Weekend volleyball: Nikiski wraps up top seed; Kenai, Homer also sweep on road

The Nikiski volleyball team wrapped up the top seed out of the Southcentral Conference with a pair of road victories this weekend.

The Bulldogs swept Houston on Friday and Redington on Saturday to finish up 9-1 in the conference heading into the conference tourney Friday and Saturday in Seward.

“I’m really happy where we’re sitting getting ready to go into regions,” Nikiski head coach Stacey Segura said. “The girls have worked really hard this season so far.”

Nikiski defeated Houston 25-12, 25-15 and 25-14. America Jeffreys had 14 digs, while Jaycee Tauriainen had 11 digs. Kaycee Bostic led with nine kills, while Kaitlyn Johnson had five kills, three blocks and four aces. Kotori Miyoshi added three aces.

The Bulldogs got past Redington 25-8, 26-24 and 25-10. Jeffreys had 14 digs, while Johnson had nine digs, 21 assists and four aces. Bostic paced the team with 10 kills, while Lillian Carstens had six. Tauriainen and Bostic each had four aces.

“It was a nice weekend,” Segura said. “It showed some things we need to work on ourselves, like placing the ball and being consistent on defense.”

Kenai sweeps on road

The Kenai Central volleyball team went on the road to defeat Anchorage Christian Schools on Friday and Grace Christian on Saturday in Southcentral Conference action.

The Kardinals finished 8-2 in conference to earn the No. 2 seed out of the Southern Division.

“We’re super excited going into our region tournament,” Kenai Central head coach Tracie Beck said. “We’re playing the best ball we have played during the year. We’re peaking at the right time and the girls are jelling.

“They’re not done yet. They don’t wanna be done yet.”

Kenai topped ACS 23-25, 25-9, 25-18 and 25-23. Kaylee Lauritsen had five aces, while Bethany Morris had three aces and Abby Every added two aces. Jenna Streiff had 19 digs, while Jaiden Streiff had nine digs. Morris led with nine kills, while Every and Erin Koziczkowski added three kills apiece.

Against Grace Christian, Jenna Streiff had 11 digs while Jaiden Streiff had nine digs. In the kills department, Morris had 16, Koziczkowski had seven, Savanna Wilson had seven and Every had five. Lauritsen had seven aces, while Every and Morris had three aces.

Seward drops 2 on road

The Seward volleyball team lost a pair of Southcentral Conference matches on the road this weekend. The Seahawks were swept by Grace Christian on Friday and ACS on Saturday.

Homer takes 2 on road

The Homer volleyball team went on the road for Southcentral Conference victories in Redington on Friday and Houston on Saturday.

The Mariners defeated Redington 25-7, 25-7 and 25-14. Sela Weisser had four aces in the match, while Kitri Classen had 11 digs, Maria Carroll had 11 kills and Laura Inama had eight kills.

Saturday, Homer defeated Houston 25-16, 25-13 and 25-22. Carroll had nine kills, while Inama and Melanie Morris had six apiece. Classen, Kelli Bishop, Hannah Hatfield and Karmyn Gallios all had nine digs. Tonda Smude had four aces.

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