Nikiski Hannah Thompson spikes the ball during the opening-round game against Cordova in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament in Anchorage, Alaska Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004.
AP Photo/ Al Grillo
The Nikiski High Scholl volleyball team played a good match to open the state 3A championships at West High School in Anchorage Thursday.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, so did Cordova.
"It was just a tough four games. All of them were hard-fought, all of them were within a couple of points. They just prevailed," said Nikiski coach Bruce King after the Bulldogs dropped their tournament opener to the Wolverines in four games.
Cordova, runner-up at the state tournament for the past two seasons, won the first game 25-23. Nikiski battled back to take the second game in extra points, 27-25, but the Wolverines won the third game 25-21 and clinched the match with a 25-22 win in game four.
Hannah Thompson led the Bulldogs with 18 kills, seven blocks and 27 digs. Georgie Heaverley had 13 kills for Nikiski and Krystal Gladden recorded 10 blocks.
Sherra Pritchard had seven blocks while Sasha Auldridge came up with 21 digs and Stacey Griffel netted 19 digs to go with her 34 assists. Amber Huhndorf had 12 digs and served up three aces.
The loss puts the Bulldogs in the consolation bracket where they will play Southcentral Conference foe Seward at 9:30 a.m. today. The winner of that match will advance to the fourth-place match Saturday at 9 a.m.
The Bulldogs entered the state tournament riding high after an undefeated regular season and sweep in the conference tournament championship match.
Now, Nikiski must regroup and make the most of the rest of its season.
"They're disappointed, but they realize there's still a lot of volleyball to play in this tournament," King said.
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