The Homer Mariners finished tied for fifth among 18 teams at the West Spiketacular volleyball tournament in Anchorage, the highest placer among peninsula schools.
Kenai Central finished tied for seventh, Soldotna finished in a tie for ninth and Nikiski ended up tied for 13th.
Following Friday’s pool play, Homer defeated Service 2-0 in the opening bracket before losing to East 2-1. In the lower bracket, the Mariners beat West Valley 2-0 and Kenai 2-0 to make it to a lower bracket semifinal. Homer lost 2-0 to West Anchorage.
Kenai lost to Colony 2-0 in bracket play, but then went on a run in the lower bracket, beating the West JV team 2-0 and Chugiak 2-0. However, the Kards lost to Homer 2-0 to end their tournament.
Nikiski beat Houston 2-0 before losing to East 2-0. That relegated the Bulldogs to the lower bracket, where they beat Grace Christian 2-1 but lost 2-0 to Service to end the day.
Soldotna lost to Chugiak 2-0, then defeated Juneau 2-0 before losing to Colony 2-1.
The teams were sorted into the bracket based on pool play results Friday. Homer went 4-4 in pool play to finish fifth of nine teams in pool A. In pool B, Kenai and Soldotna both went 3-5 to finish fifth and sixth, respectively, while Nikiski was 2-6 to finish eighth.