Weekend volleyball roundup

The Soldotna volleyball squad was swept in three games by host Grace Christian on Friday, although the score was closer than it looked.

SoHi coach Emily Kenagy said she was proud of the effort her team gave, saying the Grace coach complimented the Stars on their defense.

“I told them afterwards that there’s no need to be disappointed,” Kenagy said. “Grace has a really good hitter, and she really hurt us.”

Senior middle hitter Katelynn Kerkvliet returned to record seven stuff blocks, while outside hitter Makayla Wong had eight kills.

“We were passing really well, which is good,” Kenagy said.

Seward 3, Nikiski 2

Seward outlasted Nikiski in five games on Friday night at Nikiski, winning with game scores of 28-26, 17-25, 21-25, 25-20 and taking the final game 15-8.

“I don’t think the girls were very focused,” Nikiski coach Stacey Segura said. “This was definitely one of our worst matches. We definitely didn’t play the way we should’ve, I think we showed the young side of our team.”

Of course, homecoming week will keep athletes distracted throughout a game, and since it’s Nikiski’s homecoming, Segura jokingly admitted she wasn’t a fan.

“It’s always tough, but Seward’s always tough and scrappy,” she said. “I think we played timid and unconfident, but I don’t see why we couldn’t compete with Seward in the last game.”

Libero Laura Hufford led the Bulldogs with 44 digs, setter Rachel Thompson provided 30 assists, middle hitter Jodi Cook had 14 kills and freshman Ayla Pitt tallied six blocks.

Nikiski is 3-5 overall for the season, not including games played at last weekend’s West Spiketacular, and will face Palmer in a nonconference match on Thursday at Nikiski.

Skyview at ACS Rumble

The Skyview volleyball team finished second at the ACS Rumble on Friday and Saturday, losing to Anchorage Christian Schools in the championship game.

The scores in the championship game were 25-15, 25-20, 21-25 and 25-19.

Hayley Ramsell and Cheyanne Laber made the all-tournament team for the Panthers, who were without starter Cat Schoessler.

“When you’re out of rotation, it has a tendency to throw you out of sync,” Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. “We have to go back to practice and work on the areas we need to get better.”

Skyview started the tourney by beating Thunder Mountain 25-12, 25-14 and 25-22, then topping Houston 25-14, 25-9 and 25-8.

Saturday, the Panthers worked their way to the championship by losing to ACS 25-15, 25-18, 21-25 and 25-22, then beating Thunder Mountain 25-12, 25-14 and 25-22.

On Thursday, Skyview topped Houston 25-14, 25-10 and 25-5 to move to 5-0 in nonconference play and 5-0 in the Southcentral Conference.

Skyview travels to play Kenai at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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