Volleyball roundup: Kenai, Homer notch wins

Kards ride balanced attack

The visiting Homer volleyball team defeated Nikiski 25-12, 25-18 and 25-16 on Saturday.

Nikiski coach Stacey Segura said the story of the match was her squad not doing enough with attacking opportunities against the Mariners.

“For every good play we probably had five unnecessary, unforced errors,” the coach said.

Segura said the Mariners are very dangerous when they get a chance to run their offense. That’s why the opposition must make Homer play defense.

“We weren’t consistent,” Segura said. “We couldn’t get enough good passes to keep our hitters going.”

Segura said the Bulldogs attacked better than in a Thursday loss at SoHi. Savannah Ley had 10 kills while Lillian Carstens had four kills and eight blocks. Jaycee Tauriainen had 14 digs and 12 assists, while Rosalie Anderson had 12 digs and Mckinlee Jeffreys had 11 digs.

Kenai 3, Seward 0

The Kardinals topped the Seahawks 25-16, 27-25 and 25-11.

Kenai coach Tracie Beck said her squad’s depth and experience made a difference.

“That’s the beauty about this squad,” Beck said after moving to 2-0. “We have a lot of threats in the front row.”

Kaylee Lauritsen had 17 assists for the Kards, while Andie Galloway had six kills, Abby Every had six kills, Bethany Morris had five kills and Emma Beck had four kills.

Also for the Kards, Morris had four aces, while Lauritsen had three and Every had two. Every had five stuff blocks, while Erin Koziczkowski had three stuff blocks. Galloway added 16 digs, while Every had eight digs.

In the close second game, Beck said the team’s five seniors made a difference.

“Abby, Bethany and Kaylee have a lot of varsity experience,” Beck said. “In a close game, they were confident and took care of business.”

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