Chugiak falls to Dimond in battle of CIC volleyball powers

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 17:18
  • Chugiak’s Sophia Lestina makes a last-ditch attempt to kick the ball as her teammates look on during the Mustangs’ 3-0 Cook Inlet Conference volleyball loss to Dimond on Friday, Sept. 7 at Chugiak High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Claire Schimmack sets the ball during the Mustangs’ 3-0 Cook Inlet Conference volleyball loss to Dimond on Friday, Sept. 7 at Chugiak High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

A highly anticipated showdown between unbeaten Cook Inlet Conference volleyball powers ended in disappointment for the large crowd that packed the Chugiak High gym to watch Dimond roll to a 3-0 win over the host Mustangs.

The Mustangs gave the student section plenty to cheer about early in the match, going up 14-10 in the first game and causing Dimond coach Kim Lauwers to call timeout. But it was all Dimond after that, as the Lynx improved to 5-0 in the CIC with a 25-20, 25-9, 25-14 win. Dimond is currently ranked No. 9 in the USA Today Region 10 rankings, which includes teams from Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Sophia Lestina had 10 kills and 12 digs for the Mustangs (4-1 CIC), who got 14 digs from Reyna Moore and nine digs (and three aces) from Kaitlyn Eastman.

Chugiak plays at Bartlett and Eagle River is at Service on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Bartlett at 7 p.m.

Chugiak knocks off Knights

Chugiak got 14 kills and 11 digs from Lestina to key a come-from-behind 3-1 nonconference high school volleyball match over Colony Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Chugiak.

After dropping the opening set, the Mustangs roared back for 25-16, 25-15, 25-19 wins to close out the Knights. Isabelle Kaltschnee had nine kills and two aces for the Mustangs, who also got 31 assists and 12 digs from Claire Schimmack.

Upcoming matches:

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Chugiak at Bartlett, 7 p.m.

Eagle River at Service, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14

Chugiak at West Spiketacular at West, TBD

Saturday, Sept. 15

Eagle River at Kent (Wash.), TBD

Chugiak at West Spiketacular at West, TBD

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