-ranked Lakeview avoids a Phoenix upset bidPHOENIX ' -ranked Lakeview played its usual efficient match and emerged with a Skyline Conference volleyball victory over No. 8 Phoenix Thursday, 21-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-16.
The Pirates appeared on the verge of a major upset, winning the first game and working to a 16-16 deadlock in the second.
But the Honkers inched in front by a couple points and weren't headed thereafter.
That was just a very good match, said Phoenix coach Tom Murphy, whose team is 5-3 in the conference and 16-7 overall. There really wasn't any key breaking point. They served the ball very efficiently, and that kept us from passing as well as we normally do, which took us out of our offense. We're normally a very aggressive offensive team.
In Game 3, Lakeview (8-0 Skyline) took control early.
They just made no mental mistakes, said Murphy. They were their little efficient selves. Everything we hit over, they were able to dig up.
Lakeview was 86 of 91 at the service line, and Phoenix, which played outstanding ball the first two games, lapsed into passing and communication mistakes midway through the match.
We just got out of sync, said Murphy.
Jess Childress led the Honkers with 18 kills and 13 digs. Setter Megan Albertson had 29 assists and five blocks.
Middle hitters Kelly Meredith and Tiffany Ross were strong for the Pirates, who controlled the net much of the first two games and neutralized Childress. Meredith had 15 kills and eight blocks and Ross 14 kills and three blocks.
Phoenix setter Kelsey Russell passed for 31 assists.
HENLEY 25-25-25, ILLINOIS VALLEY 9-16-12 ' At Klamath Falls, Henley middle blocker Staci Maupin put down 20 kills and the second-ranked Hornets rolled to the decisive Skyline Conference victory.
Maupin, a 5-foot-11, senior, also had four blocks. Hornets' setter Catherine Stock had 29 assists, Michelle Klaja had four kills and Rachel Conover added three service aces for the Hornets (13-2, 7-2 Skyline).
The Cougars are now 3-4 in Skyline play.
ROGUE RIVER 26-25-25, MAZAMA 24-13-17 ' At Rogue River, Rogue River had to hold off a game point in the opener, but rolled to its fourth Skyline Conference victory of the season.
The Vikings led 24-23 in the first game before Rogue River rallied.
The Chieftains kept the momentum in Game 2 and scored 12 consecutive points on Melissa Day's service, including five aces.
Katie Glasscock led the Rogue River hitters with 13 kills. She also had 18 digs. Ashleigh Artoff had 19 assists and 10 digs. Michelle Woodall and Casey Huston had three stuff blocks apiece.
NORTH VALLEY 25-25-25-25, HIDDEN VALLEY 27-15-15-21 ' At Murphy, Elaina Renius had 21 kills, five blocks and 16 digs to lead North Valley to a Skyline Conference win.
Whitney Makepeace had 10 kills for the Knights (7-6, 4-4 Skyline), while teammate Leslie Tobin served out five aces and Carly Burns had 41 assists.
Hidden Valley's Sam Masiak had 10 kills and seven digs in the loss.
Laura Miller had 20 assists, six digs and four kills, while Keely Gill added eight kills and five digs for the Mustangs (4-8, 1-7 Skyline).
Teammate Lindsay Craig had eight kills, seven digs and four blocks and Stephanie Dean tallied four kills, seven digs, four assists and three blocks.
ST. MARY'S 25-25-25, CHILOQUIN 19-11-17 ' At Central Point, league-leading St. Mary's won its eighth straight Southern Cascade League game with a 95 percent service record.
The Crusaders (11-0, 8-0 SCL) notched 12 team service aces.
Middle blocker Christina Vaninetti finished with 12 kills and three blocks for St. Mary's. Brittany Farrer added 10 kills and three blocks.
Defensively, the Crusaders were led by Libby Trum, who had 12 digs, and Kathryn Zielony with 11.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 25-25-19-25, CHILOQUIN 15-14-25-18 '
At Central Point, senior middle Vicki Sherman had seven kills, seven blocks and six aces to pace Cascade Christian in an SCL contest at Scenic Middle School.
Kayleen Conley, also a senior middle, had 11 kills and seven digs, while Kyleen Johnson totaled 33 assists.
The Challengers improved to 6-2 in the SCL.
BUTTE FALLS 25-25-25, NORTH MEDFORD JV 12-15-10 ' At Butte Falls, junior middle Sarah Matthews had 10 service aces and junior outside Asia Million led the way with 11 kills and six digs for Butte Falls in non-conference play.
Setter Krystle Rowley had a team-high 12 assists and Kathi St. George had six aces for the Loggers, who improved to 11-2 overall.