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South roller-coaster ride continues in win

From staff reports

South Medford volleyball coach Jim Harrah has seen his team experiencethe highest of highs and the lowest of lows through six games this season.

Tuesday night was another high point for the psyche of the Panthers,as they knocked off Crater 15-9, 15-11 in Southern Oregon Conference action.

Our goal is to play steady and consistent, said Harrah, whoseteam improved to 3-3 in league play. We don't want to get on an emotionalroller coaster because we start thinking. We're learning how to win andhow to play to win.

After defeating conference heavyweight Roseburg last week, South followedup the big win with a loss to rival North Medford and a disheartening lossto Grants Pass last Saturday.

It was very important to win this game, said Harrah. Thiswas more important mentally to us because it put us back on track for theplayoffs.

Senior Amy Meyerding continued her stellar season, garnering eight killsand 11 digs.

Though Meyerding has been in the forefront of the South success in 1997,Harrah felt it was his team's balance and blocking that told the tale onTuesday.

The word on the street was they were going to camp on Amy at thenet, Harrah said. We wanted to make sure to distribute the ball.

The main recipient of the distribution was Nicole Munoz, who talliedfour kills and seven digs.

We've really been working hard on our blocking, said Harrah.There are so many good hitters in the league, we just want to getin their way.

NORTH MEDFORD 15-15, MAZAMA 9-11 -- North Medford middle hitters LaceyDalton and Ali Piff had their top performances of the season as the BlackTornado edged past stubborn Mazama.

North Medford trailed 11-9 in the second game before Mandy Horn servedfour straight points and Piff the final two for the win.

Piff finished with nine blocks and five kills. Ali Mostue chipped ineight kills, nine digs and five blocks and Kristin Ferris added eight kills,eight digs and three blocks.

North Medford, now 5-2 in the Southern Oregon Conference and 5-3 overall,plays in the 16-team Rogue Valley Classic on Saturday. The tournament willbe held at North and South highs beginning at 8 a.m.

EAGLE POINT 14-15-16, GRANTS PASS 16-6-14 -- At Eagle Point, Eagle Pointsquandered a 12-4 lead and lost the first game but bounced back behind BeckyGregory and Anna Happel to take control.

Nikki Kleker served the final point of the third game for the Eagles.

The Eagles kept their serves in during the crucial time of the game.Gregory and Kleker were both 7-for-7 in serving with three aces, while Happeltore it up at the net, going 11-for-11 hitting with three kills and fourstuff blocks.

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