The Skyview and Nikiski volleyball teams won brackets at the Dimond-Service Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The tournament is the largest volleyball event of the year. This year it had 24 teams. At the tournament, teams do pool play Friday and Saturday morning. The results of those two pools put them into brackets late Saturday.
Skyview played its way into the silver bracket, or the bracket for the second tier of teams, and beat Dimond, Kenai and Homer to take the bracket.
"Whenever you can leave a tournament on a win, that's a positive," Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said.
The coach credited Christine Hayes and Jenny Carpenter with strong tournaments, calling Carpenter one of the best outside hitters at the tournament.
After sweeping Anchorage Christian Schools in a District 3/3A match Thursday, the Bulldogs played their way into the bronze bracket Friday and Saturday. Nikiski defeated West Valley and Lathrop before facing off with rival Seward in the best-of-three championship match.
The two teams split the first two games before Nikiski took the third in rally scoring. Nikiski and Seward split in their district matches this year.
"Going into regions, it gave us a little more self-confidence being able to beat them so late in the season," Nikiski coach Cherrie Hobart-Verkuilen said.
Valdez, a Class 3A team, took the tournament title by defeating Service 15-9, 15-4 and 15-6 in the championship game. The Buccaneers are a big obstacle to Nikiski repeating as Class 3A state champs.
Peninsula athletes on the all-tournament team were Kenai's Laura Rhyner, Skyview's Laura Tarbox, Homer's Chelsea Ward and Nikiski's Mindy Cason.
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