Service beats Homer to take Peninsula Challenge

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Service volleyball team defeated Homer Saturday at Homer High School to win the 2005 Peninsula Challenge volleyball tournament.

The scores in the championship game were 25-11, 15-25 and 14-25.

All-tournament players were Service's Adriana Aukusitino, Pasadeanna Aukusitino and Sylvia Bullock, Homer's Brittany VanSandt and Rachel Bornheimer, Skyview's Anna Bonebrake, Eagle River's Nicole Vitto and Brooke Hanes and Soldotna's Paige Blackburn and Laura Harro.

Skyview finished third at the tournament, while Soldotna was fifth. Skyview lost to Homer in three games in a bid to get into the championship match.

Soldotna coach Pako Whannell said the highlight for her team was taking a game off Service in Friday's pool play. The Stars were the only team to do so in pool play.

"I told them they had nothing to lose in that game and they really shined," Whannell said. "I think they played their best gave ever against Service."

Heritage Christian 3, Seward 1

Host Heritage Christian defeated Seward 22-25, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-19 Friday in Southcentral Conference action.

Nikiski 3, Grace Christian 1

The Bulldogs defeated the Grizzlies 18-25, 25-14, 25-17 and 28-26 Friday in Southcentral Conference action.

Nikiski had 59 digs in the match, with Sasha Auldridge leading the way with 12. Hannah Thompson had 18 kills, while Georgie Heaverley had seven kills. Sherra Pritchard had eight blocks, while Thompson had seven and Kyle Jorgensen had five. Amber Huhndorf had fives aces, while Thompson added four. Stacey Griffel had 20 assists.

Nikiski 3, Heritage 0

The Bulldogs won 25-14, 25-14 and 25-14 Saturday in Southcentral Conference action.

Thompson had 16 digs, while Griffel had eight and Huhndorf had seven. Thompson and Heaverley each had nine kills, while Sherra and Shayna Pritchard each had five blocks. Thompson had seven aces, while Stacey Griffel had 12 assists and Kim Copeland had three assists.

The Bulldogs remained undefeated in head-to head matches.

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