The Soldotna volleyball team started Northern Lights Conference play with victories in Kodiak on Friday and Saturday.
“We didn’t play great, but winning twice in Kodiak is always a tough thing to do,” Soldotna coach Bruce King said after his team moved to 2-0 in the league and 2-0 overall. “Kodiak has an excellent defensive team and we had to work hard to put the ball down.”
The Stars had a couple of scares on the injury front Saturday. Taryn McCubbins was carted off the court on a stretcher and taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center after landing awkwardly on her back in the second set.
“She’s been released with a sprained back,” SoHi coach Bruce King said Saturday. “All X-rays were negative and she’s up and walking around.”
King said McCubbins would be able to travel home with the team. He said caution was taken with the injury because McCubbins initially felt pain in her back and neck.
Just two plays later, Kaycee Munn went down with a sprained ankle, which is not expected to be serious.
King said Mikayla Wong and Emily Schneider did a good job filling in.
The Stars took Saturday’s match 20-25, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-18.
Kailee Skjold had 26 kills, while Natalie Kress had 42 digs and four aces. Julie Litchfield had 28 assists and 20 digs.
“Kaillee had an outstanding weekend last night and today,” King said. “We lost the first game today, and she steadied us on offense. She carried the team this weekend.”
For Kodiak (0-2, 0-2), Hannah Wandersee had 14 kills, Carissa Cannon had 26 digs and eight kills, and Olivia Bennett had 22 digs and six service aces.
On Friday, the Stars notched a 25-16, 25-15, 15-25, 25-20 victory over the Bears.
Soldotna led the first two sets from start to finish before dropping the third set. The fourth set was tied at 17 before SoHi went on a 6-0 run. The first four points came on Kodiak errors, then Katelynn Kerkvliet had a kill and Heidi Westerman had an ace. Skjold paced the Stars with 20 kills, while Kerkvliet had 11 kills and two stuff blocks. Also for SoHi, Kress had 23 digs, Munn had 21 digs, Westerman had 17 assists, and Litchfield had four aces and 17 assists.
For Kodiak, Wandersee had 17 kills, Bennett had 23 digs and Cannon had 24 digs.
Skyview volleyball drops two on road
The Skyview volleyball team lost in four games at Grace Christian on Friday in Southcentral Conference play, with scores of 25-16, 25-11, 20-25 and 25-20. The Panthers then traveled to Eagle River on Saturday for a nonconference match and lost that in four games, as well.
Skyview is now 0-1 in the league and 0-2 overall.
“I knew we were going to struggle at first,” Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. “We’re inexperienced. But I have some good athletes and it is just going to take some time.”
Against Grace, Marlee Cunningham had 10 kills, Holly Ramsell had nine kills and Cheyenne Laber had four kills. Ramsell had 16 service points, while Cunningham had nine service points.
On defense, Sam Reynolds had 18 digs, Ramsell had 17 digs and Cunningham had 16 digs.
Cunningham led with four blocks.
“I think Marlee Cunningham was definitely a bright spot for us,” Kupferschmid said. “She’s just a hard worker. She’s got the most expereience on the floor right now.”
Against Eagle River, Cunningham had 10 kills, Laber had 10 kills and Ramsell had seven kills.
Ramsell had 22 service points, while Cunningham had 10 and Reynolds had 10.
Cunningham and Reynolds each had three blocks, while Casey Neill had 33 digs, Cunningham had 24 digs and Ramsell had 30 digs.
Seward defeats Cordova
On Friday, the Seahawks topped the Wolverines 25-16, 25-20 and 25-22.
Tessa Adelmann had six kills, Gretchen Lindquist had six kills and Kiana Clemens had three kills.
Grace sweeps Homer
The host Grace Christian volleyball team swept Homer in Southcentral Conference play Saturday. The scores were 25-11, 25-14, 25-9.