Kodiak spikers begin crucial part of schedule tonight

Kodiak's Jeniffer Miranda hits the volleyball during a match against Kenai at Kodiak High School Oct. 8. (Derek Clarkston photo)

Kodiak’s volleyball team is entering the toughest stretch of its 2010 schedule.

Today and Saturday the Bears travel to Wasilla for a pair of Northern Lights Conference matches. Kodiak follows that with home NLC matches against Colony next weekend.

“It’s a good test to see where we are at,” Kodiak coach Rick Carman said.

The Warriors are 6-0 in NLC play, while the Bears sit at 3-3.

“They are probably one of the better teams in the conference and one we want to play well against,” Carman said.

Kodiak lost two sets against Wasilla at the West Spiketacular Tournament three weeks ago. However, Carman said they were close games.

Carman said the Warriors are primarily a jump-serving team, which has helped them stay undefeated in the NLC.

“They have a very strong serving crew,” he said. “They tend to get a lead and work with it. That is going to be one of our goals, to make sure we can serve receive.”

Carman said the Warriors usually get around 12 service aces per match.

To help the team adjust to Wasilla’s topspin serves, he has been serving to them in practice.

Kodiak eliminated Wasilla from the NLC Tournament last season.

The Bears’ Oct. 22 match against Colony is designated a Dig Pink match — a breast cancer awareness rally for the Side-out Foundation.

This is the second year Kodiak has done a Dig Pink match. Last year, the team raised more than $4,000 for the foundation. The goal this year is $3,000.

The team has already pre-sold 271 pink shirts — 146 more than last year.

Swimming

Kodiak’s swimming team is also in the Mat-Su Valley this weekend, participating in the Palmer Invitational at Palmer High School.

Kodiak won both the boys and girls team titles last season.

This is the Bears’ final meet of the regular season before hosting the Region III meet on Oct. 29.

Mirror writer Derek Clarkston can be reached via e-mail at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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