The Homer volleyball team defeated host Kenai Central 25-15, 25-16 and 25-19 on Friday in Northern Lights Conference action.
The Mariners improved to 5-1 in the NLC and 7-2 overall while the Kardinals dropped to 0-7 in the conference.
Homer received solid performances from Rachel Bornheimer, who had 11 kills and 10 digs, and Reba Temple, who had seven kills.
“Reba and Rachel are definitely our go-to hitters,” Homer coach Beth Trowbridge said. “Rachel has been my most consistent, really aggressive attacker all season.
“What’s impressive is she can attack down the lines, use the angles, or use tips.”
While Homer could go to Bornheimer or Temple when it needed a big point, the Kardinals could not get the big points when they needed them.
“It’s just consistency again,” said Kenai setter Katie Foley said. “The problem with our team is when we make a mistake we get down and it’s hard to get back up.”
Kenai was just a few steps behind the Homer attack all night.
“They gave it to Rachel a lot,” Foley said. “We expected that. We couldn’t get over to block that. We were just barely missing her.”
The Kardinals got off to a good start in the match. Foley served for five points, including three serves that Homer couldn’t get back over the net, to give the Kardinals a 6-2 lead.
Bornheimer said the Mariners had a number of things to get used to at Kenai, like the court.
“We also had to get used to the ball,” Bornheimer said. “It also was really noisy. Sometimes, we don’t deal with the noise factor well.”
Behind Temple, Homer came storming back. Down 10-9, Temple put the finishing touches on five points and Kenai had three hitting errors as Homer grabbed a 17-12 lead. Kenai would get no closer than four points the rest of the game.
Homer dominated the second game. Cora Trowbridge, who had four aces in the match, served for seven straight points to give the Mariners a 10-2 lead. Kenai would get no closer than five points the rest of the game.
The third game started very close as there was a tie on points one through nine. Trowbridge said her team has had some problems closing out matches. On Tuesday, Homer defeated Soldotna in the first two games before losing two games then winning the fifth game.
“This week, we worked on staying aggressive and on our game the whole time,” Trowbridge said. “After the first two, we have a tendency to let down.”
Leading 21-18, Homer put the game away by winning four of the last five points.
“We’re just staying more focused and playing consistent a little better,” Bornheimer said. “If we mess up, we’re able to shake it off.”
Homer also makes it difficult for the other side to mount a consistent attack due to the blocking of Bornheimer and Reba and Jill Temple.
“Trying to get over our blockers, they do make more errors, it seems,” Trowbridge said. “In the past, they adjusted by tipping. We did a much better job this match of digging up their tips.”
Emily Kizzia and Jill Temple added three kills for Homer, while Erika Gavenus had 12 assists, Amelia Robinson had 11 digs and Chelsea Owens had seven digs.
For the Kardinals, Kyla Steward had nine kills, Samantha Navarre and Rebekah Summer had six kills, and Demaris Craig had three stuff blocks.
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