The Nikiski girls volleyball team continued its dominance this weekend with Southcentral Conference wins against Grace Christian on Friday and Heritage Christian on Saturday at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.
On Friday, the undefeated Bulldogs beat out Grace Christian in four games. After losing a close first game 27-25, the Bulldogs took the next three games 25-13, 25-14, and 25-21 to win the match.
Sophomore Sherra Pritchard stepped up as middle hitter for her team in the game.
"Sherra came in and really helped out," Nikiski coach Bruce King said.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs faced the Heritage Christian Eagles. It was the last regular season game before the conference tournament next weekend at Houston. The Bulldogs had already clinched their conference by beating Grace Christian the previous night, but their undefeated regular season was still at risk.
"We started out a little slow," Coach King said, "but we had already won our conference last night."
The Bulldogs jumped to an early lead in the first game against Heritage Christian on Saturday and cruised to victory. Game 1 was closed by junior Amber Huhndorf's aces on serve for a 25-7 victory.
In the second game, though, the Eagles surprised the Bulldogs by a score of 25-16.
"We let down and they (Eagles) took advantage of that," said Pritchard.
The Bulldogs woke up in games three and four by winning 25-6 and 25-19 to win the match and remain perfect in the regular season.
Outside hitters Georgie Heaverley and Hannah Thompson were key ingredients to the wins this weekend with totals of 32 kills and 33 kills, respectively.
"We had slow starts in both games, but I think we are ready for regions," said Thompson.
Junior setter Stacey Griffel racked up the assists this weekend with 44 against Grace Christian and 24 against Heritage Christian.
After clinching the conference and remaining undefeated in the regular season, the Bulldogs now look to the conference tournament next weekend where they will receive a bye in the first round of the tournament.
Seward 3, Heritage Christian 1
Grace Christian 3, Seward 2
On Friday, the Seward Seahawks girls volleyball team played Heritage Christian in Southcentral Conference action as well. Seward won 25-19, 27-25, 19-25 and 25-21.
Seward later fell to Grace Christian in five hard-fought games on Saturday. The scores were 25-23, 15-25, 21-25, 25-15 and 15-13.
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