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Story last updated at 4:32 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lady Mariners fall to Seward, Soldotna

By Norm Anderson
For the Homer News

The Lady Mariner volleyball team was on the road last week starting Thursday as they played a conference match versus the Anchorage Christian School Lions. After losing the first two sets (24-26) and (23-25), Homer came back to take the next two, (25-22) and (25-15) forcing a tie breaker and losing (13-15). Hailey Oliver led Homer with 12 kills on the night. Cayenna Anderson served at a perfect 100 percent as well. Hope Hudson also contributed to the offense with a team high 17 assists.

The following day, the Mariners traveled to Houston, participating in the North/South Volleyball Tournament. The first day, Homer played each team twice in a game to 25 points. Ending the round robin play with a 4-4 record, the Mariners were awarded the third seed going into Saturday's single elimination tournament for the championship. The semi final match had them matched up with ACS, who they lost to just two days before. This time the Lady Mariners swept the Lions (25-23) (25-23) (23-19). This win put them into the championship game against Seward who has also gotten the best of Homer earlier this season in conference play. The Mariners were on a roll in the first two sets, winning (25-18) and (25-23). But the next three sets were all Seward as they took the tournament championship (15-25) (16-25) and (5-15).

Coach Beth Trowbridge said: "Early in the match we played strong and committed very few errors. After the second set, we seemed to lose our focus and began giving away points on unforced hitting and serving errors."

Kayla Hutt led the team with 42 kills during the tournament while Miranda Beach had 10 aces. "Serving was strong the entire weekend and we are beginning to be able to use this as an offensive tool as players become more consistent while serving aggressively." said Trowbridge.

Cayenna Anderson served at 97% in Houston while Oliver contributed nine solo blocks for The Mariners, earning them spots on the all-tournament team.

The Mariners traveled to Soldotna on Tuesday to play the Stars losing 19-25, 13-25 and 12-25.