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Phoenix serves up victory

PREP VOLLEYBALL

KLAMATH FALLS-- Four Mazama players were held out of the lineup for disciplinary reasons in the first game, and the Pirates took full advantage Tuesday night in racking up a 15-4, 15-1 Skyline Conference volleyball win.

The victory allowed Phoenix to remain in a third-place tie with Rogue River.

Beth Nikodym had six kills to lead Phoenix, while Allison Machado had five and Sam Hollander added three from the back row.

Tara Kirk and Hollander played well in the back row, combing for 11 digs.

Phoenix was 41-of-42 at the service line led by Lindsey Bourdon, who was 11-of-11.

ROGUE RIVER 15-15, ILLINOIS VALLEY 12-12-- At Cave Junction, senior setter Cheryl Giles had a team-high 12 digs and 21 assists as Rogue River's defense proved to be the difference.

The Chieftains' defense was able to neutralize the tough jump serving by Illinois Valley's Emily Hoskins.

Rogue River sophomore middle Jennifer Kay had seven kills, six digs and four blocks.

Brittney Artoff and Katie Glasscock helped the Rogue River defensive effort with eight digs each.

The Chieftains received strong serving from Becky Grinde (14-for-14) and Kelly Simmons (8-for-8).

HENLEY 15-15, HIDDEN VALLEY 6-0-- At Klamath Falls, the Hornets were 29-of-31 serving in dominating the Mustangs.

Henley moved to 5-0 in the Skyline Conference and 13-3 overall.

Erika Clements of Henley served for nine straight points in the first game and Kiley St. John had nine straight in Game 2.

Sam Young had four kills for Henley and Liza DeJong had three.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 15-15, GLENDALE 6-9-- At Glendale, Cascade Christian sophomore middle Kristen Salmone dominated the net with eight blocks in the non-conference match.

The Challengers (10-2) pounded five aces and had some effective short serving against Glendale's deep serve receive.

Cascade Christian junior Kelly Clarke contributed six kills, while senior Bethany Weaver added six digs.

ST. MARY'S 11-15-15, GOLD BEACH 15-8-2-- Sixth-ranked and host St. Mary's started slowly and then dominated the final two games in beating third-ranked Class 2A team in the state.

St. Mary's improved its overall record to 15-2.

The Crusaders open their league season Saturday with a doubleheader against Lost River.

Maren Zielony led St. Mary's with 14 kills and seven digs. Christina Vaninetti had four kills and four blocks.