By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Lady 'Hawks take flight in Homer

Seward spikers finish 2nd at Homer Jamboree

 

August 24, 2017 | View PDF

Tommy Wells

Seward senior Maille Moriarty celebrates with her teammates after the Lady Seahawks scored a point on Saturday during pool play at the Homer Jamboree.

HOMER – The Seward High School Lady Seahawks kicked off their 2017 volleyball campaign with a stellar performance this past weekend. Backed by the play of Maille Moriarty and Coral Petrosius, the Lady Seahawks powered their way to a second-place finish at the Homer Jamboree on Saturday.

"We did great," said Seward head coach Jodi Kurtz. "The last game there was a little tough because we kind of lost our focus a little bit, but this is a new team and this is a new rotation. They did really good."

Seward dominated the 4-team, round-robin tournament in Saturday's pool play stage. The Lady Seahawks claimed a berth in the tournament's championship game by winning pool play action with a 6-1 record. The top two teams in the pool play standings advanced to the finals, while the third- and fourth-place teams competed for third-place.

Seward opened pool play by sweeping a pair of games from Soldotna, 22-20 and 21-19. From there, they swept Kenai Central 21-16 and 21-11 and then split a pair of games with Homer, 19-21 and 21-12.

Soldotna finished pool play in a tie with Homer for second. The Stars advanced to the finals via a tie-breaking point differential.

Seward struggled to get its offense going in the finals. Soldotna opened Game 1 with a quick 8-4 run. They tacked on a 10-3 run in the ensuing minutes and ballooned their lead to 18-7.

"They're going to have those moments and they just experienced one of them," said Kurtz. "We'll learn from that."

The Lady Seahawks managed to hold their own against Soldotna in Game 2. Keyed by solid play at the net by Coral Petrosius and Maille Moriarty, Seward battled the Stars to a 9-9 deadlock before Soldotna managed to put together a 3-1 run that broke the game open.

Tommy Wells

Ashley Jackson lifts a ball into the air during the Lady Seahawks' outing on Saturday in Homer. Seward finished second in the 4-team tournament.

Seward cut the Stars' lead to two twice in the ensuing minutes but was unable to slow Soldotna's run.

Kurtz said she was pleased with her team's determination

"They stayed up there," she said. "We just need to communicate a little better."

Petrosius said the team wasn't devastated by the loss to Soldotna in the finals, noting the tournament was the first time the team had a chance to play as a group against live competition.

"It was definitely new," she said. "It's been a year since we played in a tournament so we are kind of getting back into a groove. I think we surprised ourselves with how good we did. Now we know what we need to fix and we have enough confidence in ourselves to do that and get better."

Seward will return to action this weekend when they compete in the Nikiski tournament.

 

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