Gunn fires Pirates past Knights, 15-9, 16-14
PHOENIX -- Colleen Gunn was the big gun for Phoenix High in Skyline Conference volleyball Tuesday night.
Gunn sparked the Pirates with a team-high nine kills in a 15-9, 16-14 victory over visiting North Valley.
We got a really great offensive game from Colleen Gunn, first-year Phoenix coach Tom Murphy said. She provided some explosive hits. We're pretty aggressive from the back row. Tonight she hit four crushers from back there.
After taking a 9-1 lead in the second game, the Pirates faltered. North Valley outscored Phoenix 13-1 and had serves at 14-10 and 14-11 to even the match.
Volleyball is the ultimate momentum sport, said Murphy. No lead is safe. You blink and you're down 14-10 and they're serving for the game.
The Pirates showed resiliency with their defense and serving to pull out the match.
In Game 2, Gunn served points 6 through 9, then 15-16 to end the tight contest.
Beth Nikodym provided a consistent touch from the service line for the Pirates. Nikodym was 11-for-11, with two aces.
There were some key rallies, said Murphy. Both teams played good defensive floor games. There was not a lot of big hitting.''
North Valley missed leading hitter Sarah Towns, who was out with a knee injury.
The victory moved Phoenix (6-5) within a half-game of North Valley (7-5). The Pirates play Mazama Thursday, while North Valley is idle.
This was a big victory for us if we're looking to play a post-season game at home, Murphy said. We beat North Valley both times and if we tie with them we will get the nod.
The Skyline Conference has a league playoff to determine its second and third Class 3A state tournament representatives.
HENLEY 10-15-15, ROGUE RIVER 15-13-7 -- At Rogue River, Henley overcame the Chieftains' best effort of the season to win in three games.
The Chiefs kept their errors to a minimum in winning the first game. Krista Worthington had six kills in the first game en route to 13 for the night. Melissa Badly had four of her 11 kills in the first game.
Rogue River served well with Rebecca Grinde going 12-for-12 at the line with three aces. Leah Sittingdown was 14-of-15 with three aces, while Amber Goodwin was 12-of-13 with three aces, 18 blocks and 10 digs. Mindi Yost had 12 blocks and nine digs.
HIDDEN VALLEY 15-15, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2-5 -- At Murphy, Hidden Valley served up 17 aces and cruised to an easy victory.
Felicia Lorelli led the Mustangs with five aces, while Jennifer Brown, Melissa Sayer and Missy Kilbane each had four.
Sayer and Emily Lenahan led the Mustangs at the net with four kills apiece.
LAKEVIEW 15-15, MAZAMA 8-4 -- At Lakeview, sophomore Jamie Ruda provided a team-high seven kills and six digs as Lakeview (30-2, 12-0 Skyline) remained undefeated in conference play.
The Honkers' defense stymied Mazama's attack.
Lakeview also received strong performances from senior setter Katie Ruda (20 assists, five kills) and freshman middle hitter Francis Hartman (five kills).
Karley Castor had four kills for Mazama.
ST. MARY'S 15-15, YONCALLA 10-7 -- Fifth-ranked St. Mary's (15-2, 7-0 SCL) received strong efforts from a pair of sophomore setters in a non-league home match.
In the opening game, Lani Brophy provided 11 assists, while Crystal Galedrige was credited with nine assists in Game 2. Brophy added nine digs in the match.
The Crusaders got consistent play from hitters Maren Zielony (eight kills, eight digs) and Becky Naumes (seven kills, six digs.)
St. Mary's backup Samantha Greenlee also had a productive match. The junior outside hitter came up with six digs and had six points serving, with two aces, in the second game.
The Crusaders host eighth-ranked Bonanza (6-0 SCL) in a doubleheader Saturday that will determine the Southern Cascade League title.
BUTTE FALLS 15-15, PROSPECT 8-3 -- At Butte Falls, the Loggers took a commanding lead in the Skyline A Southern Division with a triumph over rival Prospect. Butte Falls was led by Jessica Bergren who served 13 points including three aces.
Sophomore hitter Elizabeth McLauchlan notched four of Butte Falls' nine blocks and senior hitter Sara Thompson had 12 kills.
Freshman Jessica Dunlap had six digs and Jammie McClanahan added 10 assists.
With the victory Butte Falls climbed to 7-0 in division play and 8-2 overall. The Loggers handed Prospect both of its league defeats.