KODIAK — Poor serving put the Kodiak High School spikers in a bad spot as the girls gave up lots of unearned points during their Dig Pink fundraiser and penultimate home game against Palmer on Friday.
“We worked hard for side-outs to just turn it back with a missed serve. We also had some miscommunication on our serve receive, and that set us back in set five,” head coach Amy Willis said.
The Bears went 18-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-25 and 12-25 in the five Game match Friday. Though Bears also suffered a loss in the afternoon “Senior’s Night” match against Palmer the next day, they put on a stronger performance.
“Our serving was back on track, and Hallee Blair and Katie Banks anchored us with 100%. We hit better, dug better and blocked better,” Willis said. “At the end of Saturday’s match we were sad we lost, but felt confident in what we did right. Palmer has some powerful and quick hitters, and we know we can improve on our defense.”
The Bears had hoped to secure a third-place seed in the Northern Lights Conference Championships at Colony High School Thursday through Saturday. However, the pair of losses is likely to put them in fourth, Willis said, noting that the official standings will be made available today.
Heading into the championships, the girls are mentally in a good place, confirmed Willis.
“The team knows it is hard work to meet our goals, and we want to get the program back to the state tournament,” Willis said. “We will have to have at least three solid matches to do that. It is completely doable.”
The bear squad wasn’t a 100 percent coming into their final home games of the regular season: six varsity members were sick after the Bear’s tournament last weekend, Blair was recovering from a thumb sprain, and Madi Egdorf is only now back from a five week injury.
“We were happy have everyone at 100% for regions. I’m excited about what this team can do healthy,” Willis said. “If they do their jobs; support each other from the floor and the bench; we will be unstoppable.”