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EAGLE POINT — Katie Britton had 13 kills as Crater defeated Eagle Point in nonconference volleyball, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17.
"It was a really good match for us," Crater coach Jen Mendenhall said. "We started slow in the beginning of games, then once we got about to the halfway point we just kind of picked it up and went on a roll from there."
The Comets (3-4) rallied from three- to five-point deficits in the first and third sets.
"Ultimately," said Eagles coach Elizabeth Bilden, "it was a lot of mental errors. It was one of those situations where we'd be up by a couple and they would come back. It was just a lot of back-and-forth and back-and-forth. They were neck and neck with us for a long time and they were able to finish."
Paige Berriochoa had 11 kills and three blocks for Crater, and Megan Funderburk had nine kills and three blocks. Destiny Fahndrich added eight kills. Setter Nicole Davis had 39 assists and libero Maddie Layton 39 digs.
For Eagle Point (2-5), Kelly Brawner had 19 digs and Brianna Shopp 15. Hannah Morris had 11 assists and McKinzee Parker nine. Taylor Bidwell had eight kills and Kinsey Bradshaw six blocks.
ROSEBURG 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — At Roseburg, Anna Bruns had 13 kills and Kiana Cash 17 assists to lead Roseburg to a 25-11, 25-10, 25-12 Southern Oregon Hybrid win.
Stefenie Griggs added seven kills for the Indians, who improved to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in league. South Medford is 1-3 and 3-4.
Middle hitters Bree Polk and Molly Calhoun played well inside for the Panthers.
ASHLAND 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Ashland, Jordan Tilley's pinpoint serving sparked an eight-point rally in the first set and Ashland cruised from there in nonconference play.
Tilley, a sophomore setter, served four aces to help the Grizzlies (2-2) take a 24-13 lead in the first set, and finished with a team-high 21 assists and six kills as Ashland won, 25-14, 25-21, 25-20. Also for Ashland, Madeline Wallace had 10 kills on 17 attempts, and Phoebe Challman added 15 digs.
Grants Pass fell to 2-5.
PHOENIX 3, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Merlin, Ashlyn Flynn had 13 digs and eight kills and Haleigh Wagman nine kills as Phoenix opened Skyline play with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 win.
The Pirates (6-2, 1-0 Sky) got 17 digs from Bailey Tally, seven aces from Karlie Richardson and three blocks from Sydney Amundsen.
ST. MARY'S 3, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Nina Console's all-around effort and St. Mary's serving keyed the Crusaders' first SCH win, 25-19, 25-15, 25-12.
Console, a senior outside hitter and back-row setter, collected 13 kills, 11 assists and had five straight service points over sets two and three.
Hannah Graunke had an eight-point service run in the first set for the Crusaders (5-4, 1-0 SCH), who received two five-point streaks from Maddy Gregg. The Crusaders had 10 aces as a team
Hayley Tyus added nine digs for the Crusaders.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, BONANZA 2 — At Bonanza, Cascade Christian got all it could handle from Class 2A Bonanza, but the Challengers used a quick start in the fifth set to pull out a 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 15-6 nonconference win.
Junior outside hitter Karlee Britton amassed 18 kills while Madigan Smith, Elise Gardner and McKenzie Kelton provided nine kills apiece for the Challengers (4-4).
Four of Smith's nine kills came in the fifth set, which the Challengers finished on a 7-2 run.
Smith added five blocks while Cascade Christian setter Kayla Winter racked up 44 assists.
LOST RIVER 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Merrill, Lost River won the nonconference match, 25-16, 25-24, 25-8.
The Cougars (0-6) got 18 assists from Keyanna Augustadt, 16 from Clarabelle Compton and 11 from Alex LaFlamme. Setter Abby Miller played a fine all-around game.