The Skyview High School volleyball made a successful trip to the Valley this weekend, defeating Region III/4A opponents Colony and Palmer Friday and Saturday.
The Skyview Panthers made quick work of the host Knights, winning 15-5, 15-1, 15-4 in Friday's match, then seized momentum after dropping the first game of Saturday's match against Palmer 15-3 to win 15-10, 15-10, 15-12.
"Palmer is definitely best team we've played in the state," Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. "To beat them of their home floor should give my kids a lot of confidence going into regions."
Kupferschmid said that with the Panthers leading 11-7 in the second game, Palmer's top player left the game with an injured ankle.
"The momentum switched, and the kids played a very good defensive game," Kupferschmid said.
Carpenter led Skyview's attack against Palmer with 26 kills while Laurel Creel notched seven kills and Nynke Salverda had six. Setter Christian Colvin chipped in with five dump kills.
Salverda also had nine blocks while Carpenter had five and Amanda Fay netted six.
Creel had an excellent match from the service line, serving for 15 points in addition to going 11-for-15 in defensive opportunities. Carpenter and Amber Kunz each were 12-for-15 digging the ball.
Against Colony, Carpenter netted 15 kills while Creel notched 10. Anna Bonebreak had five kills while both Salverda and Fay had three.
On defense, Creel was good on nine of 12 opportunities, Carpenter was 7-for-8 and Kunz was 4-for-5. Colvin had 11 set-assists, Salverda had five blocks and Bonebreak had three blocks.
Creel had another strong effort from the service line, serving for 17 points while Katie Lewis served up four points and Carpenter served for nine points.
"I thought defensively, we're improving," Kupferschmid said. "It was a good game for us. We're working on areas of game we feel we're weaker in. As a whole, we did very well."
Kenai 3, Wasilla 1
The Kardinals knocked off the defending state champion Warriors in four games Saturday at Wasilla in a Region III/4A match.
Kenai dropped the first game 15-8, but rallied to win three straight games, 15-7, 15-13, 15-9.
Seward 3, Grace Christian 2
The Seahawks won a five-game battle with the Grizzlies in Anchorage Saturday, 15-6, 15-13, 6-15, 12-15, 15-9.
Wasilla 3, Soldotna 2
After dropping the first two games Friday, the Stars came back to win a pair, forcing a fifth game, but Wasilla pulled out the win in a Region III/4A match in Wasilla.
Wasilla won the first two games 15-5, 15-5 before the Stars rallied to tie the match with 15-1, 15-12 wins in games three and four. The Warriors took the fifth game 15-13.
Rachel Besse had 12 kills for the Stars.
Grace Christian 3, Nikiski 2
The Bulldogs dropped a District 3/3A match 15-9, 15-12, 15-3 to Grace Christian in Anchorage Friday.
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