Skyview's Anna Bonebrake goes up for a block Friday against Kenai's Kaitlin Walker and Rochelle Stretch (7).
Photo by Joseph Robertia
The Skyview High School volleyball team netted a big win Friday, defeating the visiting Kenai Kardinals in three games to kick off the Panthers' homecoming weekend.
"(Skyview) worked hard for it. They deserved it," Kenai coach Jason Diorec said after the Panthers handed his squad a 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 defeat.
"It's a special night," said Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid. "I think all the homecoming activities actually set up the girls' mental preparation and focus. I hope it teaches them something, that when they're focused and mentally prepared, they can put a great game together."
The Kardinals actually found themselves leading by five points, 20-15, as game one progressed, but the Panthers clawed their way back. A kill by Cady Bon tied the game at 23, and Bon and Anna Bonebrake combined on a block to push the Panthers to game point, which Bon delivered with another kill.
Skyview's momentum carried into the second game, which Michelle Hicks opened with an ace serve for the Panthers. Kenai came right back to knot the score at 1, and the game stayed close until Bon tipped a ball off Kenai's blockers to give the Panthers a 23-19 lead. Hicks served out the game, finishing it off with an ace.
The Panthers gradually pulled away in the third game. Bon hit the floor to dig a Kenai hit, capping a scramble at the net, and her bump fell untouched on the Kardinals' side of the court to give Skyview a 24-18 lead. Amber Kunz finished off the match with a kill, giving the Panthers a Northern Lights Conference victory.
"We were all in sync, playing together. Everything was flowing," Kunz said.
"We were hoping for (a sweep), but I think we pulled together more than we expected," added Bon.
Diorec, whose Kardinals are plenty strong physically, said his squad now is working on toughening up mentally.
"I know this team learns more with losses, so I know this loss wasn't a waste," Diorec said.
The Kardinals will visit Nikiski Tuesday for a nonconference match. Diorec said that with a couple of days of rest, his squad would bounce back and be ready to go.
"It's a whole new game. We're just taking them one game at a time," Diorec said.
Kupferschmid said that her squad's play at the net Bonebrake compiled five blocks affected the Kenai hitters. The Panthers also played solid defense as Bon picked up 16 digs to go with seven kills and Kendra Groves picked up 10 digs. Kunz had 10 kills for the Panthers, who travel to Homer Friday.
"It was our best game," said Kunz. "We really played good together."
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