Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
After what South Medford's coach termed a lackluster performance its previous time out, the Panthers played an inspired match and defeated Grants Pass Thursday in Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball, 26-24, 25-11, 25-16.
South Medford (2-2, 1-2 SOH) was coming off a loss to Crater on Tuesday.
"There wasn't as much encouragement going on tonight," said Panthers coach Sarah Costa. "It was more technical work. It was very businesslike, almost like a job. They came to work, did their work and got it done."
In just three sets, junior setter Liz Devaughn amassed 36 assists and kept the South Medford offense in motion.
Devaugh helped set up above-the-net opportunities for Brittney Cox and Bree Polk. Cox, a senior outside hitter, racked up 14 kills while Polk, a senior middle hitter, went for eight kills and three aces.
The Sporer twins, Grace and Claire, carried South Medford's defense. Grace Sporer had 25 digs and Claire Sporer chipped in 23 digs and six kills.
Grace Sporer also had three aces for the Panthers, who had eight aces against just seven hitting errors.
Panthers middle hitter Molli Calhoun pitched in six kills.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, ASHLAND 2 — At Ashland, North Medford scored seven of the last 10 points to smother Ashland's comeback bid in a 25-16, 25-17, 11-25, 17-25, 15-11 nonconference win at Mountain Avenue Gym.
Freshman middle Emily Carter, filling in because of injury, racked up 16 kills for the Black Tornado (3-1). Junior outside hitter Katy Carter notched 10 kills and 11 digs, and senior outside hitter Emily Carlson had 10 kills and five digs. Senior libero Ashley Smith contributed 25 digs and five aces.
Shelby Minor had 20 kills to lead the Grizzlies (0-2), who tied the match at 8-8 in the fifth set and trailed 13-11 before the Black Tornado finished strong.
Also for the Grizzlies, Madeline Wallace had seven blocks and three aces, Phoebe Challman six kills and 25 digs and Amanda Wurzell 25 digs. Ashland setter Jordan Tilley was credited with 36 assists.
ROSEBURG 3, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Roseburg cruised to a 25-11, 25-11, 25-16 SOH victory.
Anna Bruns had seven kills for the Indians (5-2, 2-0 SOH), Pele Gianotti had five and Gabby Kearney, Vanessa Bentley and Stefanie Griggs four each.
EAGLE POINT 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Eagle Point, junior middle Kinsey Bradshaw amassed eight kills and seven blocks to lead Eagle Point to a 25-15, 25-18, 25-9 nonconference win.
Taylor Bidwell had seven kills, while Kelly Brawner had 12 digs, Brianna Shopp nine and Neeshaa Garcia seven for the Eagles (2-1).
Setters McKinzee Parker had 13 assists and Hannah Morris added seven.
DOUGLAS 3, NORTH VALLEY 1 — At Winston, Douglas posted a 25-17, 25-19, 19-25, 25-17 nonconference victory.
For North Valley (1-3), Kenzie Schmoll had 27 digs and five aces, while Madison Stedemiller contributed 12 kills and seven blocks.
Karley Hook added nine kills, and Lacey LaCosse and Kady Kantola played fine all-around games for the Mustangs.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, PHOENIX 0 — Katelyn Smith went on a long service run in the third set and Karlee Britton had nine kills as host Cascade Christian won the nonconference game.
Smith served the Challengers (2-2) from a 5-3 lead to a 16-3 advantage in the final set. Her sister, Madigan, and Elise Gardner each had seven kills, and Kayla Winter 30 assists.
For Phoenix (1-1), Ashlyn Flynn had nine kills and Haleigh Wagman seven while Delanie Tally and Karlie Richardson both had eight assists.
SUTHERLIN 3, ST. MARY'S 1 — Sutherlin dominated at the net and picked up a 25-15, 25-15, 19-25, 25-17 victory at St. Mary's.
Nina Console accumulated seven kills, seven digs, three blocks and a pair of aces for the Crusaders (3-5), and Gio Gio Dentoni and Dakotah Rothfus recorded 16 digs and three kills apiece.
PROSPECT 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Prospect, its strength at the service line guided Prospect to a 25-11, 25-16, 25-10 nonconference triumph over Illinois Valley.
Senior setter Heather Lass registered 20 assists and led the Cougars' passing attack with six aces.
Alee Pinkerton, Chloe Zelnar and Halee Hedgepeth each had six kills for the Cougars (4-0).