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Weather freezes Lady Whalers out at state

November 22nd, 2013 | Tommy Wells Print this article   Email this article  

If anyone was keeping score over at the Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament, the line might have read: Mother Nature 1, Anchorage Christian 1, Barrow 0.

The Lady Whalers suffered a memorable outing at the state tournament even though they lost just one game on the court. Bad weather conditions highlighted a quick exit from the double-elimination event.

The No. 2 seed from the Western Conference, the Lady Whalers' never got on track in the first round. In fact, they never got on the court.

After the team had arrived in Fairbanks on Wednesday to board a connecting flight to Anchorage, inclement weather set in. Weather conditions forced the airline to cancel the Lady Whalers' original flight, leaving the Lady Whalers unable to arrive for their 8 a.m. matchup with Mt. Edgecumbe.

Alaska School Activities Association officials didn't panic, however. Barrow's first-round game was rescheduled for 5 p.m.

Mother Nature wasn't as amenable. Weather conditions later prompted the airline to cancel the team's second flight. The cancellation forced tournament officials to grant Mt. Edgecumbe with a victory via a forfeit.

Even though his team advanced, Mt. Edgecumbe head coach Richard Calkins said he would have rather played.

"We were really looking forward to playing Barrow," he said. "As a coach, I really wanted to get that first match and get rid of some of those first-game jitters."

Barrow finally found the road to the state tournament. Despite being delayed until late Thursday in Fairbanks, the Lady Whalers arrived in Chugiak for their second-round game against Anchorage Christian.

Unfortunately for Barrow, the team got off to a slow start. ACS pounded out back-to-back wins of 25-13 and 25-12 to grab a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five match.

Barrow managed to get its game untracked in the third game. Led by seniors Agenla Miguel, Asia Miguel-Leavitt and Keisha David, the BHS spikers raced back to claim a thrilling 25-21 win.

ACS recovered from there. The Lady Lions, led by former Dillingham High School standout Bryn Tennyson, closed out the contest with a slim 25-23 win on Game 4.

With the win, ACS advanced to the consolation quarterfinals, where they suffered a 3-1 loss to Skyview. Grace Christian claimed the Class 3A state title on Saturday with a 27-25, 25-14 and 25-21 win over Mt. Edgecumbe in the finals.


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