The fourth try was the charm for the Kodiak volleyball team.
The Bears left the island on Thursday afternoon’s Alaska Airlines flight to Anchorage — the team’s fourth trip to the Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport in 24 hours. Kodiak then hopped on a plane to Kenai and arrived in Soldotna late Thursday night.
Because of Kodiak’s weather woes, officials at the Northern Lights Conference Championships shifted the schedule so the Bears would not have to forfeit a match.
The Bears, the No. 5 seed, face No. 4 Palmer at 11 a.m. today — the two teams were supposed to collide at 3 p.m. Thursday.
“I am so humbled and so grateful,” Kodiak coach Amy Willis wrote in a text message. “What a gift these folks have given my team.”
The winner of the Kodiak-Palmer match advances to play top seed Colony at 3 p.m., while the loser falls to a loser-out game against No. 2 Wasilla at 5 p.m.
The Warriors fell to No. 3 Soldotna in five sets in Thursday’s only game. With the win, the Warriors clinched one of the NLC’s three state berths.
The championship game is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Game 1 — Kodiak vs. Palmer, 11 a.m.
Game 3 — Colony vs. Kodiak or Palmer, 3 p.m.
Game 4 — Kodiak or Palmer vs. Wasilla, 5 p.m.
Game 6 — Soldotna vs. Game 3 winner, 7 p.m. (winner advances to championship game)
Game 5 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 10 a.m.
Game 7 — Game 6 loser vs. Game 5 winner, noon
Game 8 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 2 p.m.
If necessary game, 4 p.m.