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PHOENIX — Phoenix started fast and never let up in a straight-set victory against Skyline Conference volleyball foe Henley Tuesday.
The Pirates registered their seventh victory in eight league matches with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 home win.
"We had control of the whole match and played at our tempo," said Phoenix coach Shonda Bursk. "We were aggressive with our serving and hit the seams. They couldn't get a good pass."
The Pirates (14-4, 7-1 Sky) served at 89 percent, with eight aces.
Junior setter Ashlyn Flynn paced Phoenix with 15-for-16 serving and four aces.
Haleigh Wagman, a freshman outside, sparked the Pirates' front line with 10 kills and junior middle Baylee Toney added five.
"(Wagman) is super smart and doesn't make many errors at all," said Bursk. "She puts the ball where it needs to be."
Delanie Tally, a senior setter, provided 13 assists and libero Bailee Tally had 12 digs.
NORTH VALLEY 3, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Merlin, Karley Hook deposited 21 kills and Kenzie Schmoll produced 27 digs as North Valley won 25-13, 25-19, 23-25, 25-12.
The Knights (5-10, 3-5 Sky) received 21 assists and 11 aces from Lacey Lacrosse.
Klamath Union dropped to 1-13, 1-7.
ROSEBURG 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — Claire Sporer had eight kills and 10 digs in South Medford's 25-22, 25-12, 25-15 loss in the SOH.
Brittney Cox turned in four kills and 10 digs, Bri Fidow four kills and Molli Calhoun three kills for the Panthers (7-11, 2-6 SOH). Grace Sporer added 21 digs and Liz DeVaughn 22 assists against Roseburg.
CRATER 3, EAGLE POINT 2 — At Central Point, Crater finished off a tough nonconference match with an ace by Kelsey Strouse, winning 23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 17-15.
Strouse, a sophomore setter, had three aces and 33 assists for the Comets (7-10).
Destiny Fahndrich had 14 kills against the Eagles (5-12), while Maddie Layton added 27 digs, Kelli Gray 14 digs and Melanie Dengler five aces.
ASHLAND 3, GRANTS PASS 2 — At Grants Pass, Ashland registered a 23-25, 25-17, 25-15, 23-25, 15-8 nonconference victory.
The Grizzlies got strong net play from outside hitter Shelby Minor (16 kills) and sophomore middle hitter Hope Baldrica (nine kills, six blocks).
Jordan Tilley, Ashland's sophomore setter, dished out 39 assists to go with five aces and four kills.
For Grants Pass (5-11), Haylee Rose scooped 39 digs, while the Caver front line of Emily Henderson, Amy Robinson and Caylee Simson combined for 37 kills.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ST. MARY'S 2 — Cascade Christian moved within one match of winning the SCH title with a hard-fought, 26-24, 17-25, 19-25, 25-13, 16-14 victory over rival St. Mary's.
The Challengers (15-5, 6-0 SCH) have a two-match lead on second-place Lakeview with two to play. The two meet Thursday at Cascade Christian.
Sophomore Paige Bruce put the match against St. Mary's (8-9, 4-3) away with an ace for the final point of the fifth set.
Challengers setter Kayla Winter amassed 55 assists and 17 digs in her best match. Karlee Britton added 25 kills, Elise Gardner had 15 kills and 13 digs and Courtney Case 15 digs.
For the Crusaders, Nina Console recorded nine kills, Hannah Graunke had seven and Olivia Boucher made seven blocks.
ROGUE RIVER 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1 — At Rogue River, Rogue River passed well in posting a 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 25-11 home victory.
Darby Gibson paced the Chieftain front line with 11 kills and libero Kortney Moore did an excellent job digging.
Natalie Watkins had 11 service winners in the fourth game to nail down the victory for Rogue River (2-13, 2-5 SCH).
Illinois Valley fell to 0-13 and 0-6 in league.