Coach scolds Chiefs, and they respond with win
PHOENIX -- Rogue River coach Briana Grieve gave her team a tongue-lashing after Phoenix won the second game to knot the Skyline Conference volleyball match at one game apiece Tuesday.
The Chieftains responded to their first-year coach's prompting with a strong effort in the third game and posted a 15-5, 11-15, 15-2 road victory.
I told them to `Take care of business,' Grieve said after the second-game loss. Phoenix never had any opportunities. We kept our serves in and whatever they put back we took care of.
Senior hitter Krista Worthington provided some powerful kills in the third game and had a season-high 15 for the match. Worthington also had 15 digs.
She performed like a leader, Grieve said of Worthington. She relaxed tonight and played with a lot of enthusiasm.
Rogue River pounded 21 aces, with Kelly Hansen leading the team with five and Leah Sittingdown and Mindi Yost adding four each.
In the third game, Sittingdown served eight straight points, with three aces, to give the Chiefs a commanding 8-1 lead.
Our tough serving and their inability to serve receive was definitely a key in the third game, Grieve said. We were doing everything right in game three.
MAZAMA 15-13-15, ILLINOIS VALLEY 4-15-10 -- At Cave Junction, the Vikings notched their first Skyline Conference victory for a 1-6 record, winning the battle of cellar-dwellers.
Emily Hoskins had 12 kills, four blocks and four service aces and teammate Becky McDowell added four kills and three aces for the Cougars, who slipped to 0-7 in conference play.
LAKEVIEW 15-15, HIDDEN VALLEY 2-9 -- At Lakeview, Kristi Albertson and Kylie Bray each had seven points serving runs in separate games as Lakeview (20-2, 7-0 Skyline) remained unbeaten in the Skyline Conference.
In both games, Albertson and Bray served points four through 10 to give the Honkers a 10-2 lead.
Erica Coon led the Lakeview front line with 11 kills, while Katie Ruda provided 21 assists.
ST. MARY'S 12-15-16, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 15-6-14 -- St. Mary's overcame an 11-4 deficit in the final game to sidestep defeat.
Lani Brophy led the Crusaders with 11 points at the service line, including three aces, and added seven kills.
Kristen Zielony, who had six aces on the night, tied the game at 14-14. On the next side out, Sam Greenlee hit an ace to clinch the match for St. Mary's.
Prier led the upset-minded Challengers to the big lead in the third game with eight points at the service line, and Natalie Peck added five kills and two blocks.
Maren Zielony, in her first game back with the Crusaders after an injury, had 11 digs.
BUTTE FALLS 15-15, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 2-3 -- At Grants Pass, Butte Falls only missed one serve and recorded 14 aces as the Loggers improved to 5-0 in the Skyline A League Southern Division.
In the first game, sophomore Elizabeth McLauchlan served points 1-11. McLauchlan slammed five aces in the match.
Jammie McClanahan had the hot service stroke in Game 2, accounting for points 3-7 from the line. The sophomore setter added a team-high five assists.
PROSPECT 15-15, ASHLAND J.V. 5-4, -- At Ashland, sophomore Patsy Blythe served points 9-15 in the second game to lead Prospect over Ashland's junior varsity. Junior setter Monica Applegate had six aces and was 9for-10 from the service line.
Tamera Applegate went on a seven-point run and Kari Lenderman had six kills. The non-conference victory improved Prospect's record to 5-3.