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Tornado starts fast, then fades

From staff reports

TUALATIN -- North Medford swept through pool play without losing a gamebut the Black Tornado was eliminated in the first round of championshipaction in the gold division Saturday at the 32-team Nike Varsity Challengevolleyball tournament.

North defeated Lake Oswego 15-10 and 15-7, Forest Grove 15-0 and 16-14and McNary 15-10 and 15-12 in bracket competition. The winner in each ofeight brackets qualified for the gold division, where the No. 6-seeded BlackTornado was knocked off by No. 4-seed LaSalle, 15-4 and 15-2.

We kind of broke down at that point, North Medford coachRon Beick said. We made a lot of unforced errors.

Beick credited junior setter Mandie Horn with a good job in directingthe North offense. Junior outside hitter Ali Mostue led the team in killsand passing, while right-side hitter Jaime Herrera paced the squad in blocks.

We really played well in pool play, said Beick, butwe had an hour break inbetween and obviously lost our momentum.

Ashland and Eagle Point finished second in their respective pools, whileGrants Pass and South Medford each finished third in their brackets.

LAKEVIEW 15-15, NORTH VALLEY 5-3 -- At Lakeview, Lakeview defeated NorthValley in a Skyline match en route to the championship game of the eight-teamLakeview Tallman Invitational.

Modoc defeated the Honkers in the finals 15-3, 12-15 and 15-5.

ST. MARY'S WINS TOURNAMENT -- At Chiloquin, Katie Hansen sparked theCrusaders, as they claimed the Chiloquin Tournament.

Hansen, a senior setter, amassed 56 assists, 11 kills and 21 aces onthe day.

After going 5-1 in pool play, St. Mary's beat the Henley J.V. team inthe semifinals, 15-6, 3-15, 15-8 before dispatching Big Fir League rivalGlendale in the Championship game, 15-5, 15-12.

Katie Davidson had 19 kills on the day, while Amanda Zielony added 16digs and three aces and Becky Naumes had 20 kills, 10 digs, seven blocksand seven aces.

PROSPECT 12-15-15, PAISLEY 15-7-5 -- At Paisley, Prospect improved to2-0 in Skyline A League play and avenged two straight league playoff losseswith a three-game victory over Paisley.

After watching the Broncos eliminate them from the postseason the lasttwo seasons, Prospect recovered from a sluggish first game and rolled throughthe final two.

We really raised our level of play against Paisley, Prospectfirst-year coach Tara Murphy said. We were really determined to changethat history.

Prospect, which is 2-5 overall, got solid hitting from Angela Riccairdi,Jamie Kiefer and Jamie Smith, while Tamara Applegate provided strong serving.Murphy also praised the setting of Addie Starkebrand and Monica Applegateas well as the defensive play of Michelle Renfro.

POWERS 14-15-15, BUTTE FALLS 16-7-13 -- At Butte Falls, Powers battledback to earn a non-league volleyball win over Butte Falls on Friday.

The loss dropped the Loggers to 0-2 on the season.

Sara Thompson led Butte Falls with nine aces, but ironically it was servingthat was the Loggers' downfall as they missed on 5 of 19 service attempts.

We're still feeling ourselves out, Butte Falls coach MikeHarrington said. We're having some trouble serving, but we're startingto come around.

Kristi McClelland and Karrie VanLandingham added six digs for the Loggers.

On Saturday, the Loggers finished 1-7 at the Chiloquin tournament.

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