Soldotna volleyball outlasts Wasilla in 4 sets

The host Soldotna volleyball team knocked off Wasilla on Friday in four games.


The scores were 24-26, 27-25, 25-20 and 25-14. SoHi improves to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the Northern Lights Conference.

Soldotna coach Bruce King said it was an outstanding match between two very good teams. He said the keys to the match were tough serving and solid defense.

The serving game is directed by assistant coach Heath McLeod and produced 17 aces. The Stars also had 26 blocks - nine stuff - and made 85 digs.

After three very close games, Julie Litchfield got six points off a jump serve, including three aces, to start Game 4 and push the Stars to victory.

Kylee Woodford had 39 digs for SoHi, while Kaycee Munn had 19, Litchfield had 13 and Heidi Westerman had 14.

Kaillee paced the Stars with 10 blocks (six stuff), while Sydney Goggia had seven blocks (two stuff) and Katelynn Kerkvliet had five blocks (one stuff.)

Litchfield ended up with six aces, while Woodford had five aces and Munn added three.

Westerman had 21 assists, while Skjold had 14 kills, Litchfield had eight kills and Munn had seven kills.

Wasilla sweeps Kenai
The Warriors bounced back Saturday with a sweep at Kenai. The scores of the match were 25-13, 25-14 and 25-10.

Kodiak sweeps Soldotna
The Bears won a Northern Lights Conference match against the Panthers on Friday and a nonconference match Saturday.

Kodiak moved to 5-1 in the NLC and 8-2 overall. After opening the season with two losses to Soldotna, the Bears have won eight straight matches.

Friday's scores were 24-26, 25-15, 25-20 and 26-24. Hannah Wandersee had 13 kills, four solo blocks and two assisted blocks. Manya Wandersee had 10 kills.

Saturday's scores were 25-16, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-22.

Seward edges Nikiski
The Seahawks came from two games behind to defeat the Bulldogs in five in a Southcentral Conference clash at Seward.
Scores were not reported, but Nikiski coach Amber Olivia-Douglas said it was a close match.

"It was a nail-biter," the coach said. "I'm excited for them to come to our gym. We always have a lot of fun when we play Seward. It's a healthy rivalry."

Olivia-Douglas said Kinsey Martin, Savannah Griffel and Rachel Thompson had good games for the Bulldogs, who host Kenai Central at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.



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