Nikiski sweeps Grace, Heritage

Posted: Monday, October 01, 2001

The Nikiski volleyball team followed hurry-up-and-wait situations with hurry-up-and-quash-the-opponent situations Friday and Saturday in District 3/3A play.

After waiting for a referee Friday at Heritage Christian, then waiting until 4 p.m. to take the floor Saturday at Grace Christian, the Bulldogs defeated both sides in three games to improve their district record to 7-0.

Friday, Nikiski defeated Heritage 15-11, 15-9 and 15-8.

"Heritage is one of the quicker teams we've played this season," Nikiski coach Cherrie Hobart-Verkuilen said. "It took us the first several games to adjust to their quickness."

Hobart-Verkuilen said Mindy Cason set the pace for the team the entire weekend. Friday, the senior had six kills and four stuff blocks. Karen Rabung added three kills.

"Whenever the opposition single blocks us in the middle, it makes our day," Hobart-Verkuilen said. "Both Heritage and Grace used a single block in the middle. Mindy just killed them."

Saturday, the Bulldogs dished out a 15-7, 15-1 and 15-11 decision to Grace, with Cason stepping up with 10 kills and six stuff blocks. Also for the Bulldogs, Samantha Roofe had three kills and April Lofstedt had three stuff blocks. Liz Golia finished up the weekend having hit 100 percent of her serves, something Hobart-Verkuilen said has been a goal.

"The first and last games against Grace seemed closer than the score indicated," Hobart-Verkuilen said. "That's probably because our serve-receive passing was off in those games. That continues to give us trouble."

Nikiski's next match will be Thursday, when it travels to meet Kenai. The junior varsity match will start at 4 p.m., while the varsity match will follow.

The match against Kenai was originally scheduled for Saturday, but with the Kardinals and Bulldogs set to square off in the football playoffs that day, the match was moved.

Nikiski will then host District 3 rival Seward Saturday.


Kodiak defeated host Soldotna 15-7, 16-14 and 15-4 Saturday in a Region III/4A volleyball match.

Soldotna didn't have the services of regular setter Stacey Foster for the match, then her replacement, Christa Martin, got hurt during the match. Stars coach Pako Whannell said Lauren Christensen did a solid job filling the setting position after that, but she did say the constant shuffling hurt the team's offense.

Martin finished with eight assists, while Christensen had six assists. Rachel Besse had seven kill blocks and five kills, while Hillary Zobeck had three kill blocks and seven kills. Jenna Pitts had the team's lone ace.

Soldotna will travel to Anchorage Friday and Saturday for the West Spiketacular.

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