Skyview volleyball downs Nikiski

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Skyview swept visiting Nikiski 25-15, 25-11, 25-19 to win its first, nonconference dual match of the season.

"It's a good start," Panthers head coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. "It's gonna be a competitive season. I thought we played better tonight than the (Homer) jamboree."

Bulldogs head coach Amber Oliva-Douglas said the same of her young squad.

"I think we played stronger than we did when we were in Homer," she said. "We definitely increased our communication level."

Nikiski needs to work on having more consistent passing and putting the ball on the floor when hitting, Oliva-Douglas said.

"We have a long way to go, but there was definite glimpses of hope tonight for more solid future play, which is good," she said.

Jaxon Hill paced Skyview with 15 kills.

"That's a good start for her," Kupferschmid said.

Alicia West and Amanda McDowell recorded five kills while Caitlyn Marang, Rebecca Egan and Britanie Whipple each chipped in two. Elisha Hollers led the Panthers with 14 service points. Egan followed with 12, Hill had seven and West and McDowell scored four.

Defensively, Hill had four digs. McDowell recorded three digs and West and Egan each had two.

Kupferschmid said she told her team that games are for them whereas practices are for her to see what they can do.

"I am still trying to find my nucleus," she said. "Practices are always where we find out who will be part of that major nucleus."

Nikiski and Skyview will both compete in invitationals on Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs are hosting their own event while the Panthers travel to Chugiak.

"It gives us an opportunity to look at other schools," Kupferschmid said. "It's early on, so they kids aren't weary from travel."

Kupferschmid said the tournament is always competitive and will be beneficial to see how her squad compares to the other teams.

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