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Skyline title goes to hot Lakeview

LAKEVIEW -- Before a packed gymnasium and an electric atmosphere, the Lakeview High volleyball team did something it hadn't done in nine years on Tuesday night -- win the Skyline Conference championship.

Outside hitters Erika Coon and Jamie Ruda banged home nine kills apiece, freshman middle blocker Frances Hartman added seven kills and senior setter Katie Ruda racked up 26 assists as the Honkers beat Henley 15-11, 15-7.

The victory completed a rare season sweep over the Hornets and boosted Lakeview to 13-0 in conference play. The Honkers, who haven't lost in more than a month, wind up their regular season on Thursday against Hidden Valley.

This is what the girls work hard for -- a night like this, Lakeview coach Barry Shullanberger said. We had a great crowd and the teams were pumped up. It was fun.

It was particularly enjoyable for the Honkers, who overcame an early 5-2 deficit in Game — behind the play of Coon. The 5-foot-7 outside hitter served five straight points and then the Honkers got two key blocks from Hartman that sent them on their way.

Katie Ruda's setting and Coon's hitting were the key elements in Game 2 as Lakeview boosted its season record to a spiffy 31-2. The Honkers have not dropped a match since the weekend of Sept. 25-26 when they lost to Lowry High of Winnemucca, Nev. Their other setback was to Liberty Christian High of Redding, Calif.

ROGUE RIVER 15-15, MAZAMA 2-13 -- Senior setter Mindi Yost was 5-for-5 serving with three aces and 31 assists to lead Rogue River past Mazama in a District 6 encounter.

Senior hitter Krista Worthington was 7-for-7 from the service line with nine kills and 11 digs.

Amber Goodwin had six kills for the Chieftains, who can earn a playoff berth with a victory over District 6 opponent Phoenix on Thursday.

PHOENIX 15-15, ILLINOIS VALLEY 5-8 -- At Phoenix, Beth Nikodym turned into a one-person wrecking crew for Phoenix as she went 19-of-20 at the service line with six aces.

Nikodym served points four through 12 in Game — and was on the serving line for 10 points in Game 2 as the Pirates thumped Illinois Valley and improved to 8-5 in Skyline play.

Sophomore middle hitter Sutton Jackson contributed four kills and junior Janene Murphy provided steady play at setter.

NORTH VALLEY 15-15, HIDDEN VALLEY 4-7 -- At Cave Merlin, Sarah Towns North Valley with eight kills and four blocks and teammate Amanda Renius added four kills and four blocks.

BUTTE FALLS 15-15, NEW HOPE 0-4 -- Butte Falls won the Skyline A Southern Division title with a dominant victory over New Hope.

Sophomore Jammie McClanahan led the Loggers with four assists and four kills.

Sara Thompson also had four kills and Sara Lawrence had five digs.

Butte Falls remained unbeaten (8-0) in league play and is 9-2 overall.