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Volleyball in Craig

posted Oct 11, 2010, 1:19 PM by Mark Nance
By Craig Giammona
Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel

The Mt. Edgecumbe volleyball team just keeps winning. The Lady Braves beat 4A Thunder Mountain, a school in Juneau's Mendenhall Valley, in straight sets Sept. 30, then beat conference rival Craig on consecutive nights.

The wins improved the Lady Braves to 7-0 this season, with a 6-0 mark in the conference. The Lady Braves have now won 55 straight conference games.

"We're definitely pleased at being 6-0, that's a great thing," MEHS coach Rich Calkins said. "We thought we'd be competitive by the end of the season, but the girls have really stepped up and been competitive early."

The Lady Braves cruised past Thunder Mountain with wins of 25-9, 25-13 and 25-12. The Lady Braves scored another sweep the next night at B.J. McGillis Gymnasium beating the Craig Lady Panthers 26-24, 25-12 and 25-23. Calkins said Donnita White (11th grade, Hoonah) and Katelyn Cook (10th grade, Craig) both played well as setters in the match.

"We always ask our setters to make our passers better, I was very, very pleased with that," Calkins said.

The Lady Braves Craig once more Oct. 2 to stay undefeated. Craig won the first game of the match 25-15, but the Lady Braves rebounded to take the next three: 25-18, 25-18 and 25-13.

The Lady Braves' next conference match will be against Sitka High at B.J. McGillis Gymnasium.