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By effectively streaming its serves into open space, the North Medford volleyball team made things difficult for Eagle Point's serve-receive in a nonconference match Thursday.
Elle Bixler helped expose those open areas in the Eagles' defense with her presence at the net.
The senior middle hitter provided 10 kills and the Black Tornado was able to dispatch the Eagles 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19 at North Medford High.
Although the Eagles (1-14) were often out of position to set up their offense after having to lunge at well-placed serves by North Medford (10-5), Eagle Point played the Tornado tough in each set, which included a victory in the second game.
North Medford's fortunes were helped by senior libero Katy Carter and junior middle Kathy Martin, who both played an error-free match. Carter had a pair of aces on 10 attempts at the service line to go with 15 digs while Martin provided seven kills.
Black Tornado junior setter Taylor Otoski distributed 30 assists while senior outside hitter Keisha Williams added six kills.
Freshman outside hitter Ashley Ripplinger helped North's service attack with three aces on 17 attempts.
ROSEBURG 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, Roseburg clinched the Southern Oregon Hybrid league title with a 25-23, 25-19, 25-15 victory over Grants Pass.
Emily Henderson paced the Cavers (10-6, 4-3 SOH) with 11 kills, Baylee Simonsen added eight kills, Emily Gil had 27 assists and Halee Rose pitched in 17 digs.
The Indians improved to 20-2 and 7-0.
CRATER 3, ASHLAND 2 — At Central Point, Destiny Fahndrich served five aces in the final set, including the deciding one, as Crater claimed the nonconference win, 25-17, 24-26, 25-15, 25-27, 15-5.
Fahndrich, a sophomore outside, had 16 kills and seven aces overall for the Comets (4-10). Junior outside Kelsey Strouse had 19 kills and 15 digs, and junior middle Paige Berriochoa racked up nine aces, eight kills and two blocks.
Setters Cassidy Layton, a sophomore, and Nicole Davis, a junior, had 17 and 15 assists, respectively, and senior libero Kelli Gray 17 digs.
Ashland (6-10), which played without starting setter Jordan Tilley (hurt knee), was led by Hope Baldrica's six blocks and five kills and Grace Lenthe's four blocks and four kills.
PHOENIX 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Phoenix, Phoenix leaned heavily on strong serving to win the Skyline match, 25-15, 25-14, 25-21.
Ashlyn Flynn had six aces and 12 digs for the Pirates (9-4, 5-2 Sky), and Adriana Mereida-Ford had seven kills. Bailee Tally, Hailey Wyncoop and Baylee Toney each had four kills, and Karlie Richardson turned in 31 assists.
MAZAMA 3, NORTH VALLEY 1 — At Klamath Falls, sophomore outside hitter Haleigh Wagman amassed 19 kills and 17 digs for North Valley but it wasn't enough as Mazama closed out the Knights for a 25-22, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22 victory.
The Knights (4-10, 3-4 Skyline Conference) didn't make it easy for Mazama in the decisive fourth set after the Vikings grabbed a 7-1 lead. North Valley clawed its way back to slice the Vikings' lead to 23-22 before Mazama scored the final two points.
For the Knights, freshman middle hitter Arienna Thomas had nine kills and four blocks, senior setter Rashelle Garcia had 31 assists and senior libero Kady Kantola contributed 22 digs.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, HENLEY 1 — At Murphy, Hidden Valley, which claim the Skyline Conference title next week, claimed a play-in berth with its 25-17, 25-16, 17-25, 25-13 victory over Henley (6-7, 4-3 Skyline).
The Mustangs (14-0, 7-0) Skyline received 16 kills and nine blocks from Chloe Lindgren and 11 kills and eight blocks from Lacey Maynard.
Southern Cascade Hybrid
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ROGUE RIVER 1 — Host Cascade Christian cooled Rogue River's blazing start and won 23-25, 25-8, 25-17, 25-21 to remain unbeaten in the SCH.
The Chieftains stormed out to a 20-9 in the opening set. Although they lost the frame, the Challengers (12-6, 5-0 SCL) fought back with a 14-5 run, grabbing some momentum for the rest of the contest.
Madigan Smith kept the Challengers going in the second set by serving the first eight points, with five aces over that stretch. The junior middle finished with six aces in the set and 12 in the contest for the Challengers, who had 22 aces overall.
Challengers senior outside hitter Karlee Britton notched 16 kills and five aces, junior outside Trudy Burns had 15 kills and sophomore middle hitter Ellie Brown added eight kills.
Alyssa Brown, a sophomore setter, aided the Challengers with 35 assists.
LAKEVIEW 3, ST. MARY'S 2 — St. Mary's received big efforts from Dakota Rothfus and Madeline Gregg but couldn't hold a two-sets-to-none lead as Lakeview stormed back for a 25-27, 20-25, 25-13, 25-17, 15-12 Southern Cascade Hybrid victory at St. Mary's High School.
Rothfus had eight digs, seven kills, four aces and three blocks, and Gregg contributed 15 assists and four aces for the Crusaders (6-10, 2-3 SCH), who let a 9-5 lead slip away in the fifth set.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 3, CHILOQUIN 0 — At Chiloquin, Illinois Valley captured the nonconference match, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 to raise its overall record to 3-11.
Allison Primeau totaled six aces, three kills and five blocks for the Cougars, while Brittany Burns had two aces, eight kills and three blocks in a fine all-around effort.