Panthers lose marathon match vs. Juneau

Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2001

The Skyview High School volleyball team dropped a marathon match to visiting Juneau-Douglas Saturday in nonregion play.

The scores were 15-12, 7-15, 15-13, 6-15, 16-14.



The Soldotna High School volleyball team defeated Anchorage Christian Schools in a nonregion match Friday at Soldotna before dropping another nonregion match to Juneau-Douglas Saturday at Skyview.

The Stars took the first game against ACS 15-3, won the second game 15-4 and closed out the match with a 15-11 win in game three.

"In that last game, I wanted to get in younger girls, give them a little more experience," said Soldotna coach Pako Whannell.

Stacey Foster had five aces and 16 assists for the Stars, Tabitha Strauss served three aces and Christa Martin had 13 assists. Hillary Zobeck led the Stars with nine kills, Rachel Besse notched eight kills and Jenna Pitts had five kills.

"A lot of girls did their part attacking ball, so everyone got a chance to get a kill," Whannell said.

Saturday, the Stars dropped a 5-15, 15-6, 15-7 and 15-2 decision to Juneau-Douglas. Whannell said her team did not pass or dig well after the first game.

"Our passing and our digging, we just were not consistent in that after the first game," Whannell said. "Of course, Juneau made some changes in their attack as well."

Ashley Duwe had five aces, Besse had seven kill blocks and eight kills, Zobeck had two kill blocks and four kills, Pitts had three kills, Foster had one kill and five assists and Martin had five assists.

Soldotna will host Grace Christian Thursday.



The Kenai Central High School volleyball team made quick work of Anchorage Christian Schools Saturday. The Kardinals notched 15-1, 15-2 and 15-8 victories.

Kenai setter Amy Fischer had 14 assists in the match while Kamilla Goggia had eight service aces and nine assists. Angelica Carreon came up with nine kills, Laura Rhyner had seven kills and Erica Shinn had three aces and two blocks.

Friday, Kenai pulled out a 15-0, 11-15, 15-3, 10-15 and 15-11 victory over Juneau-Douglas.

"I don't know that we've ever won a game before 15-0, especially against Juneau," Gabel said. "They made some errors, and we had a really amazing game."

Fischer notched 52 assists over the course of five games while Shin has 17 kills and 3 blocks.

Charity Christensen had 14 kills and came up with 21 digs, Crystal Morris served up six aces and Rhyner had four aces to go with her 22 digs.

"We just had some really great defense," Gabel said. "We had a strong attack all the way around. We didn't really have a weak rotation."

Kenai is now 4-2 overall and 1-2 in Region III/4A play.



The Nikiski volleyball team swept a pair of District 3/3A matches Friday and Saturday to move its record to 3-0 in the district and 3-1 overall.

Friday, the Bulldogs traveled to Susitna Valley and made quick work of the Rams, scoring 15-4, 15-6 and 15-2 victories.

Mindy Cason had four kills in the match, while Karen Rabung added three kills.

Saturday, Nikiski defeated Houston 15-4, 15-10 and 15-10.

Nikiski coach Cherrie Hobart-Verkuilen said the team wasn't as consistent passing and running the offense in the second two games against Houston. However, she said Rabung picked the Bulldogs up.

"She's the one who would come up with a kill when we needed a side-out," Hobart-Verkuilen said.

Cason had seven kills against the Hawks, while Rabung had five kills. Hobart-Verkuilen said she also was pleased with the passing and serving of Kassie Thomson.

Nikiski will host Houston Friday.

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