups against Mt. Edgucumbe.

Kayhi’s JV squad will jump start the action at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, with varsity slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The two schools will go head-to-head once more on Thursday, with JV playing at 2:30 p.m. and varsity at 4 p.m.

Squads from Juneau-Douglas and Sitka will be in town on Friday and Saturday.

A limited number of spectators will be allowed at the games, although only those with a ticket will be able to enter Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

The Lady Kings have a limited number of tickets to give to family members. There will not be ticket sales at Kayhi. Spectators will only be allowed to games after school is out of session for the day, and masks will be required.

Varsity matchups will be livestreamed on at kgbsd.org/live, and broadcast on KPU channel 685.