The Skyview volleyball team came back from losing two games to Juneau in Friday's pool play to sweep the Crimson Bears in Saturday's championship game of the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza, also known as the JIVE tournament.
The second-seeded Panthers notched 15-13, 15-7 and 15-2 victories over top-seeded Juneau Saturday to come out on top of the eight-team tournament.
Both teams were 12-2 in the round-robin portion of the tournament, which also included Craig, Wrangell, North Pole, Ketchikan, Sitka and Kotzebue. However, Juneau earned the top seed because it handed Skyview both of its losses.
Skyview senior Amanda Bauer said the Panthers may have thought about the losses to Juneau, but it wasn't at the forefront of their minds as they played the Crimson Bears for the title.
She said what helped Skyview was an eight-hour break the Panthers enjoyed before the final because they were one of the first teams to complete their round-robin games.
"Maybe, but it wasn't consciously on our minds," Bauer said when asked if there was extra incentive against Juneau. "The break really helped because we got to go do some stuff.
"Then, we established our middle hitters and they really got a chance to swing."
Skyview senior Beth Massey, one of the middle hitters Bauer was referring to, agreed that the break was beneficial.
"The break helped us visualize what we needed to do," Massey said. "We were really enthusiastic. We had a lot of emotion."
The Crimson Bears and the Panthers played a first game that saw seven lead changes and five ties. Juneau led 13-11 late in the game, but Skyview came back to win the game as Massey made three kills and a block down the stretch.
Juneau took a 4-1 lead in the second game, but Skyview roared back for a 7-4 lead. Juneau was able to tie the game at 7-7, but then Juneau's passing game started to fall apart and Skyview was able to run off the final eight points.
In the final game, Juneau never got untracked as Skyview took leads of 5-0 and 6-2 before closing out the last nine points of the match.
"It was really disappointing," Juneau's Brenna Asper-Smith said. "We were ready to play."
In the other final-round matches Saturday, Craig needed five games to beat Wrangell 12-15, 15-8, 15-9, 6-15 and 15-9 in the third-fourth place match; North Pole defeated Ketchikan 15-13, 11-15, 15-4 and 15-11 in the fifth-sixth place match; and Sitka swept Kotzebue 15-1, 15-6 and 15-6 in the seventh-eighth place match.
The all-tournament team featured three players from Skyview -- Bauer, Massey and Christina Colvin.
Charles Bingham of the Juneau Empire contributed to this report.
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