Wolves can’t close out T-Birds

Chugiak falls to dominant South squad


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Eagle River’s Kathy Michalski (10) looks to make the block during the Wolves 3-2 loss to East in a Cook Inlet Conference match on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Eagle River High. With two matches left in the regular season, Eagle River holds a one-match advantage over West for fourth place in the CIC.

STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH

On a night dedicated to thinking pink, the Eagle River volleyball team was feeling blue after losing a heartbreaking five-set match (19-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 17-15) to the East Thunderbirds Tuesday night at Eagle River High.

The Wolves held a 2-1 lead after three sets, but couldn’t finish off the feisty T-Birds.

“They just figured it would be a walk in the park,” said coach Katie Hulse, whose team fell to 6-6 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

Eagle River appeared to be in control of the match after East and its head coach melted down in the third set. East coach Jim Dooley was warned for arguing a double-hit call on his team midway through the set, and Eagle River capitalized by scoring seven of the final nine points to take command.

But East rallied in the fourth behind the big hitting of Wenda Poleo, who finished with a game-high 14 kills. The T-Birds tied things up with a 25-20 win in the set, then held off a late Eagle River charge to claim a tight 17-15 win in the deciding set.

Hulse said after her team watched East struggle with its composure, the Wolves seemed to lose their killer instinct.

“I think they just got a little overconfident,” Hulse said.

Tess Anderson, Gabbi Lecates and Lexie Curtis each finished with 10 kills for Eagle River, which currently holds a one-match edge over West for fourth place in the CIC with two matches remaining. Morgen Wohrle finished with 23 digs for Eagle River, which also got four blocks from Kathy Michalski.

The Wolves wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with all proceeds from concessions and admission going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

 

South 3, Chugiak 0 (25-5, 25-20, 25-12)

Undefeated South rolled over visiting Chugiak 3-0 in Cook Inlet Conference Play Tuesday night.

The Wolverines improved to 12-0 in the conference, while third-place Chugiak dropped to 8-4.

Both Chugiak and Eagle River will play in the 20-team Service/Dimond Tournament, which begins Friday, Oct. 21.

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