North Medford threw a scare into Southwest Conference volleyball leader Sheldon, but the Irish responded to win the match between the league’s top two teams.
After North Medford (16-7, 6-3 SWC) pulled ahead 23-20 in the first set, Sheldon (16-1, 9-0) rallied for a 25-23 win. The Irish took the next two games, 25-18 and 25-23.
“Sheldon’s a good team,” said North Medford coach Malcolm Munson. “They don’t make a lot of mistakes. We had opportunities. We were up in the first set, and I thought if we closed it out, it could have changed the complexion of the match. But we let it slip away.”
Kiley Pauck led the Black Tornado with 10 kills, while Lauren Barry had eight kills, 12 digs and three aces. Sydney Kloek chipped in with four kills.
Alex Barry amassed 26 assists and 12 digs, Adriane McLemore 10 digs and Ella Ivens two aces.
“For our kids, I did like their fight,” said Munson. “We were down 19-13 in the third and gave ourselves a chance. We couldn’t quite get there, but we could have folded our tent and we didn’t.”
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, ROSEBURG 2: South Medford rebounded from losses in the second and third sets to pull off a rare win over visiting Roseburg in Southwest Conference play, 25-16, 14-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-11.
The Panthers (6-11, 3-7 SWC) hadn’t beaten Roseburg (10-6, 6-4) in her four-year tenure, said South coach Emily Brink.
South built an 8-2 lead in Game 5 before the Indians made it interesting.
Chanel Groom carried the Panthers’ offense. She had 22 kills, three blocks and 12 digs. Megan Davis notched 31 assists, 19 digs, three kills and two blocks.
Ashleigh Anderson contributed eight blocks and four kills, Matlyn Leetch served well and had 19 digs and Maggie Hutto added seven kills and two blocks.
SOUTH EUGENE, GRANTS PASS: At Grants Pass, the Grants Pass swept South Eugene 25-15, 25-23, 25-17 in the SWC match.
The Cavers (6-10, 3-7) crept up on the Axemen (5-9, 3-6) in the league standings.
ASHLAND 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Ashland, Ashland rallied from a 23-17 deficit in the third set to finish the sweep and end a five-match Midwestern League losing streak, 25-20, 25-14, 26-24.
The Grizzlies fell behind 18-8 and 23-17 in the third before Sasha Aazami took over. She served eight straight points, including an ace.
Ashland is 4-11 overall, 4-7 in the MWL, and Eagle Point is 6-9 and 2-8.
Aazami had 20 digs and Grace Angermeier’s 30 assists for the Grizzlies. Alex Crane had 14 kills, Emily DeVall’s nine kills and two aces and Aspyn Gottschalk 12 digs.
Ryleigh Gainey had seven kills, 15 digs and two blocks to lead the Eagles, who also had solid outings by Nauvoo Beal (22 assists, 10 digs) and Odalis Rincones (seven kills, one ace).
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 0: At Phoenix, Hidden Valley remained unbeaten in the Skyline Conference with a 25-12, 25-11, 25-16 victory.
The Mustangs (8-0, 17-3) knocked the Pirates (4-4, 8-10) out of their game with tough serving to pull away in all three sets.
Leaders for Phoenix were Avary Reneau (six kills, three blocks), Katelyn Hanson (five kills, two blocks) and Kassidy Calhoun (five kills).
ST. MARY’S 3, LAKEVIEW 2: St. Mary’s had a season-high 20 aces in the home Southern Cascade League match, winning 21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23, 15-6.
The Crusaders (9-12, 4-2 SCL) got strong serving from Ashley Gurr and Natalie Thickett to rally in Game 4. Thickett kept it going in Game 5, then Susanna Schatz took over for points 6 to 11 against Lakeview (3-11, 3-3)
Hallie Shean had nine kills, and she and Schatz had five aces each. Katie Rietmann added six kills and five blocks. Gurr notched 17 assists.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 3, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Illinois Valley, Illinois Valley swept the Southern Cascade League match, 25-22, 25-22, 25-17.
The Chieftains dropped to 4-8 overall and 0-7 in league. IV is 7-10 and 3-4.
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 3, BUTTE FALLS/CRATER LAKE CHARTER 1: Host Rogue Valley Adventist improved to 8-5 overall in the nonleague match.
Butte Falls (5-10) got six kills from Ellie Columbus and four each from Angel Johnston and T’Neal Myers. Alyssa Dunham had four aces and Myers three.
PROSPECT SWEPT: At Gilchrist, Prospect dropped a pair of nonleague matches, losing 3-1 to North Lake and 3-0 to Gilchrist.
The scores against North Lake weren’t available. Gilchrist triumphed, 25-14, 25-11, 25-18.
Prospect dropped to 1-13 overall.