Skyview netters sweep Mariners

Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Skyview volleyball team swept Homer in Northern Lights Conference action on Tuesday at Skyview.

The Panthers are now 7-1 in the league and 13-2 in nontournament action.

"I think the kids were crisp," Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. "I talked to them about the importance of momentum going into the region tournament."

Skyview will host the Northern Lights Conference tournament starting on Nov. 4.

Kupferschmid said the top-notch competition the Panthers saw at the Dimond-Service Tournament helped crank up the speed of their game. At the front of that effort was Jaxon Hill.

"Jaxon Hill was very dominant at the net," Kupferschmid said.

The coach also said the tournament helped setter Rebecca Egan.

"Rebecca Egan is learning to make better choices and is leading the team," Kupferschmid said.

The coach said the bench played a big part in the victory. Sophomore Marlee Cunningham was solid at middle blocker and gave the team more depth at that position. Brittinie Whipple, Holly Ramsell and Karlie Self also contributed to the win.

"We played 11 or 12," Kupferschmid said. "When everybody's active, that's always exciting for the team."

Kupferschmid also said Alicia West and Thit Bak were their normally solid selves.

"Thit Bak was pretty dominant," Kupferschmid said. "They couldn't stop her swing."

Skyview goes on the road to play Palmer on Friday and Colony on Saturday.

"Those two teams will show us where everything stands," Kupferschmid said. "I told the kids that these are the matches we want heading into the tournament."

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