Falcons volleyball strong in season-opening win

Thunder Mountain High School’s Maxie Saceda-Hurt tips the ball over the net, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, during the Falcons’ 3-0 win against Ketchikan High School in the Clarke Cochrane Gym. The Falcons rematched the Kings on Saturday night. (Taylor Balkom | Ketchikan Daily News)



The Thunder Mountain High School volleyball team overcame an excitable start to defeat Ketchikan 3-0 in the first game of the 2017 season.

The Falcons won in straight sets — 25-17, 25-15, 25-12 — but not without a little drama in the first game.

TMHS trailed 15-9 in the first set but managed to turn the tide thereafter.

The key? Relax.

“After I saw that we settled down, I was fairly confident that we were going to win,” TMHS coach Arnold Ibias said.

It’s the second time the team has made a visit to the First City this season. A jamboree two weeks ago in Ketchikan allowed the varsity, JV and C teams to practice serving, setting and passing. The game Friday night at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium gave the Falcons a chance to exhibit some of these skills.

“Our defensive play was just fantastic, ” Ibias said. “We were able to do some things that we haven’t been able to do in the past. Our back row passed really well tonight.”

The TMHS JV also defeated the Kings on Friday, 25-8, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21.

Check out the Juneau Empire online for a recap of Saturday’s game between the two schools.


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