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GRANTS PASS — The Grants Pass volleyball team topped South Medford 26-24, 18-25, 25-17, 25-23 in Southern Oregon Hybrid action on Tuesday.
Claire Sporer paced the Panthers with 11 kills, while Molli Calhoun recorded 10 kills on just 18 swings.
Bree Polk turned in eight kills, Liz DeVaughn 43 assists and Grace Sporer 38 digs and four aces for South, which couldn't find its rhythm after a close first game and a victory in the second set.
"We thought that game (two) could kind of pick us up and send us on our way, and it just didn't happen," South Medford head coach Sarah Costa said.
The Panthers (5-9, 2-5 SOH) and Crater Comets (6-9, 2-5 SOH) are now tied for third place in the league standings, with Grants Pass (5-9, 2-4 SOH) in last place. The top three squads in the five-team SOH automatically qualify for the 32-team state bracket, while the other two squads must compete in state play-in games.
ROSEBURG 3, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Roseburg remained unbeaten in the SOH at 6-0 with a 25-18, 25-14, 25-12 victory.
For Crater (6-9, 2-5 SOH), junior libero Baylee Ullom had nine digs and senior defensive specialist Maddie Layton notched eight. Sophomore setter Kelsey Strouse made 12 assists, and junior middle Megan Funderburk had five kills.
ASHLAND 3, NORTH MEDFORD 2 — Senior outside Shelby Minor had 13 kills and two aces to lead Ashland in a 25-22, 13-25, 12-25, 25-23, 15-13 win over North Medford in nonleague play.
Madeline Wallace had five kills, including the team's 14th point in the fifth and deciding set, and two blocks for the Grizzlies (7-5). Amanda Wurzell turned in 13 digs and Phoebe Challman added nine digs, three kills and two aces.
Freshman outside hitter Emily Carter recorded 18 kills and two aces and Emily Carlson added 12 kills and two blocks for North (8-7), which beat Ashland in five games on Sept. 13.
Elle Bixler had 11 kills and two blocks, Katy Carter nine kills, 11 digs and two aces and Ashley Smith 18 digs for the Black Tornado, which was hurt by 18 service errors.