Soldotna opened its regular season with a win over visiting Kenai Central in four games, 23-25, 25-15, 25-8, 27-25, on Tuesday.
"We didn't have much consistency to our play," Stars head coach Bruce King said. The team lacked consistency in its ball control, he said.
"When we passed well, we played well. When we passed poorly, we played poorly," King said.
"They control the ball so well and we struggle with that," Kards head coach John Kennedy said. "Tonight the speed of the game got us a couple of times."
Kaycee Munn led SoHi with nine kills. Four other Stars had four kills. Heidi Westerman had a team-high 16 assists and four service aces. Alicia Hamilton recorded nine assists.
Rebecca Satathite led SoHi with six service aces.
"Satathite had some very critical serves," King said. "She was serving the ball well."
On defense, Kylee Woodford had nine digs. Lacey Moore recorded six. Sydney Goggia recorded five blocks, three stuff, and Kaillee Skjold had four, two stuff.
Allie McGahan led Kenai with seven kills and four aces. Shelby Toombs racked up 12 assists, two kills and three aces. Morgan Wensley recorded five kills and three blocks. Lauren Schams had four kills. Sierra Glonek picked up four kills and three blocks. Samantha Kelley had five assists and one kill.
Though some first-game nerves were evident, both teams improved as the match went on, King said.
Similar to last weekend when SoHi won the Shayna Pritchard Memorial tournament, several teammates factored into the win against the Kardinals.
"Just like the tournament, a lot of players were contributing in a lot of ways," King said. "It was a pretty good match."
Kennedy said his girls are getting better all the time.
"We're improving daily," he said. "They're doing some stuff they couldn't do two weeks ago. There is some good, fun stuff going on for these kids."
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