Bears Volleyball First Again At Grace Tourney

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The Kodiak High School volleyball team continued its winning ways, scoring first place at the Grace Invitational Volleyball Tournament over the weekend in Anchorage. It was the Bears second first place finish in a tournament in as many weeks.

And this time they had to do it the hard way. Not only did Friday’s windstorm in Anchorage almost prevent the Bears from traveling to the tournament, but the team had to come from the loser’s bracket to defeat Grace Christian School, two times in a row, to take the Gold Pan Trophy.

Kodiak actually lost to Grace earlier in the tournament, which put them into the loser’s bracket, where they beat Skyview. Facing Grace Christian again, the Bears won 25-23 and 25-22 forcing another match to determine the championship.

In that match Kodiak started slow, losing game one 13-25. But the Bears took the next two games, 25-14 and 15-9.

Kodiak’s Linzee Burcham, Addie Jones, and Maureen Sabado were voted by opposing coaches to the all-tournament team with Sabado picking up Most Valuable Player honors. It’s the second weekend in a row that Sabado has been voted MVP for a tournament by opposing coaches.

The Bears have this weekend off before ending the regular season at home the last two weekends against Palmer and Colony.


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