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ROSEBURG — The North Medford volleyball team executed its game plan on Thursday, but again, Roseburg found a way.
The Indians beat the Black Tornado 25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19 in North's Southern Oregon Hybrid finale.
With both of its conference losses coming against undefeated SOH champion Roseburg, the Black Tornado finished 13-7 overall and 6-2 in the SOH, good for second in the league. A win would have earned an SOH co-championship for North.
But all that matters to North head coach Erika Wright and the Black Tornado now is the Class 6A state tournament.
"We're excited that we are in the 32-team bracket for state," said Wright. "We earned our way in and we'll try to keep that positive in our heads."
Mariah Williams paced the Black Tornado with 13 kills and 10 digs and Caitlin Barrie chipped in with 10 kills. Setter Emily Otoski dished out 29 assists to go along with nine digs and a pair of kills, Katy Carter had seven kills and 14 digs and Elle Bixler added six blocks.
For Roseburg (22-4, 7-0 SOH), Anna Bruns finished with 10 kills and setter Vanessa Bentley added 24 assists.
"We struggled serving on pass-receive tonight," Wright said. "We were better this time than last time (we played Roseburg), but they served really tough and got us out of our system and we weren't able to terminate the ball as well as we would have liked."
EAGLE POINT 3, CRATER 0 — At Eagle Point, Eagle Point setter Carolina Regalado had 24 assists and Whitney Barber added nine kills in the 25-17, 25-12, 26-24 nonconference win.
Christine McCready recorded 23 digs and Amanda Kady turned in four stuffed blocks for the Eagles (11-8), who rallied from 24-21 deficit in the third set to prevail.
Crater dropped to 1-15.
ASHLAND 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Ashland, freshman setter Jordan Tilley provided a spark in Ashland's 25-13, 25-20, 25-12 nonconference win.
Tilley had 18 assists, three kills and five digs, Piper Cantrell 16 digs and five aces and Megan Rodden seven kills for the Grizzlies (7-10).
Grants Pass dropped to 3-13.
HENLEY 3, PHOENIX 1 — At Phoenix, Phoenix's hot start fizzled and Henley took advantage to grab a 20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-11 Skyline Conference triumph.
Freshman Bailee Tally provided an 11-for-11 effort from the service line to go with two aces and 12 digs for Phoenix (7-12, 4-5 Sky), while Baylee Toney logged five kills and 10 digs.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Merlin, Hidden Valley made quick work of North Valley in a 25-13, 25-14, 25-19 decision.
Elizabeth Venzon had nine kills and eight aces for the Mustangs (16-3, 9-0 Skyline Conference), who have already earned the league title.
Hidden Valley's Skylar Fate added eight kills and eight blocks and Amber Orchard picked up 16 digs.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, LAKEVIEW 0 — At Lakeview, Cascade Christian got after Lakeview early, setting the tone in its 25-11, 25-21, 25-19 Southern Cascade Hybrid victory.
The win wrapped up the league crown for the Challengers (13-3, 7-0 SCH), who finish out conference play against Illinois Valley on Tuesday.
Elise Gardner had 12 kills and Haley Casebier contributed 32 assists and four kills for the Challengers, who received seven kills from both Karlee Britton and Meghan Higday.
ST. MARY'S 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, St. Mary's defeated Illinois Valley 25-17, 25-8, 25-5 in Southern Cascade Hybrid play.
Senior Meghan Householder had 23 assists and senior Thea Barker-Cortrecht added 20 assists for the Cougars (1-12, 0-7 SCH).
The Crusaders improved to 12-7 overall and 6-2 in league play.
ROGUE RIVER 3, LOST RIVER 2 — At Rogue River, Kailin Honea had 18 assists and Alli Ehrhardt turned in 17 kills and five blocks for Rogue River in a 25-20, 14-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-8 nonconference win.
Sarah Segura recorded 11 kills and five blocks and Becky Goodboe went 13-for-13 from service line for the Chieftains, who were 92-of-96 serving on the night.
Rogue River (6-7) built a 23-17 lead in the fourth set before falling short. In the fifth, Kortney Moore rattled off four straight points from the service line and Honea tallied four more to give their team a 9-2 lead against Lost River (9-7).