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Crater ends skid by beating Panthers

Crater snapped a four-match Southern Oregon Conference volleyball losing streak Thursday with a 15-11, 15-5 win over South Medford.

The victory allowed the Comets (4-4) to remain tied for fourth place with Klamath Union, a 15-10, 15-10 upset victor over Roseburg.

South Medford fell to 1-7 in SOC play.

We really needed this one, Crater coach Leaf Jensen said. We played much better tonight.

Megan Robbins racked up 13 digs and six kills, while Jamie Caster notched eight kills. Emily Wiley collected four solo blocks and five kills in six attacks, with Julie Smitherman serving for nine points in the second game.

In the first game, Smitherman broke an 11-all count with four straight points and then Caster and Robbins tacked on a service point each.

We broke down in the second game and had a defensive collapse, said South Medford coach Jerry Hagstrom.

We've got to work on the emotional/psychological area. When you're struggling, it gets contagious. We can't just talk about it. We have to take it to the court and beat somebody and break the cycle. Right now, our confidence is pretty low.

Nicole Munoz had seven kills and nine digs for South. Chrystal Peterson had 10 digs and five kills. Kristin Russell added five kills in eight attempts.

KLAMATH UNION 15-15, ROSEBURG 10-10 -- At Klamath Falls, the Pelicans improved to 4-4 in conference in dealing the Indians their first conference loss.

Jennifer Krowder served the first 10 points for the Pelicans as they jumped to a 10-0 lead in the second game and finished with seven aces on the night. She also had 26 assists.

Dani Dobey had 10 kills and Jennifer Brennan had eight digs for Klamath Union.

ASHLAND 15-15, EAGLE POINT 1-10 -- At Ashland, Amy Williams had 10 digs and six kills in leading the Grizzlies.

Loriana Berman was the kill leader for Ashland with seven, while teammates Rachel Fish and Rachel Karlin added six kills each.

Eagle Point was led by Alaina Corless with 12 digs and Misty Bernhardt with six digs, two blocks and five kills.

Skyline Conference

LAKEVIEW 11-15-15, PHOENIX 15-10-4 -- At Phoenix, Skyline Conference leader Lakeview rallied from a first-game loss to knock the Pirates out of a third-place tie.

Jamie Ruda whacked 10 kills, Erica Coon tacked on eight kills and setter Katie Ruda collected 29 assists and seven kills.

Colleen Gunn's defense and serving spurred Phoenix in the first game. In the second game, Lakeview began picking up the spikes that had been finding the floor.

Gunn had 12 kills, Beth Nikodym was 14-for-14 serving and Janene Murphy had 24 assists and was 8-for-8 serving.

ROGUE RIVER 15-15, HIDDEN VALLEY 1-12 -- At Rogue River, senior outside hitter Krista Worthington paced the Chieftains, recording five service aces while serving points 3-11 in game one and recording 12 digs on the night.

In the second game, Hidden Valley led 12-9 when Rogue River's Becky Grinder reeled off six straight points, four of them aces, to seal the win.

Melissa Badly had eight kills for the Chieftains. Mindy Yost had five digs and 11 blocks.

The Mustangs were led in kills by Melissa Sayer with five. Teammate Jennifer Brown had a team-high five digs.

HENLEY 15-15, ILLINOIS VALLEY 3-8 -- At Klamath Falls, the Hornets recorded 12 service aces in the win.

The Cougars didn't put up much of a fight in the first game but did manage to pull back into the second game after trailing 9-0.

Sarah Jertberg led Henley with seven kills.