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North Medford kept Ashland out of rhythm with strong serving and posted a 25-16, 25-18, 25-21 nonconference volleyball victory in the Black Tornado gym.
Elle Bixler had 10 kills and three blocks for North Medford (2-1), and setter Taylor Otoski played well throughout.
"I thought we served really well tonight," said Black Tornado coach Erika Wright, "and were able to keep them out of system. We were able to get Elle involved in the offense. We're much better when she's involved."
Otoski had 27 assists, three blocks and three service aces.
"She had a good all-around game," said Wright. "She made some key serves and had some good serving runs that I was pretty impressed and pleased with overall."
North Medford outside hitters Keisha Williams and Emily Carter each had seven kills, and Katy Carter produced 16 digs.
For Ashland (1-2), Hannah Borgerson registered 10 digs and five kills, and Hope Baldrica had five kills, three blocks and three digs. Carly Walker chipped in 10 digs, and Jordan Tilley had three aces.
"We had some good play in there," said Ashland coach Robin Akpan, "we just couldn't string it together. And North Medford is a very good team. They play a fast game."
GRANTS PASS 3, SOUTH MEDFORD — At Grants Pass, South Medford made it close in the third set before falling in the Southern Oregon Hybrid match, 25-13, 25-12, 25-23.
Right sides Nicole Bell and Britanny Miller each had four kills for the Panthers (1-2, 1-2 SOH).
ROSEBURG 3, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Crater led in the third set before Roseburg closed out the Southern Oregon Hybrid match, 25-15, 25-9, 25-21.
The Comets (0-3, 0-3 SOH) led 20-19 in Set 3.
Crater junior outside hitter Kelsey Strouse had two aces and 18 digs, junior setter Nicole Davis notched two aces and 12 assists and senior libero Kelli Gray amassed 28 digs.
- EAGLE POINT 3, KLAMATH UNION 1 — At Klamath Union, after losing its first game, Eagle Point stepped up to win out in a 13-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-13 nonconference victory over Klamath Union.
- PHOENIX 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — At Phoenix, setter Karlie Richardson served up 29 assists and seven aces for Phoenix as it derailed Cascade Christian, 25-21, 25-18, 25-17.
The Pirates (3-0) rallied from five points down in Game 2, and Sydney Amundsen served several consecutive points to close out Game 3. Amundsen added five kills and four aces.
Baylee Toney paced the Pirates with seven kills, and Bailee Tally notched four kills and four aces.
PROSPECT 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Prospect, Alee Pinkerton led Prospect's attack from the service line by going 17-for-19 with six aces in a 25-12, 25-22, 25-15 triumph.
Savanna Breiholz also served well for Prospect (2-0) with three aces during a 13-for-14 effort.
Prospect outside hitter Halee Hedgepeth posted nine kills and Baley VanWormer recorded 15 digs. Pinkerton, a setter, added 13 assists.
For Illinois Valley (1-3), Keyanna Augustadt had six aces and Halona Jackson had six digs and passed well.