Panthers take out Kardinals

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010

The Skyview volleyball team celebrated Senior Night by defeating Kenai Central 25-18, 25-11 and 25-11 on Thursday in Northern Lights Conference play.

Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Skyview's Elisha Hollers spikes the ball on Thursday night against Kenai Central in Northern Lights Conference action at Skyview High School.

The Panthers move to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in the league. The gym was decorated pink and purple to celebrate senior night, and for breast cancer awareness. Donations also were taken at the door for breast cancer.

Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said the Kardinals (0-9, 2-10) had the edge early in the match.

"They did come out and make us make mistakes," Kupferschmid said. "They kept the ball in play with consistent passing and digging."

Kenai coach John Kennedy said he was happy with the way his team played at times.

"We are getting better," Kennedy said. "We played good defense, but we didn't pass real well off their serve."

Kupferschmid said the tide turned due to Skyview's block. Senior Katy Marang had seven solo blocks, while Thit Bak had five blocks.

"I knew going in they were going to have a big block," Kennedy said. "Sheila has some tall kids. They're running up 4 or 5 inches on some of my girls. That's tough to deal with."

Marang was honored along with seniors Rebecca Egan, Elisha Hollers, Alicia West and Jaxon Hill.

"Katy Marang had an outstanding match," Kupferschmid said. "I'm happy for my seniors. They had a great match and they deserved it. They've worked for this."

Kupferschmid said her squad is enrolled in a strength and training class and it shows.

"We're blessed with some size, but they had to work for their strength," she said. "Jaxon Hill lifts weights year-round. That's just work. I give my kids credit."

Hill and West each had seven kills, while Bak had eight, Marang and Hollers had three, and McDowell had two. Mary Hauptman and West each had seven digs, while Hill added five digs.

West had five service points, including two aces, while Egan had eight service points, including three aces. Hauptman had eight service points, while Brittaney Whipple had four service points and three aces.

Skyview will take on Soldotna on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

For Kenai, Allie McGahan had seven kills and two blocks, Shaina Aho had 12 digs, Shelby Toombs had seven assists and two aces, Sierra Glonek had three blocks and Alisha Peterson had two kills.

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