ROSEBURG — In their first meeting earlier this season, the North Medford volleyball team enjoyed a home sweep of Roseburg.
But Thursday night, the Indians weren’t going to be denied on their home court.
The Black Tornado fought off match-point five times in the fifth set until the Indians were escaped for a 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, 9-25, 22-20 Southwest Conference victory.
“We couldn’t quite shut the door, but the kids got after it and it was a lot of fun. We just didn’t pull it out,” said North Medford coach Malcolm Munson.
The Black Tornado (12-6, 5-2 SWC) had Roseburg (8-4, 5-2) against the ropes, too, when it had a 12-8 lead in the decisive set and when the Indians faced match point twice as two of conference’s top squads traded blows.
“We just beat them at our place, and they didn’t want to lose again,” said Munson. “It was a great high school volleyball atmosphere. We just didn’t win this time.”
Adriane McLemore went for 12 kills and 18 digs, and Kiley Pauck added 11 kills for the Black Tornado.
North Medford setter Alex Barry amassed 38 assists, while Lauren Barry recorded 23 digs and seven of North’s 19 aces. Allie Hertager added four aces and Sydney Kloek six kills.
GRANTS PASS 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 2: At Grants Pass, South Medford rallied after a rough start but was unable to finish off Grants Pass, losing 25-13, 25-13, 17-25, 15-25, 15-12 in a Southwestern Conference match.
Down three starters, the Panthers (1-6, 4-10) switched their lineup midway through the match with great success, but a late injury that led to a substitution gave the momentum back to the Cavers (1-6, 4-10), who trailed 8-3 and 11-8 in Game 5.
Chanel Groom had 21 kills and 18 digs to lead South. Megan Davis (31 assists, three blocks, 15 digs), Ashleigh Anderson (five blocks, six kills) and Matlyn Leetch (22 digs, three aces), a freshman who filled in at the libero position, also were standouts for the Panthers.
EAGLE POINT 3, SPRINGFIELD 2: At Springfield, Eagle Point rallied from a two-set deficit to beat Springfield, 18-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-17, 15-4, in Midwestern League play.
The Eagles’ Nauvoo Beal racked up 34 assists and 20 digs, and Ryleigh Gainey racked up 17 kills to go with 21 digs.
Rose McFarland added eight kills and four blocks and Aly Scheffler seven kills and three blocks for the Eagles (6-6, 2-5 MWL).
ASHLAND 3, MARIST 0: At Ashland, Ashland wasn’t able to keep up with Marist, which came away with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-15 Midwestern League victory.
The Grizzlies (3-8, 3-5 MWL) picked up seven kills, 11 digs and a pair of aces from Emily DuVall, seven kills from Alex Crane and nine digs from Sydney Philpott.
HENLEY 3, PHOENIX 0: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix took Henley to the limit in the final two sets, but the Hornets prevailed, 25-9, 25-23, 27-25, in the Skyline Conference match.
The Pirates (5-7, 2-4 Sky) received 17 assists and four aces from setter Sofia Tringolo, while Katelyn Hanson went for six kills, three blocks and three aces.
Avary Reneau added six kills and two blocks and Lexi Smith four kills and two blocks for Phoenix.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ST. MARY’S 0: setter Allison Winter turned in 23 assists and 12 aces to help Cascade Christian capture a 25-10, 25-8, 25-10 Southern Cascade League triumph at St. Mary’s High.
Caroline McMahon of the Challengers (11-1, 4-0 SCL) had 10 kills and six aces, and Gabbi Burton had five kills.
Katie Rietmann posted four blocks and three kills for St. Mary’s (6-11, 1-2 SCL).
ROGUE RIVER 3, LAKEVIEW 0: At Lakeview, Lakeview won 25-8, 25-14, 25-14 in the Southern Cascade League.
Madison McKown recorded five blocks and Laura Howard five kills for the Chieftains (4-5, 0-4 SCL).