Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
North Medford wrapped up Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball with a 25-8, 25-18, 25-16 nonconference win over visiting Ashland Tuesday.
The Black Tornado (14-7) finished second to Roseburg in league play and advances to the playoffs. Its opponent has yet to be determined. Ashland dropped to 7-12.
On senior night, North Medford was consistent and efficient.
"We're working really hard to push ourselves to the next level so we're ready to go when the playoffs come around," said Black Tornado coach Erika Wright. "The girls responded. You never know what it's going to be like on senior night. You picture it and you tell the girls what you'd like it to be like, and tonight they went out and performed."
Sophomore outside hitter Katy Carter was a picture of consistency. She had eight kills and seven digs and didn't have a hitting error.
"It's really difficult for a high school player to go without making any hitting errors," said Wright, "especially for an outside who sees the ball quite a bit."
Senior middle blocker Caitlin Barrie led North Medford with 11 kills. Junior right-side hitter Emily Carlson had six kills and two blocks, and senior setter Emily Otoski had 29 assists.
GRANTS PASS 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 2 — At Grants Pass, South Medford libero Emily Cutting finished with 36 digs, but Grants Pass won the last five points to tie the Panthers in the final SOH standings.
South Medford fell to 11-9, 3-5 in SOH play; Grants Pass improved to 4-13 and 3-5.
ROSEBURG 3, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Roseburg finished the SOH season undefeated with a 25-11, 27-25, 25-11 sweep of Crater (1-15, 0-8 SOH).
Crater setter Emily Lile had 19 assists, Melanie Dengler recorded five aces and Amanda Hill added 11 digs against the Indians (23-4, 8-0 SOH).
PHOENIX 3, MAZAMA 2 — At Phoenix, sophomore setter Ashlyn Flynn had nine kills and five aces and sophomore outside hitter Hailey Wyncoop added 10 kills as Phoenix's 25-18, 25-27, 18-25, 25-18, 15-8 victory, coupled with North Valley's loss, allowed the Pirates (8-12, 5-5 Skyline) to clinch third place in the Skyline.
Also for Phoenix, senior middle Adrienne Gordon had four kills and four aces, and sophomore middle Baylee Toney had nine kills.
Mazama fell to 7-12, 3-7 in league play.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Murphy, Hidden Valley rolled to a 25-3, 25-14, 25-3 Skyline win.
Bailey Bars knocked home the 1,000th kill of her career and finished with five on the night for the Mustangs (26-4, 10-0 Sky).
Skylar Fate had nine kills and Elizabeth Venzon added seven aces for Hidden"ˆValley.
HENLEY 3, NORTH VALLEY 2 — At Klamath Falls, Henley edged North Valley, 25-12, 23-25, 25-15, 23-25, 15-7, in Skyline play.
For North Valley (9-12, 4-6 Sky), Stacy Kozaczuk had 13 kills and 14 blocks and Shelby Stevens added 10 kills and 26 digs. Libero Kenzie Schmoll tallied 34 digs and Hannah Zyirek offered up 27 assists against the Hornets (17-7, 8-2 Sky).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — Cascade Christian's Karlee Britton was stellar from the service line, going 38-for-39 with eight aces, and Meghan Higday recorded 12 kills to help beat Illinois Valley 25-12, 25-7, 25-5.
The SCH-champion Challengers capped an undefeated league season at 8-0. They are 16-4 overall.
Britton rattled off 16 straight serves in the second game, including five of her aces, and then 14 serves to end the third set against the Cougars (1-13-1, 0-8 SCH).
Haley Casebier finished with 21 assists and three blocks, and Kayla Winter had six aces for CC.
Abby Miller had 38 assists and Thea Barker-Cortrecht added 15 for IV.
ST. MARY'S 3, CHILOQUIN 0 — St. Mary's downed Chiloquin, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20, in nonconference play to wrap up the regular season.
Alexi Provost-Shean recorded 11 kills, four blocks and three aces and Alden Caldwell served six straight points in Game 1, four in Game 2 and three in Game 3 for the Crusaders (15-7-1).
Liz Pentland had eight kills and Alex DeBoer added four kills and two blocks against Chiloquin (5-12-1).
ROGUE RIVER 3, LAKEVIEW 1 — At Rogue River, Alli Ehrhardt had 19 kills and four blocks, Kailin Honea had 17 assists and four aces and Rogue River (8-8, 3-5 SCH) won for the fourth time in its last five matches, 25-22, 25-23, 17-25, 25-19, to tie Lakeview for third place in league.
The two teams will play a tiebreaker Thursday to determine which team will take on second-place St. Mary's for a trip to the state playoffs.
Also for the Chieftains, Sarah Segura had nine kills and Emma Angeletti five blocks.
Lakeview (5-12-1) has lost five of its last six matches.