The Seward High School volleyball team dug down deep Monday -- literally -- to defeat Skyview in five games in a nonregion match at Seward.
"Seward played the best defensive game I've ever seen a team play," said Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid. "They didn't have a block at the net, but they played the backcourt and dug up everything. It's very unconventional, but it worked."
Skyview won the first two games 15-11, 16-14 before the Seahawks stole the momentum with a 15-8 win in game three. Once that momentum was gained, Seward never let it go, winning 17-15, 15-5 to close out the match.
Kupferschmid said that when things were going well for the Panthers in the first two games, her hitters were able to pick their spots.
"We passed the ball very well and our kids were hitting all over the court and finding holes," Kupferschmid said.
Jenny Carpenter had 12 attacks for the Panthers, Stacia Pfaffe had nine, Laura Tarbox had seven attacks, Laurel Creel notched five attacks and Brandi Aldridge chipped in with two attacks. Tarbox notched seven blocks.
Jessika Truesdell had 13 digs while Christina Colvin had 10 digs.
Kupferschmid said she'll treat Seward's defensive display as a clinic for her team.
"I hope it's a good lesson for our kids," Kupferschmid said. "It's disappointing, but I hope it showed our kids how important defense is."
Skyview hosts Kenai on Friday and Homer on Saturday.
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