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Story last updated at 6:18 PM on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Volleyball team battles Bears; readies for weekend tournament


The Mariner volleyball team brought excitement and showed improvement at games in Kodiak last Friday and Saturday.

A loud and energetic crowd witnessed intense rallies as Homer's varsity went 14-25, 26-28, 23-25 with Kodiak Friday.

Homer Head Coach Beth Trowbridge said the team's loss came down to just a few small errors.

On Saturday the Ms took the Bears to four sets — 12-25, 25-22, 20-25 and 12-25 — but a number of unforced hitting errors in the first and last sets kept them from an overall win.

For the weekend, Brooke DeVaney made 12 kills and nine digs; Monica Davis made six kills, five aces and seven digs; Kayla Hutt had 10 kills and two solo blocks; Carly Snyder had seven kills; Hope Hudson had six digs and 100 percent serving; Lauren Cashman had 14 digs and 100 percent serving; and Katie McNary had five digs.

The junior varsity team improved their on-court communication and their overall serving percentage, but lost 15-25, 17-25 Friday and 16-25, 21-25 on Saturday. Zoia Basargin led the team with seven kills and 100 percent serving.

The C team lost 22-25, 20-25 on Friday. In another close and exciting match Saturday, the team lost 22-25, won 25-14 then lost 13-15.

Trowbridge said the young team worked well together, finished plays and served well.

Molly Bowen led the team with five kills and two aces and Hailey Hughes had three kills and two aces.

The Mariners played Skyview in Skyview on Tuesday.

They host the community Play Like Crazy Volleyball Tournament noon-5 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Alice Witte Challenge Alumni Match at 6:30 p.m.

Half of the proceeds from the tournament team sponsors and the gate collected at the Alumni Match will go towards the Alice Witte Volleyball Scholarship, awarded annually in honor of the late teacher and coach Alice Witte to a volleyball player to attend a summer volleyball camp outside.