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Effective serving enables Eagles to turn back Panthers

EAGLE POINT -- The Eagle Point volleyball team used a strong servingeffort to down South Medford 15-5, 15-12 Thursday night in Southern OregonConference action.

The victory puts the Eagles back in the playoff chase with a 5-3 record,while the Panthers fell to 3-4.

In the first game, the Eagles scored points from the service line inbunches. Becky Gregory got things started with three straight points, NikkiKlekker served four straight, Heather Thomas three straight with two acesand Cindy Josephson ended the game with four straight points.

We talked in practice how important serving is, said EaglePoint coach Briana Grieve. We wanted to serve hard and South justhad a hard time returning them.

The Panthers tried to bounce back in the second game, and led by as manyas four points.

But the Eagles were up to the challenge behind the serving of LatishaInget and Thomas, who had two more aces.

Tasha Roth added four kills in the second contest for Eagle Point.

Anna Happel led the Eagles with seven kills in the match.

These girls are hungry for the playoffs, said Grieve. Thismatch is a turning point for us after having such a tough early season schedule.

KLAMATH FALLS 11-15-15, CRATER 15-10-7 -- At Central Point, a well-balancedKlamath Union club handed the Comets their fourth straight league defeat.

Teri Schneider and Megan Robbins led the Comets (3-4) with nine kills.

Amy Chase had 11 digs and Rhonda Lamson 24 assists for Crater, whichwas plagued by serving errors for the second straight night.

ASHLAND 15-15, MAZAMA 5-13 -- At Klamath Falls, the Grizzlies improvedto 5-2 in league play with a victory over Mazama in two straight games.

Ericka Ireland had three kills for the Vikings, while teammates JennyMishler and Tracy Hunt had four digs each.

The loss keeps Mazama winless at 0-7 in SOC play.

ROSEBURG 15-15, GRANTS PASS 5-13 -- At Roseburg, Sarah Wolf and CrystalStephens led the Roseburg front line in the SOC victory.

Wolf totalled six kills and six blocks, while Stephens contributed fourkills and three blocks.

In Game 2, Roseburg led 14-8 before the Cavers rallied with five straightpoints. Wolf made an outstanding dig that led to a sideout to stymie therun. Stephens dashed the Cavers' upset hopes with a stuff block to end thematch.

In the opener, Roseburg grabbed leads of 4-0 and 11-4.

Henley charges past Chiefs

KLAMATH FALLS -- Rogue River visited Henley High Thursday night withan undefeated league record and aiming to end the Hornets' incredible 117-matchSkyline Conference winning streak.

But Henley's serving and net play were more than Rogue River could handleas the Hornets posted a 15-12, 15-5 victory.

Kellie Criss led the Hornets' attack with 12 kills, while Janel DeJongadded nine. Henley setter Quinnan Chappel handed out 17 assists.

Henley established itself early by charging out to a 8-1 lead in theopener. Rogue River made a move by cutting the margin to 9-5.

Henley stalled out at game point as the Chieftains won six straight pointson three serves to cut the margin to 14-12.

In Game 2, Rogue River grabbed a 3-0 lead behind Mindi Yost's three servicepoints. Henley ran off eight straight points to reestablish control. Theclosest Rogue River got was 9-5, but never scored again.

The Chieftains will get another chance to knock off league-leading Henleyat a home match on Oct. 21.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 16-15, PHOENIX 14-4 -- At Illinois Valley, Dallas Ramosled Illinois Valley with five serves in a row in the second game to takethe win from the Pirates.

Melissa Maggie served six points for the night while Maggie Greenes servedfive to give Illinois Valley their lead.

Leading in hits were Melissa England and Kena Page, while Rosie Sillschimed in to help England and Page lead in blocks.

Setter Aubrey Steverson came through for the Cougars as she helped outin the back row for the first time.

Becky McDowell also came through in blocks and helped take Illinois Valleyto its record of 2-4.

NORTH VALLEY 15-15, HIDDEN VALLEY 12-9 -- At Murphy, North Valley's strongdefense carried the Knights to an upset win over the host Mustangs.

Hidden Valley didn't pass well and missed some crucial serves, accordingto coach Jerry Mulvey.

North Valley grabbed early leads in both games and held off Mustang rallies.The Knights led 8-1 in Game — and took a 7-0 margin to open the second game.

LAKEVIEW 15-15, SOUTH UMPQUA 8-10 -- At Tri City, Lakeview's Ruda sistersstood out as the Honkers registered their fourth Skyline Conference victoryin six outings.

Freshman Jamie Ruda got the Honkers' attack started with nimble passingand junior setter Katie Ruda distributed the ball effectively.

South Umpqua junior middle blocker Misty Ritter had a strong all-aroundperformance with five digs, five blocks and six kills. Teammate Rachel Atkinsonadded nine digs and three kills.

ST. MARY'S 11-15-15, CASCADE 15-2-2 -- At St. Mary's, Amanda Zielonywas the spark that led the Crusaders to their win against the Challengers.

Zielony had 10 digs while her sister Maren had 11 kills, three aces andfive digs.

Becky Naumas helped out with eight kills, five service aces and fourdigs.

Setter Katie Hanson had 22 assists for the night and served 17 out of17 serves with four aces.

Cascade's Natalie Peck had a huge block in the third game while PaulaKeener had seven points.

Shelley Pirer was all over the court to frustrate the Crusaders withnine digs, while Christine McCandless had eight kills and nine digs in aneffort to challenge St. Mary's.

PROSPECT 15-12-15, CANYONVILLE BIBLE ACADEMY 8-15-7 -- At Prospect, settersAddie Stockebrand and Monica Applegate came up big in the decisive thirdgame of the non-conference match.

Prospect was led by Angela Riccairdi with 14 kills and Michelle Renfrowith six.

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