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ASHLAND — Ashland turned offensive in the first of two volleyball meetings with rival Eagle Point Tuesday, winning the matchup of Southern Oregon Hybrid 5A teams, 25-11, 25-10, 25-12.
The two teams — the only ones in the league — meet again Oct. 3 in Eagle Point.
"Eagle Point is our 5A competition here in the valley," said Grizzlies coach Robin Akpan. "So it was very exciting for us to come in and stay so focused and sweep them. We'll compete against them at least one more time this season, so it was nice starting it off like that on such a positive note."
Ashland, which visits North Medford on Thursday, evened its season record at 1-1.
Aggressive serving and strong offensive play characterized Ashland Tuesday. The Grizzlies were paced by junior setter Jordan Tilley and junior middle blocker Hope Baldrica.
"Tonight we were very offensive-minded," said Akpan. "This is only our second game. If you look at the scoring, quite a bit of it was off serves and off our attacking, so there wasn't much defense that was even played tonight."
Tilley had 25 assists and five aces. She served 25 times in the match. In the first set, she propelled Ashland to a 7-0 lead, and three of her aces came during the run.
"She's got a really nice jump serve," said Akpan. "She's a very competitive gal, so she definitely goes after the passers."
Baldrica, a junior middle blocker, had 11 kills and three blocks. Senior outside hitter Hannah Borgerson added five kills, six digs and a block.
Eagle Point dropped to 0-3.
Southern Oregon Hybrid
ROSEBURG 3, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — At Roseburg, North Medford held a 22-18 lead in the second set but couldn't finish off Roseburg as the Indians rallied to sweep the Southern Oregon Hybrid affair, 25-10, 25-23, 25-14.
Sophomore outside hitter Emily Carter led the Black Tornado (1-1 SOH) with six kills and 12 digs, while freshman Ashley Ripplinger had five kills. North also got 11 digs from senior outside Keisha Williams and 10 digs from senior libero Katy Carter.
PHOENIX 3, ST. MARY'S 0 — At Phoenix, Phoenix used a balanced attack to cruise to a 25-16, 25-23, 25-17 nonleague victory.
Hailey Wyncoop, Adriana Mereida-Ford and Baylee Toney all had seven kills for the Pirates (2-0).
Sydney Amundsen recorded five kills and four blocks, Ashlyn Flynn six digs and two aces and Karlie Richardson 44 assists.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Murphy, Class 4A Hidden Valley downed 6A Grants Pass, 25-22, 25-18, 25-19, in nonleague action.
Middle Chloe Lindgren had eight kills and eight blocks, outside hitter Taylor Larson seven kills and 21 digs and setter McKenzie Cushman 25 assists and six aces for the Mustangs (5-0).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, NORTH VALLEY 0 — Karlee Britton had seven kills and Paige Bruce 18 digs and four aces for host Cascade Christian in the 25-23, 25-16, 25-17 nonconference match.
Trudy Burns added six kills and three aces, and Madigan Smith had five kills and three aces for the Challengers (2-1).
For North Valley, Haleigh Wagman had 11 kills and eight digs, Kady Kantola eight digs, Rashelle Garcia 16 assists and Mikala Mohr five kills and two aces.