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Jackson's in on the action for Pirates

PHOENIX -- Sutton Jackson continues to shine for the Phoenix Pirates volleyball team.

The sophomore middle hitter served five points in the decisive third game as the Pirates came away with a 15-13, 12-15, 15-3 Skyline Conference victory over Mazama on Tuesday.

Jackson served the winning point during both Phoenix of victories. In the first game, she served the final two points. In Game 3, she served points six through nine and later the 15th point.

She's been our most consistent server, along with Janene Murphy, for the season, Phoenix coach Tom Murphy said. We can pretty much count on what she'll give us every game. When we find a way to get her the ball, she finds a way to get it down. She's been a pleasant surprise.

The Pirates controlled the last game with good serving and passing. But Murphy was disturbed that the Pirates were forced to a third game.

We can't seem to win the second game, Murphy said. In all three of our conference wins, we've lost the second game. That's something we have to take a look at and find out why we have a letdown.

The Pirates' net play was sparked by Colleen Gunn (seven kills), Jessica Thompson (five kills) and Beth Nikodym (five kills).

HENLEY 15-15, HIDDEN VALLEY 12-1 -- At Murphy, Hidden Valley jumped out to a 5-0 start in the first game, but the remainder of the match belonged to Henley.

In the second game, Hidden Valley had difficulty passing the ball to its setter; thus the Mustangs' attack was ineffective.

Felicia Lorelli led the Mustangs with three kills, while Missy Kilbane had five points serving, including three aces.

ROGUE RIVER 15-15, ILLINOIS VALLEY'S 2-1 -- At Rogue River, Krista Worthington was 12 for 12 with three aces and six digs as the Chieftains overpowered the Cougars by controlling the net. Mindi Yost was eight for eight serving and added three aces

of her own. Amber Goodwin and Milissa Badley each had five kills, keeping pace for a Rogue River offense that committed just six errors at the net during the match.

BUTTE FALLS 15-15, PROSPECT 7-2 -- At Prospect, sophomore Elizabeth McLauchlan served 15 points, including eight aces in the win.

McLauchlan served points seven through 12 in the first game and points one through nine of Game 2.

After the Loggers charged to a 9-1 lead in the second game the Cougars battled back to a 12-10 edge.

The Loggers then sealed the win as freshman Jessica Dunlap stepped in and served points 11-15, with two aces.

Dunlap had seven assists on the night, behind leader Jammie McClanahan with eight.