Eagle Point scores upset in Roseburg tourney
ROSEBURG ' It took three sets, but the Eagle Point volleyball team made sure host Roseburg wouldn't stay unbeaten in the 12-team Roseburg Tournament on Saturday.
In a match that had the look of a postseason affair, the Eagles handed the Indians their lone defeat with a 25-23, 13-25, 15-12 victory in the championship game.
That was probably one of the coolest defensive games I've ever seen, said Eagle Point coach Briana Groves. Our strong serve and our net play was a little bit stronger than theirs and I think that's what put us over the top.
Roseburg did play awesome, though. It was just a very intense match.
— The Indians went 6-0 in pool play, then took out South Eugene in the quarterfinals, 25-20, 25-27, 16-14, and Grants Pass in the semifinals, 25-19, 21-25, 15-12, before running into Eagle Point.
The Eagles defeated South Medford, which finished second behind Roseburg at 3-3 in its pool play, 25-19, 25-17, then slipped past Crook County, 19-25, 25-23, 15-9, en route to the title game.
Ashley Curtis and Nicole Lucas each had 10 kills, with Curtis adding a team-high four stuff blocks.
Amanda Grieve finished with three straight service aces in the title match.
That's probably the moment we shook them (Roseburg) up, Groves said of Grieve's aces. It really put us over the edge and gave us the confidence we needed.
In consolation action, North Medford cruised to the championship with a 25-19, 25-18 victory over Crescent Valley.
Jessica Walters had a team-high eight kills to lead North and Jenna Siebenlist contributed four digs.
In the consolation semifinals, Allanah Munson had 18 assists and four kills, while Walters led the way again with eight kills during a 25-19, 25-15 win over Crater.
Grants Pass, which took second in its pool, opened the bracket portion of the tournament with a 25-21, 18-25, 15-10 victory over North Bend to set up the match with Roseburg.
In pool play, Grants Pass took out North Medford, 25-13, 25-22, and Coquille, 25-18, 25-16, before losing to Crook County, 20-25, 24-26.
Middle hitters Erin Glovinsky and Shanna Claflin helped spur the Cavers with strong play, while setter Justine Hix was solid during the five games for Grants Pass.
OAKRIDGE TOURNAMENT ' At Oakridge, St. Mary's couldn't quite overcome the height advantage put on the court by Santiam Christian as the Eagles won the championship match of the Oakridge Tournament.
Buoyed by two front-line players standing 6-foot-2, Santiam Christian edged the Crusaders 23-25, 25-17, 15-9.
Senior outside hitter Kathryn Zielony, who was named to the all-tournament team, had six kills and 15 digs to pace St. Mary's (0-2) in the championship.
Senior outside hitter Chrissy Seus added 10 kills and seven digs for the Crusaders, who advanced to the title match by posting a 3-1 record in pool play and a victory over Central Linn in bracket play.
GLENDALE TOURNAMENT ' At Glendale, Audrey Holmes totaled 21 digs and recorded 12 service aces to lead Cascade Christian to a semifinal appearance in the Glendale Tournament.
The Challengers, which lost to host Glendale 25-23, 20-25, 11-15 in the semifinals, finished 4-2 in pool play.
Cascade Christian took a 26-24, 25-22 match from Butte Falls in the opening game of bracket play before the semifinal loss.
Kyleen Johnson led Cascade Christian with nine stuff blocks, while Natalie Dicus recorded 29 kills over the two matches.
Butte Falls (1-3) finished third in pool play.
Senior Kathi St. George had a team-high 21 kills and five aces for the Loggers, while middle blocker Cassy Bartel recorded eight blocks. Asia Million led the way with 21 digs and Brianna Smeltz set the table with 40 assists.