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Grizzlies fend off feisty Comets

ASHLAND -- Rachel Karlan's stuff block and subsequent kill accounted for the final two points Thursday evening as Ashland rallied in the third game in a 15-10, 3-15, 17-15 Southern Oregon Conference volleyball victory.

It was the second match in three days in which Ashland came from behind.

I'm losing hair even as we speak, said 24-year-old Ashland coach Josh Rohlfing, whose team came from behind to beat Klamath Union Tuesday.

With No. 8 Roseburg looming next on the conference schedule, the Grizzlies a second conference loss would've pushed Ashland toward the middle of the pack.

You want to avoid having someone come in the back door and get you from behind, Rohlfing said.

The Comets weren't messing around with the back door.

After crashing the front gate in the second game, the Comets charged to an 11-6 advantage in finale.

But the scene changed when Loriana Berman served up four straight points to pull Ashland within 11-10. The clubs exchanged a point or two at a time until Crater tied it at 15-15 with Megan Robbins serving.

I think if Leaf (Jensen, Crater's coach) and I would have had the opportunity to call it a draw out of the gym, we would've at that point.

With Amy Williams serving, Karlan took over play at the net to push the Grizzlies to 5-1 in conference, while Crater dropped to 3-3.

It was a pretty wild game, and it's all a blur, said Jensen. Right now, we're struggling with finishing.

We had Roseburg on the ropes. We beat them in the first game and had them 11-6 in the second game too; that's a pretty nice place to be. But we couldn't put them away.

Ashland's Rachel Fish spiked nine kills, Karlan collected nine blocks, Chelsea Morgan piled up 32 assists and Berman picked up 12 digs.

Robbins recorded 16 digs and Jamie Caster had three blocks for Crater.

NORTH MEDFORD 15-15, KLAMATH UNION 7-10 -- At Klamath Falls, senior hitter Kristin Ferris led the Tornado with 14 kills and eight digs and Ali Mostue added six kills and six digs.

Middleblocker Lacey Dalton contributed three kills and four blocks as North Medford improved to 5-1 in the SOC.

Setter Mandie Horn had 27 assists for the Tornado

GRANTS PASS 15-10-15, SOUTH MEDFORD 9-15-12 -- South Medford led 11-9 in the decisive third game, but serving errors proved costly at the Panthers' gym.

South coach Jerry Hagstrom said senior Kristen Russell played well at the net, while junior Jamie Bartley turned in her best varsity performance. Defensive specialist Stephanie Hackstedde served effectively.

ROSEBURG 15-15, EAGLE POINT 5-1 -- At Roseburg, Crystal Stevens led the Indians with nine kills and Allison Courter added six as No. 8 Roseburg handed the Eagles their sixth-consecutive loss.