SoHi netters take tourney

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010

With a win over Kodiak in the championship, Soldotna won the Shayna Pritchard Memorial volleyball tournament held Friday and Saturday at Nikiski High School.

"I am happy," Stars head coach Bruce King said. "We took 11 players and they all made a contribution of some kind. It's a nice luxury to have players perform when you put them out on the floor."

Pritchard participated in volleyball and basketball at Nikiski. She was killed in a car accident in Colorado in June 2007. Pritchard's parents set up a scholarship fund in her name. Half of all of the proceeds from the tournament will be given to the Shayna Pritchard Scholarship Fund.

SoHi defeated Seward 25-19, 21-25, 14-6 in the semifinal. Kaycee Munn led with eight kills, Kaillee Skjold recorded six and Becca Satathite and Lacey Moore each had five. Moore also had five service aces.

Heidi Westerman had 11 assists. Alicia Hamilton followed with nine. On defense, Leah Garske and Munn paced the Stars with 10 digs. Kylee Woodford had seven.

In the championship, SoHi swept the Bears 25-12, 25-21. Satathite, Skjold and Munn each had three kills. Munn had 11 aces and Skjold recorded five blocks. Westerman led with nine assists. On defense, Woodford had six digs.

"In general, our ball control was pretty good," King said. "It was a good start."

Having all 11 girls perform well didn't make King's job of finding a starting rotation any easier, he said.

"It's an unheard of problem for me," he said. "It was a great team effort."

In the other semifinal, Kodiak toppled Kenai. In a contest of semifinal losers, Seward defeated Kenai.

Nikiski, which started the day off by losing to Kodiak, and Bethel, which started the day off losing to Seward, played in the consolation final. Nikiski won that match.

Here's the players named to the all-tournament team: Kenai Central: Allie McGahan and Shelby Toombs. McGahan was also named MVP; Kodiak: Samantha Oliver, Hanna Wandersee and Jennifer Miranda; Seward: Emily Draper and Maggie Fleming; SoHi: Heidi Westerman, Kaycee Munn and Kylee Woodford; Nikiski: Savannah Griffel.

Panthers take second in silver division

The Skyview volleyball team traveled to the Chugiak Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Panthers finished 5-5 in pool play to put them in the Silver Division. The top six teams went in the Gold Division, while the next six went in the Silver Division.

After a first-round bye, Skyview defeated Eagle River 25-23, 25-15 to advance to the championship of the Silver Division. Skyview lost the championship 25-15, 25-20 to Dimond.

Chugiak won the Gold Division. Rebecca Egan represented Skyview on the all-tournament team.

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