Chugiak opens CIC volleyball tourney with win
Eagle River falls to top-seeded Dimond High
Eagle River’s Drew Sheperd bumps the ball during a match against visiting Chugiak on Friday, Nov. 1.
The first match of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament didn’t last long.
Fourth-seeded Chugiak made quick work of No. 5 Service with a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-22, 25-20) on the Cougars’ home court Tuesday, Nov. 5.
That was just the start the Mustangs were looking for, setter Anna Ingraham said.
“It was good to come out strong,” she said.
Preparation keyed the win, senior Rachel Topf said.
“We were just really ready to go,” she said.
Elle Gray recorded 10 digs and seven kills for the Mustangs, who got 16 digs from Sara Rutz.
Chugiak played top-seeded Dimond on Wednesday, Nov. 6, but a score was not available when the Star went to press. The Lynx defeated No. 8 Eagle River 3-0 (25-10, 25-4, 25-11) in the first round Tuesday.
The Wolves played Service on Wednesday in an elimination game, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.
A victory over Dimond would put Chugiak in the winner’s bracket semifinal Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. A loss would put the Mustangs in an elimination game Friday at 4 p.m. Check www.alaskastar.com for updates.
If the Mustangs want to secure one of three CIC state berths, the team can’t dwell on mistakes, Topf said.
That’s been a major focal point at practice, Ingraham said.
We’ve been working on our mind game,” she said.
Topf said Chugiak can’t concern itself with who’s on the other side of the court.
“We just have to play our own game,” she said.
The Mustangs have persevered through a season of ups and downs, Ingraham said, and are peaking right when they want to.
“We’re finally starting to jell at the right time,” she said.
Chugiak is hosting this year’s state tournament Nov. 14-16.
Chugiak 3, Eagle River 0
Visiting Chugiak swept rival Eagle River 3-0 (25-7, 25-18, 25-11) on Friday, Nov. 1 in the regular-season finale. Rutz had 11 digs and five aces for the Mustangs. Natalie Star furnished 11 kills and Topf dished 15 assists to go along with her 12 digs and six kills for Chugiak.
Kyla Meadows had four kills for the Wolves, who got five assists from Kayla Gioffre.