The Wasilla volleyball team picked up a victory at Skyview on Saturday in Northern Lights Conference action.
"Wasilla's a very good team," Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. "They were effective with their serve. Early on, we broke down with serve-receive. That's something we need to work on."
The Panthers won the first game 25-22 before losing the next three 25-22, 28-26 and 25-7. Skyview is now 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the NLC.
Jaxon Hill and Thit Bak paced the Panthers with six kills, while Alicia West and Caity Marang each had two kills. Mary Hauptman led the Panthers on defense by going 6-of-9 on digs. Rebecca Egan had nine points on serve, while Thit had eight points, Hauptman had seven points and West had four points.
Kupferschmid said her team can learn a lesson from the last game.
"I think volleyball is a momentum game," she said. "I felt that was a game they let their mistakes get to them and lost chemistry, but those things happen. It was disappointing."
Skyview travels to Nikiski for a 5:30 p.m. match on Tuesday.
Homer takes care of Kenai
The host Mariners toppled the Kardinals on Saturday in Northern Lights Conference volleyball action.
Homer grabbed 25-20, 25-21 and 25-20 victories.
The Kardinals fell to 0-2 in the NLC. Allie McGahan had nine kills for Kenai, while Alisha Peterson had 10 digs. Shelby Toombs had 12 assists, two kills and two aces, while Morgan Wensley added two kills and two aces.
Kenai plays Tuesday at Seward at 5:30 p.m.
Wasilla tops Homer
The Wasilla volleyball team defeated host Homer on Friday in Northern Lights Conference action.
The Warriors notched 25-13, 26-24 and 25-15 victories.
Nikiski drops two Southcentral Conference matches
The host Nikiski volleyball team lost Southcentral Conference matches to Anchorage Christian Schools on Friday and Grace Christian on Saturday.
Despite the losses, Nikiski coach Amber Oliva-Douglas saw positive things on the floor.
"We worked really hard in practice on making sure the girls played with enthusiasm and good communication," Oliva-Douglas said. "We really improved on that this weekend."
On Friday, Nikiski lost to ACS 24-26, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18 and 15-10. On Saturday, Grace won 25-14, 25-21 and 25-17.
Oliva-Douglas said Minna Bogard had a phenomenal weekend at libero. She also said the new players on the team did a great job stepping into their roles and that, if that continues, it bodes well for the rest of the season.
Seward splits Southcentral Conference matches
Seward lost to Grace Christian on Friday and defeated Anchorage Christian Schools on Saturday in Southcentral Conference action in Seward.
On Friday, the Seahawks lost 28-26, 25-4 and 25-14. On Saturday, Seward topped ACS 25-6, 25-18 and 25-11.
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