SkyHi netters split on road

Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2004

The Skyview volleyball team split a pair of Northern Lights Conference matches Friday and Saturday in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys.

Friday, the Panthers defeated Palmer 26-24, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-21 to increase their winning streak to eight.

"That's a very nice win on their home court like that," Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. "I thought the kids played competitively and executed the things we've been working on. I thought my key players again came through for us, and our defense was consistent enough to win."

Anna Bonebrake had 16 kills and 13 blocks to lead the Panthers. Amber Kunz added 16 kills and a great defensive effort, Cady Bon had 13 kills, Jennifer Holland had 11 points, Kendra Groves had 11 points and Michelle Hicks had 10 points. Kupferschmid added that Melissa Fay did a nice job setting.

Saturday, Skyview lost to Colony 25-17, 25-10 and 25-13 to fall to 6-2 in the Northern Lights Conference and 10-6 overall.

Kupferschmid said the loss was a result of sleeping on the floor Friday night, Bon leaving after the first game with an injury and the Knights being one of the top three teams in the state.

Bonebrake had eight kills while Kunz had five kills and Holland had four kills.

Soldotna 3, Houston 0

Wasilla 3, Soldotna 1

The Stars started off their road trip to the Matanuska-Susitna valleys with a 25-21, 25-11 and 25-16 victory over the Hawks Friday.

"We've been practicing our quicker offense," Soldotna coach Pako Whannell said. "That match was perfect for us because we were able to use our quicker offense against Houston."

Megan Needs had 13 assists for the Stars while Stacey Foster added 10 assists and 11 good digs. Christa Kennedy had 10 kills, nine digs and two aces for SoHi, while Kala Fowler had 10 digs and nine kills, Paige Blackburn had three kills, Lauren Sennette had 10 digs and Alyssa Roach had four digs.

Saturday, Soldotna lost to the Warriors 25-16, 25-16, 16-25 and 25-14 to fall to 3-5 in the NLC and 5-9 overall.

"In the first two games we came out flat. We weren't really playing our game," Whannell said. "In the third game, the girls talked about it and came back re-energized and playing really well.

"We were running our quick offense because our passing was consistent and we had some aggressive serving. In the fourth game, we came out flat again."

Kennedy had 13 kills for SoHi while Fowler added seven kills, Dani Donaldson had three kills, Sennette had 12 digs, Roach had seven digs, Megan Needs had 19 digs and 14 assists, Stacey Foster had 15 digs, 12 assists and three kills and Paige Blackburn had five kill blocks.

Wasilla 3, Kenai Central 2

The Warriors picked up a Northern Lights Conference victory over the Kardinals Friday in Wasilla. The scores were 25-18, 21-25, 24-26, 25-21 and 15-8.

Palmer 3, Homer 2

The Mariners continued to show improvement, but could not pull out their first Northern Lights Conference victory of the season Saturday in Palmer.

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