Poised to avoid a letdown three days after a wild, five-set win, the Skyview volleyball team swept an undermanned Kenai Central squad 25-16, 25-10 and 25-14 in Northern Lights Conference action Tuesday.
Amanda McDowell paced the Panthers (3-0) with 11 kills, 10 service points and two kills, while teammate Britanie Whipple added 10 service points and five kills.
Stats were not reported for Kenai Central.
"I think we were a little flat, but it's still a region victory," said Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid, who watched her squad survive a marathon match against Seward on Saturday. "Kenai Central can be very competitive."
The Kardinals, who had four players see varsity action for the first time after recently losing a pair of setters for the season, hung tough through one set.
The squads were tied at 7 and Kenai Central pulled within 17-16 late in the first frame before Skyview's Mary Hauptman closed it out with six straight service points.
The closest of the three, there were six ties and five lead changes in the opening game.
"The girls are excited about they played tonight," Kenai Central coach John Kennedy said. "To come out and challenge (Skyview) for a game, that's better than we've done in the past - at least this year."
The Panthers took control over the final two sets, landing their serves on a consistent basis.
Skyview captured 18 of the final 23 points in the second set, and didn't allow Kenai Central within six points after opening a 15-9 in the finale.
Marlee Cunningham posted six kills, two blocks and two service points for Skyview, while Holly Ransell added six service points and two kills. Cheyenne Laber chipped in with three kills.
"Serving was the key tonight," Kupferschmid said. "That's what got us on track."
After Hauptman's six consecutive service points closed out Game 1, Whipple ended Game 2 with six of her own.
Skyview's players agreed the match came down to efficient serves.
"Our serves were consistent," Whipple said.
Added Hauptman: "Our serves improved from last week. If you miss your serve, that's a point lost. We want to ace as many of them as we can."
For Kenai Central, which lost a slew of players from a 2010 squad that went 3-14, Tuesday's match provided a block on which to build for the rest of the season.
Kennedy credited sophomore Justice English for stepping into the setter position, while Lauren Schams and Jodi Cook were productive in their outside hitter and middle blocker slots, respectively.
The coach also said junior Addison Cheek played well on the right side.
"We came out and played really good in that first set," Kennedy said. "We played really strong early, and the kids enjoyed the game."
Meanwhile, Kupferschmid said the Panthers must establish chemistry between the setter and hitters, something the coach expects will happen over time.
"It's not there," Kupferschmid said. "It's early. Give us a year, and it will be there."
Skyview visits Nikiski at 6 p.m. Thursday. Kenai Central visits Colony at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Soldotna 3, Homer 0
The Stars swept the host Mariners 25-23, 25-14 and 25-19 in Northern Lights Conference on Tuesday.
Homer coach Beth Trowbridge said her squad played a solid first set, but let the match get away over the final two with unforced errors.
"I thought we came out really strong and played well in that first game," she said. "But then we just got flat and started to not really play our game."
Brook DeVaney and Monica Davis had six kills apiece for Homer, while Katie McNary posted a team-best 11 digs.
SoHi, which moved to 6-0, visits Palmer at 6:30 p.m. Friday.