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Junior outside hitter Katy Carter was on top of her game Thursday night in helping power North Medford to a Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball win over Crater at North Medford High.
Carter posted an impressive .520 hitting percentage with only one hitting error in 25 swings and finished with 14 kills and five digs to lead North Medford to a 27-25, 25-12, 25-16, 25-10 victory.
"She was pretty good for us tonight and really played well," North Medford head coach Erika Wright said of Carter's breakout outing.
Freshman outside hitter Emily Carter added 10 kills and the Black Tornado (10-8, 5-2 SOH) received a solid effort from seniors Emily Carlson, Telsche Munson and Ashley Smith. Carlson, a right side hitter, had nine kills, the setter Munson notched 28 assists, 12 digs and four aces and libero Ashley Smith added 25 digs and four aces.
Munson and Smith were especially pivotal from the service line to help North rebound from an opening-set loss to the Comets (8-11, 2-6). Wright said Crater's Katie Britton was especially successful in getting her team off balance with her topspin jump serve, and the Comets were relentless in coming up with digs.
"They're scrappy," said Wright. "They were digging balls up that would've gone down three weeks ago when we last played them. We were hitting some balls pretty hard and they were digging them up."
ASHLAND 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 2 — At Ashland, South Medford took advantage of Ashland's miscues in the first two sets but the Grizzlies regrouped to rattle off three straight wins to earn the nonconference win on senior night.
The match marked the fourth straight five-set match won by Ashland (11-7). The Grizzlies won 21-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-18, 15-10.
Ashland's Madeline Wallace had nine kills and six blocks and Maddie Douglas had a strong showing with seven kills, two aces and one block. Hope Baldrica added four blocks and four kills and setter Jordan Tilley, who finished with five aces, provided a spark in the second set and beyond to help set up the comeback.
For South Medford (7-12), Bree Polk had 12 kills, Claire Sporer added 12 kills and 10 digs and Brittney Cox had 10 kills and 10 digs. Setter Liz DeVaughn contributed 39 assists, five digs and three aces.
EAGLE POINT 3 GRANTS PASS 2 — At Eagle Point, junior outside hitter Brianna Shopp provided 11 kills and 19 digs as the Eagles improved their season record to 6-12 overall with a 25-18, 10-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-11 victory.
Seniors Hannah Morris and Mckinzee Parker combined for 28 assists for Eagle Point (6-12), which has won four of its last six matches.
Junior libero Kelly Brawner recorded 23 digs for the Eagles while sophomore defensive specialist Camryn Shumate tallied 12 digs.
PHOENIX 3, MAZAMA 0 — At Klamath Falls, Phoenix swept Mazama 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 to set up a matchup with Hidden Valley for the Skyline Conference Championship next Tuesday.
Freshman setter Karlie Richardson provided 12 assists for Phoenix (15-4, 8-1 SC), which also received 10 kills from freshman outside hitter Haleigh Wagman and 14 digs from sophomore libero Bailee Tally.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Murphy, Lacey Maynard had eight kills and 11 blocks and Chloe Lindgren added five kills and 11 blocks to power Hidden Valley to the 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 victory.
Megan Combe added eight kills and McKenzie Cushman had 28 assists for the Mustangs (12-5, 8-1 Skyline).
HENLEY 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Klamath Falls, Racyne Parker had nine kills, Alli Willhite added six digs and Jensen Haigh notched five blocks to lead Henley to the 25-17, 25-10, 28-26 triumph.
The Hornets improved to 7-10 overall and 5-4 in Skyline play.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, LAKEVIEW 1 — Cascade Christian wrapped up the Southern Cascade Hybrid title with a 26-28, 25-9, 25-22, 25-20 win over Lakeview.
Outside hitter Elise Gardner helped the Challengers (16-5, 7-0 SCH) take charge with 11 straight serves, including six aces, to start off the second game.
Also for Cascade, libero Courtney Case contributed 23 digs while outside hitter Karlee Britton added 13 kills.
ST. MARY'S 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — St. Mary's improved to 5-3 in league play and 9-9 overall with a 25-10, 25-22, 25-16 victory at St. Mary's High.
The win put the Crusaders a half-game ahead of Lakeview for second place in the SCH.