The Soldotna volleyball team lost for the first time this season, falling to Wasilla on Saturday in Northern Lights Conference play in Wasilla. The scores were 29-31, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21 and 15-12.
SoHi is now 10-1 in nontournament play and 5-1 in the league.
“It was a wild game,” SoHi coach Luke Baumer said. “It’s always tough to play in Wasilla. I was pleased with how our girls played.
“The loss wasn’t because we didn’t play well, it was because the ball fell Wasilla’s way.”
Ituau Tuisaula had 26 kills and four blocks, while Sierra Kuntz had 53 assists, Serena Foglia had 11 kills and Holleigh Jaime had 18 digs and five aces.
Soldotna travels to Homer for a 5 p.m. match Tuesday.
Soldotna 3, Wasilla 1
The Stars grabbed a rare road win over Wasilla on Friday night with a thrilling conference victory.
SoHi won with game scores of 25-23, 25-18, 17-25 and 32-30, winning the last set on an outside hit by Morgan Bouschor, according to SoHi head coach Luke Baumer.
“It was intense, back and forth all game,” Baumer said. “It was basically a battle of our serve-receive against their serve-receive, and it was about who could get the last sideout. They had their big guns and we had our big guns.”
Baumer, who had never coached a game to 32 points, said it was the first win over Wasilla on the Warriors’ home court in four years.
Baumer said that beating Wasilla gave SoHi another jolt of confidence with the region tournament only a month away.
“It’s a big win, and the girls were just super hyped up, there was a lot of energy,” he said. “They knew if they were going to wind up losing, they were going to lose by swinging and being aggressive.”
The SoHi attack was led by senior Ituau Tuisaula, who had 21 kills and eight aces, while teammate Bailey Armstrong tallied 11 kills. Senior libero Holleigh Jaime recorded 24 digs, Sierra Kuntz had 49 assists and Bouschor notched 14 digs.
Kenai 3, Redington 0
The Kardinals secured a Southcentral Conference victory Friday night with game scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-13. The win pushed Kenai to 3-2 in conference play.
Bethany Morris led the attack with 12 kills and nine digs, and was joined by Abby Every with nine kills. Kaylee Lauritsen provided 11 assists and four aces, Jenna Streiff tallied 16 digs, Jaiden Streiff had two aces, Kailey Hamilton had nine assists and Erin Koziczkowski recorded two stuff blocks.
Kenai 3, Houston 0
The host Kardinals finished a Southcentral Conference weekend sweep by topping the Hawks by scores of 25-12, 25-18 and 25-12.
Seward 3, Houston 1
The Seahawks notched a Southcentral Conference win Friday in Seward over the Houston Hawks.
Redington 3, Seward 1
The Huskies took a Southcentral Conference win on the road Saturday in Seward.