August 27, 2010

Sports : Defending champs return to court - Frontiersman

Sports : Defending champs return to court - Frontiersman

By Jeremiah Bartz
Published on Monday, August 23, 2010 9:47 PM AKDT

PALMER — Just as he did in each of his first 10 years at the helm of the Palmer volleyball program, head coach Steve Reynolds is entering the 2010 season with a few questions.

There are a few players who Reynolds can quickly ink into the starting lineup. But it may take time until he can pencil others in. Reynolds is still wondering how to replace a few of his valuable graduated seniors who helped Palmer win the 2009 Northern Lights Conference title, and is curious how his Moose will fare in the upcoming Chugiak Invitational.But Reynolds said there are also things the longtime Moose mentor is very confident about

“I really like this group as a whole,” Reynolds said Monday. “It’s a real nice, cohesive group.”

If Reynolds and the Moose aren’t able to find that perfect mesh immediately, Palmer shouldn’t panic. Last season, Palmer overcame a slow start, peaked at the end of the season and beat rival Colony for the NLC title.

Leading the charge this season is a group that includes senior outside hitter Kendal Venzke.“She does a lot of nice, quiet work,” Reynolds said. “She’s not a flashy player, but her whole game is real solid.”

Venzke is joined in the senior class by Chantel Grover. Setter Jenna Arlow, outside hitter Morgan Morfe and middle blocker Kalene Smith are juniors returning to the varsity squad.

Arlow earned a wealth of setting experience as a sophomore and will be the unquestioned court general this year, Reynolds said.“She’ll be our quarterback,” Reynolds said. “She’ll be running the show.”Junior middle blocker Kasara Brandenburg and junior setter Anna Koehn, who were promoted from the junior varsity squad before the NLC tourney last season, also return.

Palmer graduated a pair of first-team all-conference players in Nicole Cherrier and Brittany Arlow. Reynolds said it’s been difficult finding a replacement for Brittany Arlow, the team’s libero in 2009.“She’s a tough one to replace,” Reynolds said. “We’re trying out some different people.”Reynolds’ squad will have an opportunity to hit the court again this weekend during the Chugiak Invitational at Chugiak High School.

Palmer begins pool play in the Chugiak Invitational Friday at 2:50 p.m. against defending state champion Dimond.The Moose start the 2010 NLC season Sept. 3-4 at Kodiak.Contact Frontiersman sports editor Jeremiah Bartz at

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Palmer Jamboree

Sports : Moose sweep Houston to open regular season - Frontiersman

Sports : Moose sweep Houston to open regular season - Frontiersman

Published on Thursday, August 26, 2010 11:49 PM AKDT
PALMER — The Palmer Moose opened the 2010 season with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-6) win over the Houston Hawks Tuesday at Palmer High School.Junior Morgan Morfe led the Moose with seven kills, while senior Chantel Grover added six. Jenna Arlow collected 18 assists and six aces for Palmer.Samantha Dodds had a pair of kills for Houston.

Palmer is one of three Valley squads that hit the court for the Chugiak Invitational, starting today at Chugiak High School. Wasilla and Colony are also among a dozen teams competing in the two-day tournament.

August 23, 2010

Chugiak Invitational Info

Palmer Plays:
2:50 vs Dimond
4:30 vs Wasilla
6:10 vs Bartlett
7:50 vs Eagle River
9:30 vs South

Bracket Play:
Tournament scheduled to start at 9am with the last game starting at 2:00pm

August 19, 2010

Friday's Jamboree Schedule

Varsity - See Below

4:00 vs Colony
5:00 vs Wasilla
6:00 vs Houston

C-Team @ Wasilla
4:00 vs Colony
5:00 vs Wasilla
6:00 vs Houston

August 18, 2010

Varsity Jamboree Schedule

Day One: August 20

#1 Houston #2 Wasilla #3 Valdez #4 Palmer
#5 Colony #6 Grace #7 ACS #8 Cordova

Time Court 1 Court 2
2:30 1 V 2 (5) 3 V 4 (7)
3:00 5 V 6 (2) 7 V 8 (1)
3:30 2 V 4 (6) 1 V 3 (5)
4:00 6 V 8 (2) 5 V 7 (1)
4:30 5 V 4 (7) 1 V 8 (2)
5:00 7 V 3 (1) 2 V 6 (8)
5:30 1 V 5 (3) 8 V 4 (7)
6:00 3 V 6 (8) 7 V 2 (4)
6:30 7 V 1 (3) 4 V 6 (5)
7:00 3 V 8 (4) 5 V 2 (6)
7:30 4 V 1 (2) 6 V 7 (8)
8:00 2 V 3 (4) 8 V 5 (6)
8:30 4 V 7 (8) 6 V 1 (3)
9:00 8 V 2 (1) 3 V 5 (4)

Day 2:

Seeded after the first day. Play starts at 9:30am with the last game starting at 2:00pm.

August 13, 2010


If you haven't turned in your paperwork, physical and money. BRING IT TODAY!!!!

August 6, 2010

Info for Next Week

It was great to see you all at open gym this week. I hope you had a good time. Now moving into tryouts and the season, here is the information you will need:

Monday: Tryouts fresh/soph 2-4
Tryouts junior/senior 2-4

Tuesday: Tryouts fresh/soph 2-4
Tryouts junior/senior 4-6

Wednesday: Tryouts fresh/soph 2-4
Tryouts fresh/soph 4-6

Thursday: Cteam practice: 1:00-4:00
JV practice: 4:30-6:00
Varsity practice 4:00-6:00
6:00 Mandatory Parent meeting

Friday: Cteam practice 1:00-4:00
JV practice 4:30-6:30
Varsity practice 4:00-6:00

Saturday: Everyone: 3:30-5:30

Make sure you have your paperwork and money turned in. See you Monday.

August 1, 2010

Open Gym

Don't forget!

Open gym at PHS, Wednesday & Friday 6-8.

Bring anyone who likes to play volleyball!
"Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game."
Michael Jordan

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