Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons volleyball team stopped the tall timber at the Wasilla Warriors gym on Thursday, winning in four sets 25-22, 25-16, 18-25 and 25-23.
“I am pleased that we worked on a faster offense,” Falcons coach Julie Herman said. “Because Wasilla had some quite tall athletes and they ran a really fast offense so we had to adjust defensively and also bring our fast offense so it was just a battle at the net, at the tape. It was a very fun match.”
Key to the Falcons fast offense were their setters.
“I have been working on different signs with all my hitters,” senior setter Molly Brocious said. “And so when we come into the huddle we just see what the other team is doing and we decide off of that what we are going to run. And it was really fun to test that out against a new team.”
Brocious had 13 assists and junior Moana Tuvaifale 14. Junior Talita Toutaiolepo had 30 passing attempts, Brocious 13, Tuvaifale nine, and Welling and senior Jorda Basaliso six apiece.
Brocious concentrated on senior hitter Sydney Strong and junior hitter Mallory Welling primarily. The team has a system of numbers and sign language they made up to call plays.
Strong and Welling had 39 attack attempts with Welling killing 11 and Strong seven.
“It is just really fun to work with them,” Brocious said. “We get to test new things and it just keeps it from being ‘vanilla.’ We add, our coach likes to call it ‘sprinkles,’ to our offense.”
Brocious had 19 attacks with three kills, Tuvaifale 18 with four and sophomore Ashlyn Gates five with 2.
Toutaiolepo led with 24 digs, strong 19, Tuvaifale 16, Brocious 15, Welling five, Basaliso three, Gates and senior Solveig Wolter two apiece.
Brocious had 18 service attempts with three aces and 12 points won on serve; Tuvaifale 17 attempts, one ace and nine points on serve; Welling 16 attempts, three aces, and nine points; Wolter 13 attempts, two aces and eight points; Strong 12 attempts, one ace and seven points; Gates 12 attempts and seven points; and senior Riley Harp one attempt.
Tuvaifale, Brocious and Wolter had two blocks each; Gates and Strong one apiece.
The Thunder Mountain Falcons and the Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears play at the West Anchorage Spiketacular through the weekend.