The Nikiski volleyball team managed to stay just ahead of the host Mariners last weekend to pull out a win after a five-set match at Homer High School.
Nikiski defeated Homer with games of 25-18, 13-25, 25-21, 23-25 and 15-11 on Saturday. The win moved the Bulldogs to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the Southcentral Conference while the Mariners fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Head Coach Stephanie Carroll said she felt like the team made a few too many crucial errors against Nikiski.
“I feel like we made too many mistakes, that we kind of let that split away,” she said.
The team had more attacks this game, which is something Carroll said they needed more of. However they also had more missed serves.
“Missed serves are really killing us, giving away points that way,” she said.
Overall, Carroll said the team played well.
“It’s early in the season. We have some things that we need to work on, especially to anticipate better,” she said.
During the game, Kitri Classen had 13 digs, Karmyn Gallios had 12 digs and five kills, Kelli Bishop had 24 assists and 10 digs, Laura Inama had eight kills and Marina Carroll has 11 kills and 15 digs.
The Mariners were scheduled to play an away game Wednesday night at Soldotna High School. They next go on to compete in the West SpikeFest in Anchorage.