SoHi netters top Kenai; SkyHi outlasts Seward

Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Soldotna volleyball team defeated host Kenai Central 25-19, 26-24 and 25-23 on Tuesday night in Northern Lights Conference action.

The Stars improve to 5-4 overall and 3-4 in the conference, while Kenai falls to 0-6 and 2-7.

Soldotna coach Bruce King said passing consistency played a big role in the match.

"It's the same issue both teams have been facing all season with passing consistency," King said. "One team or another would get on a service run when the other team had trouble passing."

Kenai coach John Kennedy said some personnel issues hurt his team.

"We had some personnel issues we had to take care of so we had to make some changes in the lineup," Kennedy said. "We didn't react very well to that."

Sydney Goggia had nine blocks in the match, including eight stuff.

"She was very active," King said. "There was a lot of jousting going on at the net."

Kylee Woodford led SoHi with 11 digs, while Kaillee Skjold had six blocks (three stuff). Kaycee Munn pounded two aces, Heidi Westerman had 14 assists, and Rebecca Satathite had seven kills while Skjold had six kills.

"I think Kenai is an improved team," King said. "They are better than the last time we played them. They are a scrappy defensive team."

The Kards received five kills from Alisha Peterson, four kills and a stuff block from Allie McGahan, and three kills from Lauren Schams.

"We are getting better, don't get me wrong," Kennedy said. "I think that's the frustrating part. We are getting better but we're not winning."

Soldotna will host West on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., while Kenai will travel to Kodiak for games on Friday and Saturday.

Skyview gets past Seward in five

The Skyview volleyball team defeated host Seward 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 15-9 on Tuesday in nonconference action.

Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said her team did not react well after playing Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

"Give Seward credit. They did fight," Kupferschmid said after her team improved to 9-2 overall. "We were just off. I know what it was. It was mental. We'll take the win.

"It was a good experience for the girls. They need tough, five-game matches."

Jaxon Hill had 11 kills for the Panthers, while Thit Bak had 11 kills, Alicia West had 10 kills, Amanda McDowell had eight kills and Caity Marang had four kills.

West led with 14 service points, while Hill and Bak each had seven service points.

Hill paced the Panthers with seven digs, while McDowell and West each had five digs. Marang had five blocks, while Hill had four blocks.

The Panthers will play at the Grizzly Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Eagle River wins Peninsula Challenge

Eagle River won the Homer Electric Association/Story Real Estate 2010 Peninsula Challenge on Saturday in Homer.

Eagle River defeated Kodiak in the championship match 25-16 and 25-23, and again in the "if" match, since the championship loss was Kodiak's first loss in the double-elimination tournament.

Nome was third, Homer was fourth, Kodiak's junior varsity was fifth, Unalaska was sixth and Homer's junior varsity was seventh.

The all-tournament team was made up of Megan Harvey and Alyssa Klaugmeyer of Eagle River, Rose Ann Adreilla and Manya Wandersee of Kodiak, Taylor Pomeranz of Nome, Eri Sugiyama and Brooke DeVaney of Homer, Hanna Wandersee of the Kodiak JV, Meta Mendenhall of Unalaska and Haley Oliver of Homer JV.

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