SoHi volleyball takes 2nd at Lady Grizzly Invitational

The Soldotna volleyball team took second in the platinum bracket Saturday at the 24th Lady Grizzly Invitational in Anchorage, while Nikiski won the gold bracket.

The Stars started in the bracket by defeating Wasilla 20-14, 13-20, 11-8, before losing to Bartlett 20-11, 16-20, 15-11. Soldotna then worked its way back into the final by topping Wasilla 20-13, 17-20, 15-9. The Stars fell in the final 20-11, 21-23, 15-12.

Homer also was in the platinum bracket and placed fifth, losing to Bartlett 20-11, 18-20, 15-10, beating Valdez 12-20, 20-13, 15-7 and losing to Wasilla 20-9, 20-13.

Nikiski won the gold bracket by topping Grace 25-11, 22-20, but losing to Monroe Catholic 17-20, 20-17, 5-2. The Bulldogs worked their way back into the final by defeating Anchorage Christian Schools 20-8, 20-17, before beating Monroe twice for the crown.

Kenai was fifth in the gold bracket, topping Seward 20-10, 20-15, then losing to Monroe 20-18, 19-21, 7-2, then losing to ACS 13-20, 20-14, 3-2.

Seward was seventh in the gold bracket, losing to Kenai, then Kotzebue.

Friday and Saturday, Soldotna finished on top of Pool A with an 8-1 record. The Stars topped Bartlett 25-15, topped Kenai 25-14, topped Kotzebue 25-22, topped Susitna Valley 25-14, topped Valdez 25-20, topped Mt. Edgecumbe 25-21, topped Eagle River 25-18, topped Anchorage Christian Schools 25-21 and lost to Wasilla 25-19.

Kenai was fifth in Pool A with a 4-5 record. The Kardinals lost to Valdez 25-16, lost to Soldotna 25-14, lost to Mt. Edgecumbe 25-17, lost to Bartlett 25-22, topped ACS 25-14, lost to Kotzebue 25-14, topped Eagle River 25-21, defeated Susitna Valley 25-7 and defeated Wasilla 25-22.

Homer was third in Pool B with a 7-2 record. The Mariners lost to Sitka 25-17, topped Cordova 25-12, topped Houston 25-10, topped Kodiak via forfeit, topped Monroe Catholic 25-21, lost to Palmer 25-14, defeated Nikiski 25-22, defeated Seward 25-7 and defeated Grace Christian 25-8.

Nikiski was fourth in Pool B with a 6-3 record. The Bulldogs lost to Palmer 25-21, defeated Seward 25-17, defeated Kodiak by forfeit, defeated Grace Christian 25-11, defeated Cordova 25-20, lost to Sitka 25-12, lost to Homer 25-22, defeated Monroe Catholic 25-23 and defeated Houston 25-10.

Seward was seventh in Pool B with a 3-6 record. The Seahawks lost to Grace 25-21, lost to Nikiski 25-17, lost to Sitka 25-14, lost to Monroe 25-19, lost to Palmer 25-7, defeated Houston 25-4, defeated Kodiak via forfeit, lost to Homer 25-7 and defeated Cordova 25-22.

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