Mustangs advance, Wolves suffer heartbreaking elimination at CIC volleyball tourney

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 18:28
  • Chugiak’s Annika Schimmack, left, covers as Aubre Adams makes a dig during a first round match against East High during the CIC volleyball championships at Dimond High on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)
  • Eagle River’s Caitlyn Wetzel hits the ball during the Wolves’ 3-2 loss to West at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournanament on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at Service High in Anchorage. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Chugiak advanced to the weekend Wednesday with a gritty win over the host Service Cougars Thursday at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament.

The Mustangs dropped two of the first three sets before winning the final two to claim the victory. The Mustangs will play at 3:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of Thursday’s South vs. Bartlett match. The tournament’s top three teams will advance to the state tournament Nov. 14-16 in Anchorage.

The CIC’s No. 6 seed, Chugiak opened the tournament with a 3-1 loss to No. 3 seed East on Wednesday.

Wolves fall victim to epic comeback

Tournament No. 8 seed Eagle River was eliminated in heartbreaking fashion Thursday, winning the first two sets against West before the Eagles stormed back to take the next three sets and survive.

Eagle River was in control early, winning the first set 25-21 and rolling to a 25-14 win in the second. But West seized the momentum with a 25-19 third-set win, then forced a do-or-die fifth set with a 25-20 win in the fourth. There, the Eagles needed extra points, winning 17-15 to claim the match.

The Wolves opened the tournament with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded South on Wednesday.

CORRECTION: Story has been updated to correct Friday’s match time.

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