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No. 4 Ashland lives up to billing, spanks North

ASHLAND-- If ever there was a doubt the Ashland volleyball team was for real, the Grizzlies quieted that concern with Thursday's thrashing of North Medford.

The fourth-ranked Grizzlies refused to let the Black Tornado gain any momentum in earning a 15-2, 15-2 Southern Oregon Conference victory.

Ashland coach Josh Rolfing was a little surprised by Thursday's outcome over last season's SOC champs, although his team has looked unbeatable in recent weeks.

North Medford is such a good team. They come out and no matter who they have each year, you know they're going to be fairly consistent and bring it every night, said Rolfing. For us to come out like we did tonight and put them on their heels right away is a great tribute to what kind of girls we have.

The Ashland juggernaut managed a 10-0 lead in the first game and led 5-2 in the second game before running off the match's final 10 points. The win helped the Grizzlies remain perfect in SOC play at 10-0, while improving their overall record to 17-3.

We were just juggernauts, Rolfing said of Thursday's effort. We came out and played really tough and strong and consistent for the second match in a row. As a coach, I can't ask for more than that.

Chelsea Johnson set the pace for Ashland from the service line, serving 17 times with no errors. Johnson had four aces, including three during a pivotal stretch in the second game.

Amy Williams had four kills on seven swings for Ashland, while adding six blocks from the middle.

North Medford dropped to 5-5 in SOC play.

SOUTH MEDFORD 15-15, EAGLE POINT 7-7-- Crystal Peterson had seven kills and five digs to help the Panthers get back on track in Southern Oregon Conference play.

Gina Alvis added eight digs and Annie Hoffmeier had four important service aces for South Medford, which improved to 4-6 in the SOC.

Karla Zenz, Kellie Thomas, Lynn Wooton and Megan Barry each added three kills for South (8-8 overall).

ROSEBURG 15-15, GRANTS PASS 3-6-- At Roseburg, Stephanie Nickalson had 10 kills to lead Roseburg to an easy SOC win.

Megan Morley and Shannon Burmeister each chipped in with seven kills while Randi Sloan had a team-high nine digs for the Indians.

Sloan also had four aces in a 9-for-9 effort at the service line.

With the win, Roseburg upped its overall mark to 11-10 and ran its league record to 6-4.

KLAMATH UNION 15-15, CRATER 13-12-- At Klamath Falls, Kaylene Munson and Kristina Matchett provided an effective 1-2 punch again for the Pelicans in Southern Oregon Conference action.

Munson had nine kills, eight digs, four blocks and three aces, while Matchett added 13 kills and three digs.

Jennifer Brennan had 23 assists and sophomore Maggie Fisher had nine of the Pels' 30 service points as KU improved to 8-2 in the SOC.

Crystal Galedrige had 10 kills and 10 digs to pace the Comets (5-7, 3-6 SOC). Jody McLeod added seven kills and two blocks, while Addie Wiersma had eight digs and 12 service points.