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Pirates serve up another victory


ROGUE RIVER-- The Phoenix volleyball team served its way to a 15-4, 15-7 Skyline Conference win over Rogue River Tuesday.

The Pirates hit on 44 of their 49 attempts from the service line, forcing the Chieftains into numerous receiving errors.

Lindsey Burdon toed the service line 14 times and connected on 12 with a team high six aces.

They really struggled receiving the ball tonight, said Phoenix coach Tom Murphy. We really forced their hand by keeping the ball in play.

In the first game, Phoenix jumped out to a 14-1 lead before cruising to the win.

Tara Kirk and Sam Hollinder passed the ball well from the back row while Sutton Jackson and Allison Machado also had stellar games.

We did a great job of passing the ball, said Murphy. Our back row distributed the ball well all night.

Rogue River made a game of it in the second match, trailing 8-7 before Phoenix cruised to seven unanswered points.

It took us a while to get rid of them in that second game, said Murphy. But they started struggle with their receiving again, which allowed us to pull away.

With the win, the Pirates upped their record to 13-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play.

LAKEVIEW 15-15, HIDDEN VALLEY 10-2-- At Lakeview, Jamie Ruda, Kristi Albertson and Frances Hartman all had five kills to lead Lakeview.

Lakeview was 39-for-42 serving.

It was the Honkers sixth Skyline Conference win against one loss. They trail front-running Henley (7-0) by one game entering the second half of conference play Thursday.

Lakeview has a 17-3 overall record.

HENLEY 15-17, NORTH VALLEY 7-15-- At Klamath Falls, Henley went 47-of-49 at the service line en route to a Skyline win.

Erica Ramirez led the serving attack for the Hornets with two aces while Krystal Young net play with six blocks.

Henley held a 6-1 lead in the second game before North Valley charged back to grab a brief 15-14 lead.

The Hornets (18-3, 7-0 Skyline) put the game away behind six kills from Bree Maupen.

ST. MARY'S 18-14-15, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 16-16-12-- Megan Dode was 18-for-18 at the service line to lead the No. 2 ranked Challengers to a hard fought win.

St. Mary's ran out to a 13-4 lead in the first game, only to watch Cascade Christian fight back and eventually tie the contest.

Dode closed it out, serving the final point for the Challengers.

St. Mary's was on the other end of the stick in the third game, trailing 8-3 before rallying back for the win.

Jenny Gritsch had two aces in the comeback for the Challengers (17-3, 3-0 SCL).

Kristen Zielony had 13 digs and five blocks while Christina Vaninetti contributed three kills and the match winning block.

Whitney Brookins led Cascade Christian with 24 assists. Krystie Holtz had nine kills and Kelly Clarke 8.

BONANZA 15-15, LOST RIVER 13-8-- At Lost River, Krista Nieraeth had six kills, two aces and three digs to lead Bonanza.

Katie Hitt totaled three blocks and three kills for the Antlers while Brandy Maddock chipped in with eight assists and four digs.

Bonanza moved to 3-0 in the Southern Cascade League.