Area volleyball teams pile up experience at West Spiketacular

The Kenai Central volleyball team led the Kenai Peninsula at the West Spiketacular by taking second in the Silver Bracket.

The Kardinals started out play in the bracket by topping Juneau-Douglas 2-1. Kenai then defeated Eagle River 2-0 to move to the championship match.

There, West defeated the Kards 2-0. Since West came back through the playback bracket, the Kardinals got another chance in the if-necessary game, but lost that one as well.

Seward took seventh in the bracket, falling to Eagle River 2-1, then East 2-0.

In the Bronze Bracket, Soldotna recovered from going winless in Friday pool play to win the bracket. Senior Aleena Zener made the all-tournament team for helping the Stars to the title.

Soldotna defeated Wasilla 2-1 in the championship match. The Stars started their day with a 2-0 win over Grace Christian, then defeated Homer 2-0, then defeated Ketchikan 2-1 to reach the finals.

Homer ended up fourth in the bracket, defeating West Valley 2-1 before the loss to SoHi pushed the Mariners into the playback bracket. There, Homer defeated Nikiski 2-0 before falling to Wasilla 2-0.

Nikiski tied for fifth in the bracket. The Bulldogs lost to Ketchikan 2-0 to fall into the playback bracket, where they lost to Homer.

In Friday pool play, Kenai led peninsula teams by finishing 4-2 in Pool C.

The Kardinals topped Soldotna 25-21, topped Eagle River 25-22, lost to Palmer 23-22, lost to South 25-16, topped Juneau 25-20 and topped Grace Christian 25-19.

Seward was 3-3 in Pool B. Seward beat East 25-24, lost to Colony 25-14, lost to Dimond 22-14, lost to Service 25-16, beat West Valley 25-14 and beat Wasilla 25-19.

Homer was 2-5 in Pool A. The Mariners lost to West 25-15, lost to Chugiak 25-19, beat Nikiski 25-23, lost to Thunder Mountain 25-13, lost to South JV 25-20, beat Ketchikan 25-17 and lost to Kodiak 25-16.

Nikiski was 1-6 in Pool A. The Bulldogs topped Ketchikan 26-24, lost to Homer, lost to West 25-11, lost to Chugiak 25-14, lost to Kodiak 25-15, lost to Thunder Mountain 25-15 and lost to South JV 23-11.

Soldotna was 0-6 in Pool C. The Stars lost to Kenai, lost to Juneau 25-14, lost to South 25-14, lost to Eagle River 26-24, lost to Grace Christian 26-24 and lost to Palmer 25-14.