The Ninilchik volleyball team lost its opening game at the Class 1-2-3A-West state volleyball tournament Thursday at Dimond High School.
The Wolverines lost to Barrow 25-15, 25-16 and 25-10.
“They were tough,” Ninilchik coach Mary Clock said of Barrow. “They started out the match with their biggest hitter in the back row, and we started with our big blocker in front. In the first match, we didn’t have anybody blocking her.”
Jennifer Erickson ended up with four blocks in the match for the Wolverines. Clock also said that Samantha Evans did some good passing from the back row.
“The girls kept talking and kept at it the first two games,” Clock said. “Toward the end I think they sort of lost heart.”
Clock said that defense obviously is important against an offensive powerhouse like Barrow. Clock said that many times when Ninilchik did dig up an attack, though, they were not able to complete a successful attack, giving Barrow a chance to reload.
Ninilchik will play Skagway in the fourth-place semifinals today at 10:45 a.m. Skagway lost to Kenny Lake 25-14, 25-15 and 25-12.
In other games, Nome topped Hoonah 25-20, 25-22 and 25-18 while Dillingham defeated Susitna Valley 25-22, 25-10 and 25-13.
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