Nikolaevsk netters win Denali volleyball crown

Today, volleyball teams from Nikolaevsk and Seldovia head to the Mixed Six State Tournament in Anchorage. It is the third-straight state trip for the Warriors.

On Nov. 21, teams from Seldovia, Kodiak, Nikolaesk and Fort Yukon participated in the Region 2 Denali Conference Mixed 6 Volleyball Tournament in Seldovia. The Nikolaevsk Warriors came out on top, with the Seldovia Sea Otters in second place. The sportsmanship award went to the team from Kodiak.

Nikolaevsk’s Neil Gordeev was the conference MVP, while the Warriors also put Greg Trail, Megan Hickman and Jonah Yakunin on the all-conference squad. Aidan Philpot and Olivia Turner made the team for Seldovia.

Alan Haskins, principal of Susan B. English School in Seldovia, said the tournament was great. “Games were all very evenly matched,” he said. “The kids had fun and all played well.”

“Our kids are improving,” Nikolaevsk Coach Bea Klaich said. “I think they have a real shot at this.”

The results of each game in the Denali Conference Tournament follow.

Friday’s games:  Game 1 – Seldovia beat Kodiak ESS, 25-14, 25-18, 25-9

Game 2 — Nikolaevsk beat Fort Yukon, 25-19, 25-13, 25-8

Game 3 – Nikolaevsk beat Seldovia, 25-21, 26-24, 25-16

 Saturday’s games:  Game 4 – Kodiak ESS beat Fort Yukon, 27-25, 25-20, 25-19

Game 5 – Seldovia beat Kodiak ESS, 25-17, 25-21, 25-15

 Game 6 – Nikolaevsk beat Seldovia, 25-11, 25-17, 25-19

All-Tournament team: Jonah Fefelov, Nikolaevsk; Megan Hickman, Nikolaevsk; Serafima Kalugin, Nikolaevsk; Olivia Turner, Seldovia; Aidan Philpot, Seldovia; Greg Trail, Nikolaevsk; Lorean Bircher, Kodiak ESS; Neal Gordeev, Nikolaesvk  MVP

 All Academic Team: Vera Fefelov, Nikolaesvk; Olivia Turner, Seldovia; Sage Stanish, Seldovia; Aidan Philpot, Seldovia; Annisha Storm, Fort Yukon; Marina Chissus, Seldovia; Korena Nelson, Kodiak ESS; Jamela Anderson, Fort Yukon; Kassidy Carroll, Fort Yukon; Caitlin Phillips, Kodiak ESS

 Skills Competition Winners

Passing Skill Team Event: Vera Fefelov and Serafima Kalugin  (Nikolaevsk)

Serving Skill Team Event: Jonah Fefelov, Felemon Molodih, Neil Gordeev  (Nikolaevsk)

Setter/Hitter Event: Neil Gordeev, Hitter  (Nikolaevsk); Feodora Mametieff, Setter