Anchorage — Two-time defending champion South started strong in Wednesday's opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball championships at Service High, as did the rest of the top seeds.
Dimond, Chugiak and Bartlett joined the Wolverines in victory at the double-elimination tournament. West, East, Eagle River and Service all fell to the losers' bracket, where they will need to win five straight matches to claim the conference crown.
Top-seeded Dimond and second-seeded South have ruled the CIC in recent years, with South winning the last two CIC titles by beating the Lynx in the final match each time. Dimond last won a CIC title in 2008, third-seeded Chugiak won it in 2009, and fourth-seeded Bartlett last conquered the league in 1983.
South's win over seventh-seeded Eagle River was a 25-11, 25-18, 25-15 sweep led by senior setter Morgan Hooe's 25 assists.
Christa Leader powered the Wolverines' attack with 18 kills, and Lauren Hoffman and Holly Morehouse, each contributed eight kills.
Eagle River's Lucy Thomas delivered 22 digs and Morgen Wohrle came up with 19. Gabbi LeCates led the Wolves' offense with nine kills.
Dimond cruised past eighth-seeded Service 25-17, 25-10, 25-15, getting 10 assists and eight kills from Janelle Feller.
Aaliyah Lewis tossed in 22 digs for the Lynx, with Anastasia LaVern-Tosi dishing 14 assists and Leah Swiss hitting for nine kills.
Erin Hess led Service with 17 assists, and Brianna Toomer added five kills and 12 digs.
Chugiak lost the second set to sixth-seeded East, but managed to pull away for a 26-24, 15-25, 25-16, 27-25 win.
Chugiak's Rachel Gregg was tough at the net, generating 19 kills and eight blocks to go with Kirsten Veech's seven kills and 16 digs. Natalie Stark added five kills and four blocks for the Mustangs.
Morgan Hill belted a match-high 20 kills to lead East, and Nadia Frank-Macon banged 14 kills. Lauren Lauruhn's 21 digs paced the Thunderbirds' defense.
Wednesday's action began with fourth-seeded Bartlett sweeping fifth-seeded West 25-22, 25-20, 26-24.
West's Rebecca Jones totaled six kills, and Rita Dexter hit for five, with Diana Lobontiu notching five aces.
Action continues Thursday with four more matches, starting with a loser-bracket game between West and Service at 3 p.m.
CIC volleyball championship
Wednesday's first-round results
Bartlett 3, West 0
Chugiak 3, East 1
South 3, Eagle River 0
Dimond 3, Service 0
West vs. Service, 3 p.m.
East vs. Eagle River, 4:45 p.m.
Bartlett vs. Dimond, 6:30 p.m.
South vs. Chugiak, 8:15 p.m.
PREP BOYS HOCKEY
Service 8, Bartlett 0
Service blew away Bartlett 8-0 Wednesday at Ben Boeke Arena in the Cook Inlet Conference hockey opener for both teams.
The Cougars wasted no time gaining a solid advantage on first-period goals from Miles Giorgione, Tyler Miknich and Andrew Cummings to take 3-0 lead. They went up 4-0 through two periods on a goal from Howard Yawit.
Cummings notched assists on Service's first two goals and he scored a second goal in Service's four-goal third period. Miknich also finished with two assists, and Leo Karcz racked two goals in the final frame. Tyler Peters also scored in the third period.
Service goalie Dustin Fritz stopped nine shots in the shutout, and the Cougars unleashed 60 shots.