Near-flawless Tornado thumps Grizz
With apologies to Carly Simon, nobody could have done it better than North Medford's volleyball team on Thursday night.
The third-ranked Black Tornado attacked 40 times without an error as it blew past visiting Ashland, 15-2, 15-0.
We played pretty flawlessly, North Medford coach Ron Beick said. Zero attack errors is pretty indicative of how we played tonight. This was our best match of the season.
Beick was concerned the Tornado might have been winded coming off a big road victory over No. 8 Roseburg on Tuesday.
We had a decent practice (Wednesday), but there's obviously a tiredness you encounter after a critical match, Beick said. We were blunt about the fact this could be a typical let-down game. Ashland has every bit of the ability to beat us if we're not getting after it.
Beick made his point before warmups and again before the match started.
You could see us switch gears, Beick said. I thought we did a good job of hearing the coach's message and taking care of business.
North came up with 25 digs in the match.
We were blocking up to keep it in play and keeping the hitters from terminating, Beick said.
Ali Mostue had seven kills and six digs, Ali Piff five kills and six digs and Lacey Dalton added three kills, one block and one dig. In all seven players had kills, seven had digs and five blocks in the balanced effort.
North turns its attention to the Clearwater Classic in Bend Saturday.
The Tornado plays in a pool with perennialstate powers Barlow and Centennial as well as Sheldon of Eugene.
Eight of the top 10 teams in the state will be there, Beick said. We're refining our defense. We've still got a couple of weeks to get stronger.
KLAMATH UNION 15-6-15, CRATER 10-15-13 -- At Central Point, Klamath Union fought back from a 9-2 deficit in the third game to beat the Comets and take a big step towards securing its second playoff berth in as many years.
Rhonda Lamson had 29 assists, Amy Chase 13 digs and Emily Wiley six blocks for the Comets, who fell to 5-5 in the SOC.
Kristina Matchett was outstanding in the middle for Klamath Union, which improved to 6-4.
ROSEBURG 15-14-15, GRANTS PASS 4-16-10 -- At Grants Pass, upset-minded Grants Pass rode the strong net play of Jill Cohen and Gabby Rathburn to take the second game and played Roseburg tough throughout the third, but the Indians did enough things right to escape with the SOC win.
Cohen had nine kills on the night and Rathburn added sevne.
SOUTH MEDFORD 13-16-15, EAGLE POINT 15-14-6 -- At Eagle Point, with freshman Kara Stuart on the service line, Eagle Point soared to a 13-5 lead in the second game and appeared on the cusp of winning its first SOC match.
But South Medford, which dropped the opening game, stormed back and walked off with its second victory over the Eagles this season.
Stuart, a 6-foot middle blocker, served 12 staight points in the second game before the Panthers could stop the bleeding. Stuart also had 11 digs and two solo blocks for Eagle Point, which slipped to 0-10 in the SOC.
Misty Bernhardt added eight kills and four solo blocks for the Eagles.