Mustang spikers crush the competition at Chugiak Invite

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 15:22
  • Chugiak’s Sophia Lestina spikes past Soldotna’s Bailey Leach Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 during the Chugiak Invitational volleyball tournament at Chugiak High. The Mustangs won the tournament, defeating Bartlett in Saturday’s championship match. (Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen)
  • Chugiak’s Layla Beam battles Soldotna’s Carsen Brown Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 during the Chugiak Invitational volleyball tournament at Chugiak High. The Mustangs won the tournament, defeating Bartlett in Saturday’s championship match. (Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen)
  • Chugiak’s Kaitlyn Eastman, left, and Mazie Edwards defend against a Soldotna spike Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 during the Chugiak Invitational volleyball tournament at Chugiak High. The Mustangs won the tournament, defeating Bartlett in Saturday’s championship match. (Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen)
  • Chugiak’s Sophia Lestina goes up for a spike on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 during the Chugiak Invitational volleyball tournament at Chugiak High. The Mustangs won the tournament, defeating Bartlett in Saturday’s championship match. (Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen)

Talk about your home court advantage.

Chugiak dominated its own volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday, going 9-0 in pool play at the Chugiak Invitational before beating Palmer and Bartlett in back-to-back matches to claim the Gold Bracket championship.

Claire Schimmack had 20 assists and two aces in the championship match win over Bartlett on Saturday, while Sophia Lestina had 10 kills and Malia Mortensen notched 12 digs. Schimmack was named tournament MVP for the Mustangs, who finished 11-0.

The Mustangs finished pool play with average point differential of 10.78, the largest margin in the tournament. South — which went 8-1 in pool play but lost to Bartlett in the Gold semifinals — defeated Palmer to claim third place.

Chugiak returns to the court Tuesday, Aug. 29, for a 7:15 p.m. match at home against Service. That same night, Eagle River will host Bartlett, also at 7:15 p.m.

CHUGIAK INVITATIONAL

Order of finish:

1) Chugiak

2) Bartlett

3) South

4) Palmer

5) East

6) Colony

7) West Valley

8) Valdez

9) Grace Christian

10) Service

11) Soldotna

12) Wasilla

All tournament team — Julia Fetko, Service; Daisy Paige, East; Mystery Showalter, Palmer; Zoey Keene, South; Kamryn Broach, Wasilla; Kaylee MacDonald, Valdez; Pa’ia Togaga’e, Bartlett; Grace Salima, Grace Christian; Eva Heinrich, West Valley; Aliann Schmidt, Soldotna; Eve Stephens, Colony; Claire Schimmack, Chugiak (MVP)

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