Skyview's Chelsea Martin returns the ball during the second game Friday against Kodiak.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
The Skyview High School volleyball team finished the regular season undefeated on its home court, beating Northern Lights Conference rivals Kodiak and Wasilla on Friday and Saturday.
In Friday's match, the Panthers played tough defense against a hard-hitting Kodiak squad, prevailing in three games.
In Saturday's competition, Skyview clawed back from a five-point deficit in the fifth game to take the match.
"What you saw tonight was home-court advantage," said Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid following Friday's match. "Our players have practiced and played here all season. They're comfortable with the court and they're confident. When you have those two ingredients, you're going to play well."
In the first game of Friday's match, Skyview's Cady Bon recorded a kill that won her team the serve and put the Panthers ahead 16-15. Melissa Fay then fired off seven straight points from the service line, getting a block from Kim Massey along the way, to give the Panthers a 23-15 advantage.
Kodiak kept battling, but the Skyview was able to put the game away by a score of 25-19.
The Panthers trailed early in the second game, finally taking the lead for good on a kill by Bon that gave Skyview a 21-20 lead. A big serve from Kendra Groves made it 22-20, and after trading points, Skyview won it 25-22 when the Bears were unable to return a Panther attack.
Skyview's Anna Bonebrake and Cady Bon dig deep for a ball in the second game against Kodiak Friday night.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Skyview pulled ahead of Kodiak on six straight service points from Amber Kunz in the third game, taking a 23-18 lead, but the Bears came back to tie the game at 24. Kodiak hitters fired long on the next two rallies, though, giving Skyview the match.
"Physically, I think (Kodiak is) a stronger team, but my kids are good techniquewise, and our ball control is very good. We had a very good defensive game," Kupferschmid said.
Bon led the Panthers with 11 kills while Massey had four blocks. Anna Bonebrake and Kunz chipped in defensively with 11 and nine digs, respectively.
In Saturday's match with Wasilla, the Panthers took the first game 25-22, but dropped game two 29-27 and game three 25-15.
Skyview rallied to win game four 25-19, forcing a fifth game, but quickly fell behind in the clincher.
"The kids kept their composure. That was a lot of pressure. We haven't beaten Wasilla all season," Kupferschmid said.
Skyview overcame a 6-1 deficit, and a kill from Bon tied the game at 12. Wasilla got a point back, but a kill by Bonebrake tied it at 13, then an errant Wasilla tip gave the Panthers a 14-13 lead.
With Bon serving for the match, Bonebrake came up with a block to give Skyview a 15-13 win.
"They didn't quit. They could've quit after getting down 6-1," Kupferschmid said.
Bonebrake had 15 kills for the match while Kunz had 10 and Bon notched nine. Groves had a big match with 14 service points and nine digs. Jennifer Holland served for 12 points.
The Panthers finish the regular season with an 8-2 conference record and will be the top seed from the Southern Division when the conference tournament commences Thursday in Homer.
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