Soldotna volleyball stays perfect; Kenai Central competes at Cordova Invite

The Soldotna volleyball team ran its season record to 5-0 with a pair of nonconference victories at home Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Stars defeated Seward 25-23, 25-18 and 25-17. On Saturday, the Stars defeated Grace Christian 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 22-25 and 15-12.

In an email, Soldotna coach Bruce King called Friday's triumph a solid win over a good-digging team.

"Kylee Woodford and Kaycee Munn passed well, allowing our setters to work the middles," King wrote. "As a result, Kaillee Skjold and Sydney Goggia logged 10 and 7 kills respectively and hit a combined .438."

Munn also added six kills. Kylee Woodford had 19 digs, while Natalie Kress added 10. Heidi Westerman totaled 15 assists, while Julie Litchfield added 13.

A day later, the Stars knocked off the defending Class 3A state champions.

"Great match between two very evenly matched teams," King said in an email. "(The) SoHi defense was just a bit better in the end and our offensive spread kept their blockers off balance."

Woodford had 29 digs and seven service aces. Kress finished with 10 digs. Munn added nine digs and a team-high 15 kills, while Skjold tallied 10 blocks and 13 kills. Litchfield came up with three service aces, 20 assists and 12 kills. Westerman, meanwhile, chipped in with 20 assists, and Sydney Goggia added five blocks.

SoHi visits Homer at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Cordova Invitational
CORDOVA - The Wasilla Warriors came back to defeat host Cordova to win the Cordova Invitational in Cordova on Saturday.

The Wolverines edged the Warriors in the championship semifinals, but Wasilla played its way through the double-elimination bracket back into the championship game.

Wasilla beat Eielson to get into the title match before besting Cordova in the final round.

The Warriors were the top ranked team in the bracket Saturday after Friday's pool play. Wasilla moved into the semifinals with wins over Northern Lights Conference foes Kenai Central and Homer.

Houston also participated in the tournament, entering Saturday as the No. 6 seed. The Hawks suffered a loss to third-seeded Cordova in the first round, and was eliminated by Kenai Central.

Fifth-seeded Homer eliminated eighth-seeded Kenai in the loser's bracket. The Mariners fell to Eielson in the following round.

 

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