Soldotna topples Homer

Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Soldotna volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the Northern Lights Conference and 2-0 overall by defeating visiting Homer in four games on Tuesday.

The Stars won the match 25-15, 24-26, 25-21 and 25-19.

Soldotna coach Bruce King said it was a confidence-building victory for his young squad to win close games under conference pressure.

"We were not very consistent in our play," King said. "We're still erratic. A lot of the things we do are self-induced."

In the first and fourth games, King said his squad was able to pass Homer's serves very well. In the middle of the match, SoHi struggled on serve-receive, giving the Mariners an opening.

King continues to be happy with the play of sophomore setter Heidi Westerman, who had 21 assists.

"She has a lot to learn, but she still has three years," King said.

The coach also said his left-side hitters had a good match. Becca Satathite had 13 kills, while Kaycee Munn had seven.

Kylee Woodford paced Soldotna with 19 digs, while Satathite and Munn each had 11. Jessie Duke had seven blocks (two stuff) and seven kills, while Kaillie Skjold had six blocks (three stuff) and Sydney Goggia had five blocks. Munn led with five service aces.

Soldotna travels to Kodiak for matches on Friday and Saturday.

Seward defeat topple Kenai

The Seward volleyball team notched a nonconference victory over the visiting Kardinals on Tuesday.

The Seahawks lost the first game 25-17 before coming back for 25-18, 27-25 and 25-23 victories.

Kenai coach John Kennedy said the teams were evenly matched.

"We just have to get more consistent with what we are doing," Kennedy said.

Lauren Schams had five kills and an ace for Kenai, while Allie McGahan had five kills and five aces, Sierra Glonek had a kill and three blocks, and Jodi Cook had two kills and an ace.

Skyview defeats Nikiski again

The Skyview volleyball team defeated host Nikiski on Tuesday night in nonconference action.

The Panthers are now 3-1 overall after sweeping the Bulldogs for the second time this season. The scores were 25-12, 25-20 and 25-15.

"I think we were bigger at the net," Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. "I thought we swung pretty well."

The Skyview coach also said Nikiski showed a lot of improvement. Kupferschmid was particularly impressed by Nikiski libero Minna Bogard.

"We're just bigger than they are," Kupferschmid said. "They hung in there this time, though."

Jaxon Hill had 13 kills, five blocks and 19 digs for the Panthers. Thit Bak had eight kills and five blocks.

Also for Skyview, Alisha West had 11 service points, Rebecca Egan had seven service points, six kills and 10 digs, Mary Hauptman had six service points, Kaity Marang had three kills, Britaney Whipple had three kills and Karlie Self had 10 digs.

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