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South netters continue decline with loss to Cavers


GRANTS PASS-- When South Medford upset Southern Oregon Conference volleyball title contender Klamath Union a week ago, it appeared the Panthers program was on the upswing.

But since then, South Medford has not played well and dropped two straight conference matches.

The Panthers were inconsistent again Tuesday and Grants Pass capitalized with a 15-3, 15-9 victory at Heater-Newman Memorial Gymnasium.

Grants Pass took every gift we gave them and used it, said South Medford coach Jerry Hagstrom. We helped them by missing what seemed like every other serve.

The Panthers only had four aces in the match and Hagstrom estimates his squad served no better than 70 percent.

Our confidence is at a low ebb, said Hagstrom. They had a good outside attack and we had no block. We passed poorly and had no consistent attack.

Senior outside hitter Crystal Peterson led the Panthers with five kills and Carrie Doren added three.

KLAMATH UNION 15-12-15, NORTH MEDFORD 11-15-12-- At Klamath Falls, North Medford held a 6-1 lead in the decisive third game, but Kylie Braw's serving helped Klamath Union rally.

Braw served seven straight points, including two aces, to give the Pels a 14-10 lead after trailing 10-7.

Klamath Union received outstanding production from front row players Kaylene Munson and Kristina Matchett. Munson had 20 kills, seven blocks and nine digs, while Matchett contributed 20 kills, three blocks and 12 digs.

Braw added 14 digs and six kills.

North received some good defensive play in the middle from Chaley Higgins and Helen Williams. Junior Jill Carrigan turned in a versatile performance for the Black Tornado.

ASHLAND 16-11-15, CRATER 14-15-7-- At Central Point, Ashland (12-2, 6-0 SOC) rallied to win from a 10-1 deficit in the first game to set the tone for a wild SOC matchup.

Crater held the lead before freshman Lichan Murray stepped up to the service line and rattled off seven straight points to get the Grizzlies back into the contest.

With the score knotted at three in the third game, Leslie Brown served eight straight points, including three aces, to key the Ashland win.

Lorianna Berman had 12 kills and 14 digs to lead Ashland. Maggy Dunlap had 10 digs for the Comets while Crystal Galedridge had 11 digs and six kills. Jody McCloud had seven kills and five solo blocks to lead Crater.

ROSEBURG 15-15, EAGLE POINT 7-11-- At Eagle Point, the Eagles limped into the Southern Oregon Conference tilt and added another casualty in a rough league loss.

Already without middle hitter Adrian Lass, Eagle Point (0-5) lost outside hitter Alaina Corliss on the first play of the match to a knee injury. Lass previously suffered a rotator cuff tear.

Eagle Point trailed 14-3 in the second game before rallying to make it 14-11, with Misty Burnhardt serving four straight points in the game.

Burnhardt finished with seven kills, while Becca Heady added nine digs and freshman setter Aubrey Harrington had 25 assists for the Eagles.