By CRAIG GIAMMONA
Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
The Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves volleyball team won a pair of conference matches in Craig Sept 30-Oct. 1.
The Lady Braves improved to 5-1 on the season. The MEHS girls now have six conference games remaining before the Region V tournament in Juneau Nov. 3-5.
MEHS coach Rich Calkins said he was pleased with the wins over Craig, but that the team needs to play more consistently.
“Sometimes you run up against a team with a hot hitter and there’s not a lot you can do about it,” Calkins said. “That wasn’t the case, we had a lot of unforced errors.”
He added: “On the positive side, our girls did buckle down and compete when it came down to crunch time.”
The Lady Braves won 3-1 Friday night, then took a 3-0 win Saturday. In Friday’s match, the Lady Braves won the first two games 25-21 and 25-13, then lost 25-23. Leading 2-1, the Lady Braves closed out the win with a 25-21 win in the fourth game. The scores Saturday were 26-24, 25-23 and 25-15.
Calkins credited senior Brenna Johanson and junior Marian Martin, two players from Hoonah, with showing leadership during the Craig trip.
Freshman Taryn White also continued her development into a tough front-line hitter and Maggie Okakok “had some nice swings from the outside,” Calkins said.
“We have the depth and enough different weapons to score. It’s those free points,” he said.
The Lady Braves will play at the annual Juneau JIVE tournament Oct. 7-8.