• Zoia Basargin named to Grizzly All-Tournament Team
By Sean Pearson
Homer High School Volleyball continued to show improvement over the weekend with a seventh-place finish at the 12-team Grace Christian Lady Grizzly Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.
The Lady Mariners warmed up for the tourney with a Thursday conference thrashing of the Houston Hawks in three games.
Hailey Hughes was named “Player of the Night” by her team.
“Hailey came out of dormancy that game,” said Acting Head Coach Lisa Fellows. “She blocked, she dug, she attacked and served. She did it all.”
In Friday’s tournament pool play, Homer beat Seward 2-1 in the first round, then lost 2-0 to Kodiak. They went on to beat Houston 2-1, before losing to Valdez 2-0.
“We have a very talented team this year with strong hitters, blockers and servers,” Fellows said. “They went into the tournament knowing they had the skills to compete against these high-powered schools, and they didn’t let me down.”
Fellows said Kodiak was expected to be tough, as they had just played Dimond High School in the championship game of the West Spiketacular Tournament a couple of weeks ago.
The Lady Bear’s took the Grizzly Tourney by beating Grace Christian in the finals.
Fellows commended her lady M’s for their tenacity, noting that they earned more points against Kodiak on Friday than any other team.
“Their serves, hits, blocks and defense against Kodiak were amazing,” she said.
On their second day of play, the Lady Mariners started play at the bottom of the bracket, but quickly fought to beat Seward for the first time this year.
“We lost to Kodiak again, but then we went three games with Valdez,” Fellows said. “We ended up losing by two in the third game.”
Valdez went on to place fourth overall.
Fellows said she saw fierce attacks from Zoia Basargin, Tayla Cabana, Jane Rohr and Larsen Fellows, as well as some amazing quick-set attacks and blocks from Kyla Pitzman.
Defensive specialists Maggie Koplin and Brenna Evarts tried their hands at a few back-row attacks, and Mcki Needham and Larsen Fellows served many consecutive aces.
Basargin was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Coach Fellows said there wasn’t any one player who stood out in the weekend’s play.
“Their greatest accomplishment was their ability to seamlessly play as a team, relying on each other to make the plays,” she said. “At one point, I heard someone in the crowd ask, ‘Who is that team? They are great.’ That made my day.”
The ongoing rivalry between the Lady Mariners and the Lady Seahawks continues this Saturday in Seward.
The Lady M’s play at home again on Oct. 25, when they host Anchorage Christian School at 6:30 p.m. Their last home game of the season is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Post-season play gets underway Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Regional Tournament held at Seward High School this year.
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