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Tornado regroups, downs South and Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS -- In the topsy-turvey, unpredictable world of Southern OregonConference volleyball, the North Medford Black Tornado pulled out a pairof big wins Saturday.

Kristin Ferris came off the bench to lead the Tornado to a come-from-behind16-14, 15-11 victory over South Medford. And then Jamie Herrera led an extraordinaryserving performance as the Tornado romped past Grants Pass 15-3, 15-4.

The twin wins left North with a 4-2 mark in the SOC, a half-game behindRoseburg and Crater.

The way things are going it looks like the league champion is goingto have three or four losses, Beick said, so these wins todaywere huge.

South Medford gave North fits thanks in large part to the inspired playof Amy Meyerding, who finished with 13 kills. But the Tornado rallied froma 13-9 deficit in the first game and an 8-0 deficit in the second to pullout the match.

Ferris, an outside hitter, came off the bench in both games to providethe spark. She finished with nine kills and five digs in the match.

Ferris was definitely the spark for us against South, Beicksaid. She played excellent.

Brittany Weiler got the start at the setter position and responded with22 assists against the Panthers.

Against Grants Pass, North Medford had 18 serving aces with Herrera contributingsix of them. The school record is 22 aces for a match.

That's the best we've served all year, obviously, Beick said.

North Medford outscored GP 13-2 through the first three rotations ofthe first game.

We're an inexperienced team that didn't stay particularly focusedin our two (SOC) losses, Beick said. We worried too much aboutthe other teams instead of concentrating on what we do. We had some talksabout that.

GRANTS PASS 15-15, SOUTH MEDFORD 10-8 -- At Grants Pass, the Lady Caversused a scrappy defense and a more synchronized offense to register theirfirst SOC victory.

In the first game, South led 10-8, but the Cavers scored the final sevenpoints.

The Cavers grabbed leads of 5-0 and 10-3 in Game 2 and were never challenged.

Meyerding led South with nine kills in the match.

CRATER 17-15, ASHLAND 15-7 -- At Ashland, after three years of lossesto Ashland, the Crater seniors finally got a chance to taste victory againstthe Grizzlies.

Jaime Caster led the Comets with six kills and Teri Schneider added five.

Crater defensive specialist Juliana Casimero was all over the court torecord seven digs.

Chelsea Morgan led Ashland with 20 assists.

ASHLAND 16-16, EAGLE POINT 14-14 -- At Ashland, the Grizzlies were pushedto the limit before slipping past the Eagles in two straight.

Ashland trailed 14-9 in Game 2 before reeling off seven straight pointsto pull out the match.

Setter Chelsea Morgan led the Grizzlies with an astounding 33 assists,alomost half of which went to Whitney Mayers, who made good on 15 kills.

Eagle Point was led by the blocking of Tasha Roth, Nikki Kleker and AnnaHappel.

EAGLE POINT 15-15, CRATER 8-6 -- At Ashland, the Eagles were pumped upand stopped the Comets cold in the first game of the match.

Nikki Kleker went 5-for-5 serving while Becky Gregory was 7-for-7 withtwo aces and five straight service points before Crater was able to scorea point.

Then Tasha Roth served the final two points with one being an ace forthe Eagles.

Heather Thomas was 5-for-5 with five kills to end the first game.

In the second game, Eagle Point's blocking improved immensely. Althoughthe Eagles missed three serves early on, it wasn't a factor for them.

Anna Happel was 6-for-7 with three aces while Cindy Josephson was 5-for-5from the serving line with one ace.

The Eagles had a perfect hitting game with Roth 3-for-3 with three kills,Thomas 6-for-6 with three kills and Happel 4-for-4 with three kills.

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