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Chieftains force Skyline 3-way tie

ROGUE RIVER -- Rogue River has made a mess of things in the Skyline Conference volleyball standings, and that's exactly what coach Brianna Grieve had hoped for.

Grieve's Chieftains defeated Phoenix 15-11, 15-6 on Thursday night and the result left a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings between Rogue River, Phoenix and North Valley.

All three teams earned a berth in the league playoffs with 8-6 records, but a coin flip was needed today to determine which team was positioned where.

Lakeview won the conference title with a 14-0 record and Henley was second at 12-2.

Our girls came through in a big match and hopefully we can carry this momentum into the playoffs, Grieve said. This wasn't our best match of the season, but we did some good things at the right time.

Rogue River jumped out to an 11-2 lead in Game — only to watch the Pirates rally into an 11-11 tie. After that, Rebecca Grinde, Amber Goodwin and Crystal Worthington each scored a point or two at the service line as the Chiefs pulled out the win.

In Game 2, Worthington was 7-for-7 at the service line, Mindy Yost registered four of her six stuff blocks and Pam Roberts came off the bench for two important kills as the Chiefs rolled.

LAKEVIEW 15-15, HIDDEN VALLEY 10-4 -- At Murphy, Lakeview clinched the Skyline Conference title with a 14-0 record, improving to 32-2 overall.

Lakeview receives the automatic berth into the Class 3A state tournament that begins Nov. 13 at Gill Colesium in Corvallis.

The Honkers were led by Erika Coon and Jamie Ruda with nine kills each.

The Mustangs were led by Emily Lenahan and Felicia Lorelli with five kills each and Melissa Sayer with four.

HENLEY 15-15, NORTH VALLEY 2-6 -- At Klamath Falls, junior hitter Brayndi McElfresh had three of Henley's nine aces and sophomore setter Breanna Maupin had four kills.

The victory secured Henley second place in District 6. The Hornets will play host to the No. — team from the Far West League on Nov. 7, with the winner moving on to the state tournament.

Henley is 12-2 in league play and 22-7 overall.

MAZAMA 15-15, ILLINOIS VALLEY 6-14 -- At Klamath Falls, one day after spraining her ankle in practice, Carly Blank had her best match of the season in leading Mazama to the District 6 victory.

Blank, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter, had four kills and five aces as the Vikings ended their season on a winning note and pushed their league mark to 3-11.

ST. MARY'S 15-17, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1-15 -- At Central Point, Cascade Christian staved off three match points as fifth-ranked St. Mary's completed the Southern Cascade League regular season at 10-0 with the victory at Scenic Middle School.

St. Mary's used six aces to cruise to a victory in the opening game. Crystal Galedrige served the first five points, including three with aces, to get the Crusaders off to a fast start. Then St. Mary's ended the game on an ace by Kristen Zielony.

The second game was entirely different. Cascade held leads of 7-2 and 11-6, before St. Mary's tied the game at 11. Samantha Greenlee served three straight points to put St. Mary's at match point, but the Challengers responded by holding on until Lani Brophy served the final two points.

Greenlee was 7-of-7 serving with five points in the second game.

Kristen Zielony led St. Mary's with six kills and two blocks and Becky Naumes added four kills and 10 digs.

BUTTE FALLS 15-15, HOSANNA 2-2 -- At Butte Falls, sophomore Elizabeth McLauchlan led the Loggers to another dominant victory with five kills.

Sara Thompson was 6-for-7 from the service line with five digs and sophomore setter Jammie McClanahan had six assists.

In Game 2 sophomore hitter Jade Torres served points 1-10, including three aces.

Butte Falls remained unbeaten in league play at 9-0 and is 10-2 overall.