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Story last updated at 4:28 PM on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lady Mariners face Colony Saturday

By Angelina Skowronski

After some down time, the Lady Mariner volleyball team is back in action with some upcoming back-to-back games. Last weekend the girls had a 4-6 record at the Grace Tournament against 12 schools across the state.

"After having a couple of weeks off, it was good to have the opportunity to put into play some of the things we had been practicing on, such as speeding up our offense and getting more accurate on our blocking," said Head Coach Beth Trowbridge.

The Mariners had some tough competition with Monroe, Grace and Kodiak all being strong schools in the league. The girls placed sixth overall in the tournament.

"I thought our blocking and overall defensive play was very good most of the weekend. The girls were comfortable running some of the plays we had been working on and had some successes with them," said Trowbridge.

Brooke De Vaney was highlighted to make the 12 member All-Tournament team. De Vaney had the team high of 25 kills with a 16 percent kill efficiency, one solo block and six block assists. She also had the team high of 13 service aces, a 92 serving percentage, and 15 digs.

Other stellar performances were by Zoia Basargin, who ended the weekend with 16 kills with a 23 percent kill efficiency, two solo blocks and eight blocking assists, and Lauren Cashman, who had 16 digs, eight service aces with a 98 percent serving percentage and 57 setting assists.

Kayla Hutt had a great weekend at the net as the team's other middle hitter with 12 kills, an 11 percent kill efficiency and the team high of nine solo blocks and nine block assists. Katie McNary led the team in serve receive passing at 85 percent and helped out on defense with 12 digs. Cayenna Anderson had a strong serving weekend with five service aces and a 95 percent serving percentage.

"As we roll into a week of some tough conference competition, we are hoping to approach each match up with confidence and play at the level that we are capable of playing. We will be working on reducing our unforced errors while playing aggressively and with heart," said Trowbridge.

The Lady Mariners' will play on their home court this weekend against Colony. Game times are a 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.