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Usually, Sam Owirka is South Medford's hard-hitting finisher.
On Tuesday against Ashland, Miranda Marincus gladly took over the role with similar results.
Marincus had 16 kills and 18 digs, Owirka added 13 kills and 21 digs and the Panthers shook off a flat second set to trounce Ashland, 25-20, 14-25, 25-15, 25-16 on senior night at South Medford High School.
"(Marincus) just went for it today, and she was really excited when she found out how many kills she had," South Medford head coach Sarah Costa said.
The nonconference win was the fourth in a row for South Medford (11-8), while Ashland fell to 6-10.
Emily Cutting added 27 digs and four aces and Chandler Criswell 37 assists for the Panthers, who needed five sets to defeat Ashland back on Sept. 22.
This time, the Grizzlies were without starting setter Cassie Hall, and it showed.
"It's difficult mixing the chemistry up, and a different setter means different sets," Ashland head coach Robin Akpan said.
Hall's replacement, freshman Jordan Tilley, played well, finishing with 16 assists, 11 digs and two blocks, while Piper Cantrell added 41 digs and three kills. Shelby Minor had eight kills and Renee Lenthe six blocks.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, EAGLE POINT 1 — Defensive specialist Telsche Munson amassed 19 digs and libero Ashley Smith served point Nos. 18-22 in the final set as North Medford defeated visiting Eagle Point in nonconference play, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19.
Katy Carter had 14 kills and 16 digs and Caiti Barrie 11 kills and four blocks for the Black Tornado (13-6).
Emily Otoski had 11 digs, 41 assists and three aces in the win.
For Eagle Point (10-8), Whitney Barber had 13 kills and 19 digs, and Christine McCready registered 31 digs.
ROSEBURG 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, Roseburg took home the SOH sweep, winning 25-11, 25-14, 25-23.
Kelsey Frey had five kills and 15 digs and Alyssa Morris added 16 assists for Grants Pass (3-12, 2-5 SOH).
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 0 — At Murphy, Hidden Valley swept Phoenix 25-19, 25-12, 25-15 in Skyline Conference play.
Mia Alanez was 9-for-9 from the service line and Katie Strong 8-for-8 for the Pirates (7-11, 4-4 Sky).
Hidden Valley improved to 16-3 overall and 8-0 in league play.
NORTH VALLEY 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Klamath Falls, North Valley beat Klamath Union 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 in Skyline play.
The Knights improved to 8-9 overall and 4-4 in league play with the win.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ST. MARY'S 1 — Meghan Higday turned in 16 kills and Karlee Britton added 11 kills for Cascade Christian in the Challengers' 26-24, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23 Southern Cascade Hybrid win.
Elise Gardner and Mackenzie Kelton each offered nine kills, Haley Casebier had 40 assists and Courtney Case added 21 digs for the Challengers (12-3, 6-0 SCH). Cascade Christian nearly gave up a five-point lead late in the first game and then found itself in three more competitive sets in a back-and-forth affair.
Alexi Provost-Shean and Elizabeth Pentland both had eight kills and Provost-Shean added 20 digs for St. Mary's (11-6, 5-2 SCH). Nina Console registered 24 assists.
ROGUE RIVER 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Rogue River posted a 25-15, 25-8, 25-20 victory.
The Chieftains (1-11, 0-6 SCH) got 23 assists and two kills from sophomore Keyanna Augustadt and 18 assists from Meghan Householder. Freshman Alex Laflamme, up from the junior varsity, recorded 15 assists and two blocks.