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Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 11:56 pm | Updated: 11:34 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — After an up-and-down day of high school volleyball, the West Valley Wolfpack placed second in the Juneau Invitational, losing to Eagle River in the championship match.

The highlight of the tournament came in the semifinals when the Wolfpack knocked off previously undefeated Juneau-Douglas 25-17, 22-25, 15-5.

“We played beautifully against Juneau,” West Valley coach Dave Cox said Saturday night. “It was the best match of the weekend.”

After beating the Crimson Bears, the Wolfpack had trouble handling the powerful Eagle River Wolves, losing the championship match 25-17, 25-16.

“It was a good experience for us, but we were back and forth against some tough hitting teams down here,” Cox said. “It’s always a good experience when you play a lot of games in a short amount of time.”

The nine-team tournament began with the teams split into three three-team pools. West Valley went 2-2, advancing to the five-team gold pool, where West Valley posted a 3-5 record.

The Wolfpack played Haines in the first bracket game and battled to a 25-15, 21-25, 15-5 win, setting up the semifinal with top-seeded Juneau-Douglas.

West Valley middle blocker Samantha Crawford and setter Missy Spaulding were named to the all-tournament team.

West Valley returns to the court Thursday when it hosts Lathrop in a Mid Alaska Conference match.

Correction

North Pole’s Teryl Lemay was misidentified in an article in Sunday’s Daily News-Miner regarding the state high school tennis tournament. Lemay lost to Cole Fox, 8-4 in the consolation finals.

The sports editor apologizes for the mistake.

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