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Comets tip Eagles in marathon tilt

EAGLE POINT - The Eagle Point High volleyball team always seems to give its fans their money's worth.

The Eagles had several chances to win the third and decisive game against Crater Tuesday night only to watch the Comets walk off with a 12-15, 15-11, 20-18 Southern Oregon Conference victory.

"I've never coached a game that went to 20 points before - this was just crazy," Eagle Point coach Lisa Hutchins said. "We had them on the ropes but couldn't put them away."

Eagle Point led 6-0 and 14-8 in Game — when Crater stormed back.

"I guess they handled the pressure a little better than us," Hutchins said. "We had plenty of chances to win but just couldn't put the ball down when it counted."

Senior middle Nichollette LeBel paced the Comets with 21 kills, including three in the third game.

"It got to the point where I said, hey, Nichollette is going to carry us," Crater coach Leaf Jensen said. "And she did. She was on fire."

Adie Wiersma added 13 digs, Audrey Hop had 10 and Megan Dode came up with three match-saving digs in Game 3.

For Eagle Point, senior outside hitter Dani Rouhier had 16 kills, while senior middle Kara Stuart had eight kills, 17 digs and 16 service points.

Junior defensive specialist Michelle Canale added 23 digs for the Eagles, who fell to 3-6 in the SOC.

Crater improved to 5-3 in conference play and strengthened its hold on third place.

? ASHLAND 15-15, GRANTS PASS 10-8 - At Ashland, Marla Morin had nine kills and four blocks to help Ashland slip past Grants Pass for a Southern Oregon Conference win.

The Grizzlies raced to a 5-0 lead in Game 1, but April Darby rattled off seven straight service points to stake the Cavers a 7-5 advantage.

Ashland battled back to coast to the win.

Molly Grossmann had 19 assists and two aces, while Kacey Zundel and Tiffany Talbott had 11 and 10 digs, respectively.

The Grizzlies improved to 11-5 overall and 7-2 in the SOC.

NORTH MEDFORD 15-15, KLAMATH UNION 5-8- North Medford jumped to a 5-0 lead in Game — and a 6-0 advantage in Game 2 in breezing past Klamath Union.

Senior middle Chaley Higgins had five kills and senior right side Krystal Young added three kills and five digs for the Black Tornado, now 4-5 in the SOC and 9-8 overall.

Young was at the service line for North Medford when it scored the first five points of Game 1, while Tia Lawson served the opening six points of Game 2.

The Tornado posted a season-high nine aces.

ROSEBURG 15-15, SOUTH MEDFORD 10-9- Meagan Shanahan had five kills and led a solid South Medford defensive effort with 13 digs in a Southern Oregon Conference loss to fifth-ranked Roseburg.

The Panthers rallied from a 6-1 deficit in Game 2 to take a 7-6 lead. But the Indians came back to take the game.

Natasha Wright led the Panthers (7-11, 3-6 SOC) with eight kills, while Amanda Cox added six.

Shannon Burmeister had eight kills, and Kristen Bitter had five kills and seven blocks for Roseburg. The Indians are 21-2 overall and 9-0 in the SOC.