The Soldotna volleyball team finished 2-1 in a home stand in which all three of the Northern Lights Conference teams from the Matanuska-Susitna valleys paid a visit.
Palmer outlasted Soldotna in a five-setter Friday, then SoHi swept Colony on Saturday.
Friday’s scores were 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25 and 15-11 as the Stars lost their first conference match of the season.
SoHi coach Bruce King wrote in an email that it was an outstanding match between two outstanding teams. He wrote Julie Litchfield led a group of excellent performances.
Litchfield had 18 digs, 13 blocks (five stuff), 20 assists and 12 kills. Katelynn Kerkvliet had 15 kills and 17 blocks (10 stuff), while Kaillee Skjold had 11 kills and 21 blocks (15 stuff).
Also for the Stars, Kaycee Munn had 18 digs and five service aces, Natalie Kress had 32 digs, and Heidi Westerman had 16 digs, three aces and 27 assists.
Saturday, the Stars notched a 25-21, 25-18 and 25-6 victory over Colony. SoHi is now 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the NLC.
King said the Stars were sluggish at the start of the match after Friday’s dramatic match. He wrote that once the Stars started playing good defense midway through the second game, they were able to take control of the match.
“Kaycee Munn had the offensive afternoon we have been looking for all season,” King wrote.
Munn led SoHi with 15 kills, and also had 10 digs and two service aces.
Skjold had eight kills and nine blocks (three stuff), while Katelynn Kerkvliet had nine blocks (two stuff). Julie Litchfield added seven kills and 17 assists.
Natalie Kress had 26 digs, while Heidi Westerman had three aces and 24 assists.
SoHi travels to the West Spiketacular on Friday and Saturday.
Nikiski sweeps Houston
The Nikiski volleyball team traveled to Houston and swept matches Friday and Saturday. The Friday match was a Southcentral Conference affair, while Saturday was nonconference.
Friday’s scores were 10-25, 25-18, 25-11 and 25-19. Saturday’s scores were 25-19, 25-12 and 25-14.
“It was a slow start after a long day of traveling,” Nikiski coach Stacey Segura said. “After that, the girls really focused and picked it up the last three games.”
Friday, Jodi Cook had 10 kills, while Bailey Buchholz had nine kills. Rachel Thompson had 16 assists.
Saturday, Buchholz and Sienna Wallis had six kills, while Wallis added five blocks. Thompson had 14 assists.
“I was happy I was able to swing up a couple of JV players and get them some playing time,” Segura said.
Nikiski travels to Homer on Tuesday.
Skyview defeats ACS
The Panthers notched a five-set win over the Lions on Friday at Anchorage Christian Schools in Southcentral Conference play.
Skyview is now 2-1 in the league and 2-2 overall.
The Panthers won the first two games, but ACS came back to win the next two. Skyview won the fifth game 15-11.
“It was a good experience to go five,” Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. “We had them down 0-2, but we let them get back in the match. It was senior night for them and they have seven seniors, so they were pretty scrappy.”
The coach said the Panthers had some passing problems in the third and fourth games, but settled down for the fifth game.
Sam Reynolds scored 19 points, while Holly Ramsell had 18 points and Hayley Ramsell had 17 points. Casey Neill had 29 digs, while Holly Ramsell had 26.
Holly Ramsell led with two aces, while Marlee Cunningham had 11 kills, Cheyanne Laber had eight kills and Reynolds had five kills.
Cunningham led with three blocks, while Reynolds had two blocks, Laber had two blocks and Hayley Ramsell had two blocks.