Jackson and Gunn lead Pirates past Mustangs
PHOENIX -- Sophomore Sutton Jackson sparked Phoenix at the net and service line, while senior Colleen Gunn provided a pair of timely kills Thursday night as the Pirates registered a 15-2, 8-15, 15-8 Skyline Conference volleyball win over Hidden Valley.
The victory was the first for new coach Tom Murphy and squared the Pirates' record at 1-1.
It's the first step, Murphy said. We want to get into one of those four (Skyline) playoff spots. If if we do, anything can happen. Hidden Valley is one of those schools with the same aspirations.
Jackson was good on seven of eight attacks and was 16-of-16 serving.
We were looking for heroes and Sutton Jackson stepped up and did a job for us, Murphy said.
The Pirates jumped in front in the first game and didn't miss a serve. But Hidden Valley bounced back, took the second game and led 6-0 in the third.
Phoenix whittled the deficit to 8-7 before Gunn drilled back-to-back kills as the Pirates took the lead.
We got a pass off the net and set it to her in the back row, Murphy said. She's our best hitter and we're not reluctant to go to her. We seemed to ride the momentum from there.
Jackson served the final four points of the match.
Lyndsey Bourdon was 15 of 16 serving for the Pirates.
NORTH VALLEY 15-15, ILLINOIS VALLEY 6-4 -- Sarah Towns led her squad to victory with 11 service aces and nine kills.
Teammate Elena Mendoza recorded 15 assists for North Valley, now 3-0.
LAKEVIEW 15-13-15, ROGUE RIVER 7-15-7 --Rogue River had to make last-minute adjustments to the roster after its middle blocker became ineligible just hours prior to the match, and Lakeview went on to the win.
Mindi Yost was 6 for 6 blocking and 9 for 9 serving for the Chieftains, but they had trouble on serve receive in games one and three.
HENLEY 15-15, MAZAMA 4-6 -- At Klamath Falls, Henley used serving and defense to post its second straight Skyline Conference victory.
Freshman setter Erika Clements led the Hornets with 10-of-10 serving and two of Henley's six aces. Clements is 38-for-38 serving this season.
ST. MARY'S 15-15-15, YREKA, CALIF. 13-13-13 --St. Mary's revamped the squad to fill a void left by Kristen Zieloney, who was injured in last week's loss to Etna, Calif., and swept a best-of-three match on the road to improve its season mark to 1-1.
After falling behind 11-2 in the first game, Maren Zieloney capped the Crusaders' comeback by serving two aces.
Maren Zieloney led St. Mary's with 19 kills (seven in the second game), three blocks, four aces, and was 19 of 20 serving.
GLENDALE 14-15-15, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 16-5-9 -- Cascade Christian took a strong Glendale squad to three games.
Cascade Christian coach Susan Gmur praised the net play of Shelly Nicholson and Christine McCandless.