The Seward Seahawks volleyball team traveled to Anchorage and took to the court in the Alaska School Activates Association (ASAA) State Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center on Nov. 11-13. Coming off the conference tournament the weekend before with a third place finish the Seahawks continued to develop as the season closed.

Finishing the conference 5-5 in regular play and a third-place finish in the conference tournament earned the team a berth in the state tournament.

Opening against the Bethel Regional team the Seahawks came away with a win in in three sets: 26-13, 25-17, and 25-19. Shelby Sieminski was recognized as the player of the match in the Bethel matchup.

Seward then took on the always tough Valdez team in the second round losing in four sets. Starting slow,the Seahawks fell in the first two sets 20-25, 24-26. Increasing the fight, the Seahawks took the third set in a commanding 25-16 win forcing a fourth set in the match. Valdez took the fourth set 25-22. Anna Endres received the player of the match award for the match.

Coach Kurtz said it was a great match to watch.

Dropping into the losers bracket the Seahawks faced the Monroe Rams in the next round pushing the match to five sets. Splitting the first four sets 25-14, 19-25, 26-24, 19-25 the Seahawks couldn’t hold off the Rams in the fifth set losing 15-13. Gaia Casagranda, was awarded the player of the match for the match and were eliminated from the tournament.

The Seahawks won the team sportsmanship award for the tournament and Anna Endres received one of the 12 spots on the All-Tournament Team.

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Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.