Story last updated at 2:52 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2002

Sea Otters win Spike Fest
by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

Seldovia's Susan B. English School volleyball team showed up in Homer last weekend with only six members for the JV Spike Fest Volleyball Tournament. Following three match wins in which the Sea Otters did not drop a game, those six players walked off with the tournament hardware.

During the eight-team tournament, the Sea Otters knocked off the host Mariner junior varsity in the championship match, winning the best-of-five rally-scoring tilt in three games, 25-20, 25-17, 25-22.

Despite having no subs, Seldovia refused to be intimidated by the well-staffed teams from bigger schools, said coach Ila Dillon. In addition to beating the Mariners, Seldovia downed the junior varsities from Kenai (25-18, 25-8, 25 -8) and Chugiak (25-22, 25-14, 25-20).

"We were the little team that could," coach Dillon said.

Homer junior varsity coach Michelle Bayes said there was no shame in losing to a "very good" Seldovia team.

While the success of the Seldovia spikers might look like a Cinderella story, the Sea Otters are two-time defending Region IIA champs and bring excellent leadership from a pair of talented front-liners -- seniors Jaime Geagel and Amelia Dillon.

In addition to Geagel and Dillon, Coach Dillon also credited Paula Fernandes for her excellent defensive work.

"She had some excellent saves and really ran all over the court," coach Dillon said.

Ruby Mason, Emily Mickelson and Emily Haynes round out the Sea Otter squad.

The Mariners made the championship match by beating Homer Christian (25-14, 25-22, 25-6) and Ninilchik (25-23, 25-22, 17-25, 25-21).

Sepp Jannotta can be reached at sjannotta@homer