Point Hope, Noatak begin quest for volleyball titles
The Point Hope Harpooners and the Noatak Lynx will begin their appearance at the 2017 ASAA Mixed-Six State Volleyball Championships today at Dimond High School in Anchorage. Point Hope and Noatak will join 10 other teams from across the state in the tournament, which will run through Dec. 2.
Point Hope, the North Slope Conference champion, and Noatak, the Northwest Arctic champion, will compete in pool play on the first day of the tournament. Noatak, a perennial state power, will join Unalakleet and Kodiak ESS in Pool A.
Point Hope, Hoonah and Nikolaevsk will participate in Pool D. The top two finishers in each of the pools will advance to the championship bracket on Friday. The lowest-finishing team in each pool will advance to play in a single-elimination consolation bracket.
Noatak is scheduled to tip off play beginning at 10 a.m. against Unalakleet, which won the Western Conference crown. They will follow their matchup with Unalakleet with an 11:40 a.m. showdown against Kodiak ESS, the No. 2 seed from the Denali Conference.
Point Hope's first pool matchup will be played at 6:20 p.m. against Hoonah, the Southeast Conference runner-up. The Harpooners will close out pool action at 7:10 p.m. with a bout against Nikolaevsk, the Denali Conference champion.
Akiuk, Tanalian and Alakanuk will compete in Pool B play, while Aniak, Gustavus and Shishmaref will compete in Pool C.
The Mixed-Six state championship game will be played Saturday.