2014 Volleyball Season

2014 Volleyball Season
Posted on 11/29/2014
This is the image for the news article titled 2014 Volleyball SeasonThe Grizzlies built on their second place finish at the Region One mixed six volleyball tournament in 2013 by winning the first ever LKSD Mixed 6 Tournament held in Akula in 2014. Akiuk swept Quinhagak and Akula en route to a convincing victory and top seed in LKSD.

Returning players #25 Cpt. Timotheen Charles, #17 Co-Cpt. Yeako Berlin, #21 Paul Martin, #30 Golga Oscar, #3 Yago Andrew, and #5 Alaina Tinker formed a strong core while new players #23 Esther Berlin, #12 Leah Demientieff, #35 Henry Charles, and #33 Leondre Demientieff all contributed significant minutes during the season. #33 Leondre Demientieff joined the ranks of 8th graders to have played in an official mixed six game, becoming the third player in the history of Akiuk Memorial School to do so. 

The 2014 Grizzlies went undefeated against LKSD teams and ended the year with a limited 6-6 record after missing out on hosting a tournament and being unable to travel on another date. Akiuk topped Akiak in the consensus game of the tournament in the first round of the regional tournament, eventually clawing back after being down 2 games to 1 and winning the fifth game of the match 15-13. Akiuk would go out against Tuluksak in the semifinal round and finish 4th in the region. 

Another defining feature of the Grizzlies season was a protest concerning the absence of LKSD village schools at the regional tournament held in Bethel. In 2014, 5 village schools were not granted berths to the regional tournament. In the past, all teams in the region were granted a berth. Akiuk students felt this was an unfair exclusion of only LKSD schools, as all other districts in the region sent all their teams. The team chose to protest by placing their hands over their mouths while facing the crowd and sacrificing the first point of the match against Akiak. On their hands were the names of the 5 schools that were not allowed to attend the tournament. Meanwhile, on the bench, coaches and players wrote "ASAA, where is our 2nd berth?", in reference to ASAA refusing to grant region one an additional berth at the state tournament. 

The Delta Discovery covered this event and wrote an article about it which can be viewed at the link below:

Akiuk Protest: Delta Discovery Article

Additionally, Senior Timotheen Charles and Junior Esther Berlin were awarded player of the tournament awards for their outstanding play during the regional tournament. With their victory in the first ever LKSD Mixed 6 Volleyball Championship, the Grizzlies continue to experience success and build towards winning a regional championship. Get to know the Kasigluk-Akiuk Grizzlies mixed six volleyball team! 
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