MERLIN — With just seven girls at its disposal, the Phoenix volleyball team almost didn't even play Monday's Skyline Conference opener against host North Valley.

MERLIN — With just seven girls at its disposal, the Phoenix volleyball team almost didn't even play Monday's Skyline Conference opener against host North Valley.

But the Pirates are glad they did.

With the help of Kelsie Bradfield, Phoenix rallied to upend the Knights, 22-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 15-13.

Bradfield, Phoenix's team captain, scored the winning point in the fifth game on a night when she posted a career-high 19 blocks and 14 kills.

The Pirates (2-3, 1-0 Skyline) were without six players because of the flu.

Chandler Tally racked up 15 kills and six blocks, Danielle Smith added 13 kills and Annika Pond had 13 digs for the Pirates, who had lost their previous three matches that went five games.

Water Polo

MEDFORD BOYS GO 1-2 IN EUGENE — After losing its first two games, the Medford boys water polo team finished a three-game stint in Eugene with a 12-8 victory over Sheldon.

Robert Denton and Shawn Zelmer each had four goals and Jeff Hyde added eight blocks in the win. The boys also lost to South Eugene, 19-4, after falling to Redmond in the opener, 18-6.

The Medford girls went 0-3 on the trip. In three games, Nilsa Gibson had seven goals and Hannah Gilder 10 blocks in goal.

The girls opened with a loss to Redmond, 10-8, fell to South Eugene, 11-2, then lost to Sheldon, 12-6.