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Goodwin rallies Chieftains past Pirates

ROGUE RIVER -- When Phoenix charged out to a 9-0 lead in the first gameof a Skyline Conference volleyball match Tuesday, Rogue River coach SteveLevesque went to his bench.

In came Amber Goodwin, who helped the Chieftains post a pair of 16-14victories and remain undefeated in the conference at 3-0.

Goodwin responded with some timely hitting in the opener, then closedout the match with the final three serves, including two on aces.

She was the spark we needed to turn it around, said Levesque.I put her in to pick us up on defense and pass the ball. When shecame in, the match changed complexion and she didn't have to touch the ball.

Goodwin was inserted in the back row when she first entered, but Levesqueleft the junior middle blocker in the game even when she rotated to thefront.

Things started working and I didn't want to disrupt the lineup,explained Levesque.

Rogue River came back to tie the Pirates 9-9 in the first game when TaraYant served points six through nine.

Mindi Yost put the Chiefs ahead 12-9 with three straight service points,but Phoenix would not fold and eventually tied the game at 14.

Phoenix kept coming at us, said Levesque. We couldn'tget going. Most of the time we weren't playing up to our practice level.

In game No. 2, Phoenix led 14-12, but Goodwin served three straight togive Rogue River a 15-14 lead.

Then Katy Linderman made an outstanding defensive play on her serve.Linderman lunged for a return that fell in for a kill to end the match.

Serving proved decisive in the victory as Rogue River pounded 17 aces.

We found a couple of players that were struggling on serve receiveand we went after them, said Levesque.

Yost recorded a team-high five aces, while Annie Rolph led the squadwith six kills and 10 digs.

Phoenix was led by the net play of Colleen Gunn and setter Jen Payant.

HENLEY 15-15, ILLINOIS VALLEY 13-3 -- At Cave Junction, the serving ofTita Herman and Melissa England helped Illinois Valley take an 8-2 leadin the first game, but defending Skyline champion Henley recovered in timeto record its third conference victory in three outings.

The Illinois Valley front line of Kena Page, Rosie Sills and Englandcombined to give the Hornets trouble throughout the match with their blockingand hitting.

NORTH VALLEY 15-10-15, SOUTH UMPQUA 12-15-2 -- At Merlin, the Knightsimproved to 2-1 in league play by disposing the Lancers (0-3) in three games.

Elena Mendoza served an astounding 21 times with three aces on the nightfor North Valley.

Sarah Towns chipped in with four kills for the Knights, while CarolineSparley added eight digs.

LAKEVIEW 14-15-15, HIDDEN VALLEY 16-5-12 -- At Lakeview, the Honkersrallied to hand Hidden Valley its first Skyline Conference loss of the year.

Ericka Denbrook had 11 kills to lead Lakeview, while teammate ErickaCook chipped in with 10 kills.

Both teams now have 2-1 league records

ST. MARY'S 15-19, RIDDLE 10-17 -- At Riddle, visiting St. Mary's waspushed in the second game but ran off with the Big Fir League victory torun its league record to 2-0.

Katie Davidson led the Crusaders with seven kills and five aces, whileMaren Zielony and Becky Naumes had seven kills apiece.

Setter Katie Hansen added 16 assists.

BUTTE FALLS 15-15, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 5-14 --At Butte Falls, New HopeChristian had difficulty on its serve receive in the Skyline A South Divisionmatch.

New Hope surprised Butte Falls with eight straight points in the secondgame to grab a 10-4 lead, but sophomore Sara Lawrence answered with fivepoints serving to cut the deficit to 10-9.

With the scored tied at 14, Sara Thompson served the final two pointsto end the match.

Butte Falls leaders were Jammie McClanahan (three aces), Jessica Bergren(two kills), Lindsey Stockton (two digs) and Thompson (four assists).

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