Jaxon Hill racked up 14 kills, five service points and three blocks to lead Skyview to victory over host Kenai Central 25-22, 25-20 and 25-20 in Northern Lights Conference action on Tuesday.
"No one could stop her," Panthers head coach Sheila Kupferschmid said.
Skyview's Alicia West recorded six kills and four service points, Rebecca Egan had 10 service points and two digs, Thit Bak scored 17 service points and three solo blocks, Caity Marang had three blocks and one kill, Amanda McDowell recorded five kills and three service points and Mary Hauptman scored five service points.
Allie McGahan led Kenai with six kills. Shelby Toombs and Lauren Schams each had three.
"That's a tough team," Kards head coach John Kennedy said. "I was proud of what my girls did tonight."
McDowell and Brittinie Whipple were both key players coming off the bench, Kupferschmid said. Both gave a gutsy effort, she said.
"Whipple passed the heck out of the ball," Kupferschmid said.
Skyview battled back from seven-point deficits in each the first two games. A string of four consecutive points followed by three in a row tied Game 1 at 19. The Panthers scored six straight points -- Bak serving for five of those -- to close out the first game.
"They don't get flustered when we get them behind," Kennedy said of SkyHi.
After Kenai jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the second game, Skyview recorded the next seven points -- once again on the back of six straight Bak serves. The game stayed close the rest of the way but kills by Bak and Hill led to three consecutive SkyHi points to end the game.
"We had a lot of chemistry on the floor," Hill said. "We played with determination."
Poor passing allowed the Kardinals to take big leads in the first two games, Kupferschmid said.
"Kenai played hard," she said. "They pushed us. They have some good athletes."
Skyview's serving got it back into the match, Kupferschmid said.
"Our serving was tough and in," she said. "We didn't miss too many serves."
Despite trailing, the team stayed together, Hill said.
"We respond to each other really well," she said. "We're like family out there."
"That shows the strength of our program," Kupferschmid said about the comeback.
Skyview's experience and Kenai's inexperience showed, Kennedy said.
"The speed of this game was just overwhelming," he said. "They're a tough team. They put the ball away.
"My hat's off to Sheila and her group," Kennedy said. "They do very, very well."
The Panthers started to jell on Tuesday, Hill said.
"We just clicked as a team tonight," she said. "We willed it to happen. We need to do that every game."
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