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EAGLE POINT — With its starting libero out due to a concussion, North Medford inserted junior outside hitter Katy Carter at the position.
Carter responded with 31 digs and three aces as the Black Tornado (9-7) pulled out a wild nonconference victory over Eagle Point, 17-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20, 15-12.
"I was really impressed (with Eagle Point) from the last time we played them until now," said North Medford head coach Erika Wright. "They were significantly better."
Down two sets to zero, Wright was undaunted.
"I never have the girls focus on the big picture," she said. "If you can make the game go your way and play point-for-point, then you can make things happen."
Senior outside hitter Emily Carlson led North Medford with 17 kills and 13 digs, and senior setter Telsche Munson contributed 44 assists and 13 digs.
"We just couldn't get to the last set," said Eagles coach Elizabeth Bilden, whose team dropped to 5-11. "We had them the first two."
Hannah Morris recorded 23 assists for the Eagles, and Taylor Bidwell led the team with nine kills. Kelly Brawner notched 21 digs, and Brianna Shopp and Kaya Hoag each had six kills.
ASHLAND 3, CRATER 2 — At Ashland, Shelby Minor had six of her 17 kills in the fifth set during a monster match for the senior outside hitter as Ashland edged Crater, 21-25, 25-21, 25-15, 24-26, 15-6, in nonleague play.
Minor, who didn't commit a hitting error, also registered 18 digs and two aces.
In the fifth set, Maddie Douglas served six points for the Grizzlies (8-5). She also had eight digs, two aces and three kills.
Ashland middle hitter Madeline Wallace posted 13 kills and three blocks, and Hope Baldrica added six kills and three blocks.
ROSEBURG 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Roseburg, Anna Bruns had nine kills and Stefenie Griggs eight as Roseburg won the SOH contest, 25-10, 25-13, 25-7.
Kiana Cash had an outstanding serving match, racking up nine aces for the Indians (21-3, 7-0 SOH). Grants Pass fell to 5-10 and 2-5.