Chugiak volleyball advances at state
Chugiak rallied Friday with a 3-0 win over Wasilla after opening the state class 4A volleyball tournament with a 3-1 loss to Palmer on Thursday. The Mustangs won 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 and will take on Juneau-Douglas in the fourth-place match Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at the Menard Center in Wasilla.
After a close first game, Chugiak took control of the match. The Mustangs jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the second game and led by at least five points the rest of the way.
The third game went the same way. The Mustangs built an 11-3 lead and led by six or more to close out the match.
The team found a unity that was nonexistent against Palmer, freshman Rachel Gregg said.
“As a team, we all came together, and that made a difference,” she said. “We’re a great team, and when we play together, we play well.”
Gregg, who recorded two blocks, had a strong defensive game, said head coach Kelly Kavanaugh.
“She was awesome,” he said.
Gregg, who got a hand on several of Wasilla spike attempts, said Kavanaugh tells her to believe she’ll get the ball every time she approaches the net.
“And that’s what I thought,” Gregg said. “I have more confidence in myself.”
Gregg also added four kills and three assists in the match.
Mollie Matthis had 18 assists, 12 digs, three kills and one block. Karlee Kavanaugh had 16 digs and 10 kills.
Coach Kavanaugh said his team’s defense keyed the victory.
“They were totally disciplined on the block,” he said. “They owned the net.”