The Eielson High School volleyball team claimed the first set against Valdez in Saturday’s finale of an Aurora Conference season-opening series at Eielson Air Force Base.

The rest of the afternoon, however, belonged to the Buccaneers, who won in four sets — 23-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-23 — to sweep the series.

“I think the best thing about my team,” Eielson head coach Nicole Robinson said, “is their resiliency."

“Even though they lost (Friday) night, they could have easily come in today with their heads hung down and not even trying.

“I told them today before we started the game, if you think you can or if you think you can’t, you’re right. You have to make that decision. They showed up.”

Eielson lost 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 Friday night.

On Saturday, Shannon Holan came up with 34 digs and Trinity Eliasen distributed 30 assists for the Ravens.

Sarah Loveless had a team-high nine kills. Jessica Eid and Gabriella Baker chipped in seven kills apiece and Alyssa White had six.

Baker also provided eight assists, while White and Loveless each served two aces.

Eid also had two blocks for the Ravens, who return to action against the Monroe Catholic Rams in an Aurora game at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 in Monroe Catholic’s Boileau Hall.


West Valley at Chugiak 

The West Valley Wolfpack finished in 11th place among 12 teams Saturday in the Chugiak Invitational at Chugiak High School.

West Valley compiled a 4-18 record with four calculated points in the standings of the two-day pool play tournament.

West Valley’s only sweep Saturday was 25-22, 25-16 over Anchorage’s Grace Christian.

West Valley’s losses were 25-5, 25-19 to South Anchorage; 25-17, 25-10 to eventual tournament champion Dimond, also of Anchorage; 25-14, 25-21 to Bartlett, of Anchorage; 25-10, 27-25 to West Anchorage; and 25-12, 25-15 to host Chugiak.

West Valley split with Colony, of Palmer, winning 25-23 in the first set and 25-19 in the second set.

The Wolfpack were also in 11th place Friday after going 1-7-1 against four opponents — Service, of Anchorage, East Anchorage, Wasilla and Eagle River. West Valley split against Eagle River.

Friday’s standings were based on sets won, lost and split. West Valley split with Eagle River.


Monroe JV tournament

West Valley led after Friday’s first round of the Monroe Catholic Junior Varsity Tournament.

The Wolfpack went 4-1 in one-set pool play games in Boileau Hall.

The Valdez Buccaneers were second, also at 4-1, and the host Rams were third at 3-2.

The Delta Junction Huskies ended the first round also at 3-2, finishing fourth. The Lathrop Malemutes were in fifth place after a 1-4 start in the tournament, and the Hutchison Hawks rounded out the tournament field Friday with an 0-5 mark.

No results were available from Saturday’s matches.

Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.