Homer lost to Southcentral conference rival Skyview at home three games to none Tuesday night, with scores of 25-12, 25-10 and 25-16.
Skyview found an abundance of offense from junior Sam Reynolds, who had 20 points and two blocks. Teammate Casey Neill had 12 points and six digs, Marlee Cunningham had 10 kills and three blocks, Cheyanne Laber scored 10 points, six kills and three blocks, and Hayley Ramsell recorded 25 set assists.
“Hayley ran the offense really well, and she’s working on being a leader and running the offense out here, so I was happy,” Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. “Marlee had a very offensively sound game, they couldn’t contain her or Cheyanne.”
“Defensively, we were pretty successful.”
Kupferschmid noted that the Panthers excelled in serving the ball.
“This was one step closer to our goal, especially on a conference opponents court,” she said. “We have four more conference home games, and that’s good, because we are tough on our home court.”
Skyview is now 4-1 in the Southcentral conference, 4-2 overall, and will travel back to Homer to compete in the Homer Peninsula Challenge on Friday and Saturday.
Nikiski 3, Seward 0
The Bulldogs notched a successful road trip to Seward in Southcentral conference action, beating the Seahawks in three games with scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-14.
Senior Taylor Calderwood nailed 10 kills to lead Nikiski in that category, while teammate Sienna Wallis had seven kills and two blocks. Rachel Thompson provided 23 assists, Jodi Cook had nine serving aces, and Bailey Buchholz had 10 digs.
Nikiski coach Stacey Segura said that the team is learning to play more consistently than ever, something that was helped by their experience at last weekend’s West Spiketacular Tournament in Anchorage.
“We changed a few things, and the girls are starting to play consistently, and there were a couple times in the games where they went back to the way there were, but they cleaned it up,” Segura said. “We actually ended up doing really well (in Anchorage), we placed seventh out of 20 teams. We changed a few things on our defense and beat West and Colony, and got into the second-place bracket, so they’re moving in the right direction.”
Seniors Gretchen Lindquist and Brianna Honebein each had five kills to lead Seward’s offense.
“They did amazing on defense, but offensively this wasn’t our best tonight,” Seward coach Carri Fisher said. “We’ll be working on passing to our targets so we can set up the offense better.”
Seward travels to play at the Homer Peninsula Challenge on Friday and Saturday.
Nikiski is now 3-1 in the Southcentral conference, and 5-1 overall.