The Kodiak ESS volleyball team’s bid for a return trip the mix-six state tournament ended Saturday at the Denali Conference Championships in Nikolaevsk.
ESS went 1-2 in the four-team, double-elimination tournament, finishing a victory away from reaching the championship game and returning to the state tournament.
ESS — comprised of players from the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s rural schools — lost to Fort Yukon twice and beat Anderson. The second loss to Fort Yukon bounced the Ravens from the tournament.
Fort Yukon and tournament champion Nikolaevsk will represent the Denali Conference at the mix-six state tournament that begins Dec. 5 in Anchorage.
ESS placed fifth at the 2018 state tournament.