Kodiak High School volleyball seniors

Kodiak High School volleyball seniors, from left, Katie Banks, Madelaine Egdorf, Kateleen Sofranes, Kathryn Carstens, and Kyla Nocon prepare for their last home games Friday and Saturday.

KODIAK — This weekend will be the final home appearances for Kodiak High School seniors Kathryn Carstens, Madelaine Egdorf, Kyla Nocon, Katie Banks and Kateleen Sofranes as the Bears face off against Palmer in their last Northern Lights Conference regular season matches.

The Bears sit in fourth place in the region with a conference record of 2-4. However, a win against Palmer in matches on Friday and Saturday will push them up to third place, giving them a better start in Northern Lights Conference Championships at Colony High School on Nov. 1-3.

“We have struggled this season, injury and illness have kept us from being at 100 percent for the second half of our season,” head coach Amy Willis said on Wednesday. “We are looking forward to being at our best for the region tournament next week.”

The regional tournament will see Kodiak, Palmer, Wasilla, Colony and Soldotna vying for three state berths.

“Teams that have beaten us in regular play, we have beat in tournaments. So I think our region is pretty even this year. It could be anyone heading to state,” Willis said.

KHS volleyball has qualified for the State Tournament seven of the last eight seasons.

Though the Bears will honor their seniors Saturday, on Friday, they will be raising awareness — and money — for breast cancer research through the national Dig Pink program. The team will be selling T-shirts, as well as holding a dessert auction as fundraisers.

“Kodiak is a generous community. National statistics show that one in eight girls will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime,” Willis said. “If it isn’t them, it could be a mother, sister, aunt or grandma. Or even a grandpa – men are not immune to the disease.  We will have a person onsite sharing information about this terrible disease.”

The last few years the Bears have donated money raised to local families dealing with cancer, Willis said.

“We have picked a family with KHS ties to receive the funds this year,” Willis said.

The first game this weekend is slated for 4 p.m. for the C-team, 5 p.m. for junior varsity and 6:30 p.m. for varsity.

Saturday will be served up earlier in the day with the C-team taking to the court at 10:00 a.m., junior varsity at 11:30 p.m. and varsity at 1:30 p.m., with senior recognition at about 1:10 p.m.

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