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Soaring Ashland thumps Indians


ASHLAND-- The fourth-ranked Ashland volleyball team continued to roll along Tuesday, finishing off visiting Roseburg in 40 minutes, 15-12, 15-4, in Southern Oregon Conference play.

The Grizzlies, fresh off their upset of then-No. — Central Catholic last the weekend, jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the opening match before the Indians clawed back to within 9-8.

Ashland regained its composure then ran away to the win.

We jumped out to that early lead and kind of relaxed a bit, said Ashland coach Josh Rolfing. After that we settled down and got back to the fundamentals.

Chelsea Johnson led the Grizzlies at the service line with a team high four aces.

It seems like every game Chelsea is leading the team in aces, said Rolfing. She is just very consistent for us. As a team we only missed three serves.

Loriana Berman and Amy Williams each had eight digs for Ashland. Berman also had nine kills while Williams was right behind her with eight. Rachael Karlin led the Grizzlies (17-3, 7-0 SOC) with four solo blocks up front.

In the second game, Ashland jumped ahead and never looked back.

It was just a tremendous team effort tonight, said Rolfing. Every game, the girls go out and play very sound fundamentally. It's always a different individual who steps it up for us.

KLAMATH UNION 15-15, EAGLE POINT 6-2-- At Klamath Falls, Kaylene Munson led the Pelicans with 11 kills, seven digs and five blocks and Jennifer Brennan had 25 assists.

Kylie Bray had five kills for Klamath Union and eight digs as the Pelicans improved 5-2 in the SOC.

CRATER 15-15, GRANTS PASS 3-12-- At Grants Pass, Crater stormed to a 14-1 lead in the first game and other than a short letdown in the second game, the Comets dominated.

Jody McLeod had five kills and three solo blocks for the Comets. Teammate Brandi Hall had six digs and six kills.

Grants Pass led 10-5 in the second game before the Comets rallied to close out the match.

Crater is 2-5 in the Southern Oregon Conference and 4-6 overall.