Stars netters fall to Homer

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Soldotna High School volleyball team rallied from a two-game deficit before dropping a Northern Lights Conference match in five games to Homer Tuesday at Soldotna.

“Overall, I was very happy with the intensity and heart they played with tonight,” Soldotna coach Pako Whannell said of her squad. “It just happened to fall in favor of Homer, but we fought to the end.”

Homer took the first two games 25-19, 25-18 before the Stars were able to rattle off two wins to tie the match. Soldotna took game three 25-16, and won game four 25-22.

Homer was able to secure the match with a 15-13 win in the final game.

Whannell said the difference for her team came from the service line, where the Stars started attacking with their serves.

“We had very aggressive serves. That started in games three, four and five. We were taking a lot of risks and chances with placing our serves, and that made a difference,” Whannell said. “We did have solid defense and passing, too, so we were able to set up our attack in the front row.”

Whannell said the Stars worked on speeding up their offense, something that was effective against Homer’s tall front line.

Paige Blackburn led the Stars with 15 kills and also stayed in the match to serve, a new twist for the Stars. Christa Kennedy finished with eight kills, Dani Donaldson had six kills and Megan Duwe netted four kills.

Whannell also said several of her players came up with aces from the service line.

Soldotna will travel to Anchorage this weekend for the Dimond-Service Invitational.

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