Lady Wolves battle in Klawock
Wrangell senior Tori Gulla catches air – and is backed up by her team – as she fires a return past a defender from Metlakatla last weekend in Klawock.
The Lady Wolves volleyball team traveled to Klawock last weekend and walked away with a convincing win over Metlakatla – though losing in straight sets to Craig and Klawock, and losing 3-2 against Haines.
According to head coach Jessica Whitaker, the Metlakatla match, where the Lady Wolves dominated 25-19, 25-13, 25-8, was the highlight of the weekend for the team.
“Metlakatla was during our second day there and the girls were able to focus on transitioning on-and-off the net as well as setting up,” Whitaker said. “All areas of the net were critical and we were able to work well on backsetting. They played really well and were able to talk with each other and pull out the win.”
The Lady Wolves outings against the squads from Craig and Klawock didn’t go the same way, however, with 25-23, 25-16, 25-16, and 25-22, 25-11, 25-19 losses respectively.
“We knew they were going to be difficult teams all year long,” Whitaker said. “We have been pretty closely matched with both of them. They were neck-and-neck all the way through but it came down to serving. We had really poor serving Craig, which let them get the runaway on us. Without serving you never gain the lead and that was our downfall.”
The Lady Wolves will get some well needed rest over the next few weeks, with both the varsity and JV teams taking a break from league play until the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1 when Wrangell hosts the 2A Region V tournament at home. Times for matches in the tournament are yet to be determined.
Even though there will be no league games, an alumni match will take place on Friday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m., with the Petersburg Lady Vikings tentatively set to stage an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 24. Times for matches against Petersburg are also yet to be determined.