Bartlett defeated Skyview 15-9, 12-15, 15-13 and 16-14 Thursday in the opening round of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament at West High in Anchorage.
"This was the first match all year that we did not play very well," Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said after her team dropped to 16-2 overall. "We made too many mistakes to win."
The Panthers won the first Region III championship in school history last weekend, and one year ago took second in the state tournament.
However, Thursday Skyview could never establish momentum. The turning point came in game three, when Skyview took a 13-5 lead and looked to be on its way to a 2-1 lead in the match. Bartlett stormed back, though, and took the last 10 points of the game.
"We had our opportunities," Kupferschmid said. "We had our chances.
"We just didn't use them."
Jenny Carpenter paced Skyview with 23 kills, while Laurel Creel added 10 kills and Nynke Salverda added seven kills.
In the blocking department, Salverda led with nine, while Anna Bonebrake pitched in six blocks.
Amanda Fay had nine points serving for Skyview, while Christina Colvin had 12 points.
Skyview will play West Valley today at 11:30 a.m. at West High in the semifinals of the fourth-place bracket.
"On the positive end, we're young and we're still here at the state tournament," Kupferschmid said. "We have two more matches ahead of us, hopefully.
"We can continue to strive to play good volleyball. We have to come back from this. Our goal is to be playing Saturday."
Also from the peninsula, Homer, the third place team in Region III, got off to a good start Thursday, defeating West Valley 15-5, 15-7 and 15-11.
Homer will play Bartlett in the semifinals today at 3 p.m.
Finally, in a rematch of the Class 3A title game from last year, Valdez one again got the upper hand in a tilt against Seward.
Valdez won the opening-round match in the state tournament Thursday 8-15, 15-17, 15-0, 16-14, 15-11.
Seward will play Petersburg in the fourth-place bracket today at 8 a.m.
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