Skyview's Anna Bonebreak gets under the ball in the first game Friday against Homer.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
The Skyview volleyball team started its Northern Lights Conference season with a five-set victory over Homer Friday at Skyview High School. The scores were 13-25, 25-12, 24-26, 25-22 and 15-2.
Senior Anna Bonebrake led the attack for Skyview. Bonebrake had 26 kills, three blocks, nine service points and 16 digs. Bonebrake had six kills in the pivotal fifth game, including kills on the match's final three points.
"That was the plan just pound them with Bonebrake," Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. "The first couple of sets, they picked everything up. But that kind of pounding wears on you, and it wore on them.
"Bonebrake came through."
The Mariners are coming off a tough season, so Homer coach Beth Trowbridge was very pleased with the way her team played until the fifth game.
"Last year, we never really had to play a fifth game, or at least we didn't play very many," Trowbridge said. "Skyview has some players that are experienced in that position.
"We should get better at fifth games the more we play in them."
Both Kupferschmid and Trowbridge agreed that the Mariners are very athletic and will be in more tight matches this season. That athleticism gave Skyview trouble in the first four sets.
Skyview's Melissa Fay returns the ball to Homer in the first of Friday's five games.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
"We knew coming in that they would have a good block," Bonebrake said of the Mariners. "They are always scrappy and they will always go for everything. We were a little off at the start of the match."
Homer has a pair of towering players in junior Rachel Bornheimer, who had 12 kills and three solo blocks, and sophomore Reba Temple, who had seven kills and three solo blocks. Early in the match, those two players were able to plug up Skyview's attack angles.
"In the fifth game, I think we got tired and our blocks weren't getting there," Trowbridge said. "Once that happened, the balls started coming over the net a lot faster."
After the teams split the first two sets, Bonebrake gave Skyview a 24-23 lead in the third game with a kill. However, Skyview had two straight hitting errors, then a poor bump on a service return led to an easy solo block for Temple and a 26-24 victory.
"Losing was not going through our mind at all," said Skyview senior Amy Arestad. "We worked really hard to get ready for this season and we know that we are good volleyball players."
Homer had a 22-21 lead in the fourth game after an ace by Bornheimer. However, Skyview came alive to stay in the match. Bonebrake had a pair of kills, freshman Missy Massey had one of her four solo blocks and Homer committed a hitting error as the Panthers took the game 25-22.
In the fifth game, junior Jordan Grant served out 14 straight points as Skyview rolled to victory. Grant served for 23 points in the match.
"You've got to give it to Jordan for great serving," said Bonebrake, who also said Skyview setter Melissa Fay, who had 16 service points and 14 digs, and Homer's Brittney VanSandt, who had 19 digs and three aces, had great matches.
For Skyview, senior Jessie Kloote pitched in seven service points and junior Chelsea Martin had 14 digs.
For Homer, Cora Trowbridge had three aces and Emily Luebbert had 11 digs.
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