Nikiski netters top Heritage, ACS

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2001

The Nikiski volleyball team swept a pair of District 3/3A opponents Friday and Saturday in Nikiski to break out of a midseason funk.

Friday, the Bulldogs blew past Anchorage Christian Schools 15-1, 15-4 and 15-4. Mindy Cason had five kills and five stuff blocks, while Karen Rabung added three kills.

Saturday, Nikiski topped Heritage 15-7, 15-3 and 15-4. The Bulldogs' sweep against Heritage came the night after the Eagles lost to region-power Seward in five games. Heritage's middle hitter had 18 kills in the match, but was held to two or three kills Saturday against Nikiski.

"Today against Heritage, I think we finally got our groove back," Nikiski coach Cherrie Hobart-Verkuilen said. "It was nice to see."

Cason had four kills and six stuff blocks in the match, while Rabung added three kills and five stuff blocks. Hobart-Verkuilen also said setter Liz Golia provided consistent sets.

"The goals we set for ourselves against Heritage were 100 percent serving, and we accomplished that, and improved communication, and we accomplished that also," Hobart-Verkuilen said. "We knew if we could get kids talking and focusing on the basic part of the game, everything would fall in place.

"That happened for us."

Nikiski will travel to face ACS Thursday, before playing in the Dimond-Service Tournament Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

"We look relieved and relaxed again, like we did at the beginning of the season," Hobart-Verkuilen said. "In the last couple of matches, it looked painful for us to be on the floor."

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