Grizzlies rebound with victory over Panthers
Ashland, the preseason favorite to defend its Southern Oregon Conference volleyball crown, rebounded from an opening-night loss and swept South Medford Tuesday, 25-10, 25-23, 25-19.
It's a tough time to get a good team after they've just had a tough loss, said South coach Adam Wagman. We weren't quite ready that first game to give it all we could.
Both teams were playing their second matches in successive nights.
Ashland had fallen to North Medford on Monday, and South was extended in a taxing win over Crater.
I think we were a little tired, said Wagman.
— Ashland put together several runs that enabled it to pull away in the opener. The Grizzlies had a five-point stretch and three three-point skeins.
You just can't give up those kinds of runs, said Wagman, much less to five consecutive servers.
The Panthers were much more competitive in Game 2, trailing 21-8 but charging back to within 24-23 before Ashland closed it out.
Rachael Bailey, Christine Meyerding and Stephanie Anderberg served most of the points in the comeback.
For Ashland, Chelsea Van Lehn had 11 kills and hit .500 for the match. She also had seven digs and two solo blocks.
Corey Van Landingham recorded six kills and nine digs, Lindsey Stone notched 24 assists and Chey Hale had five aces.
For the Panthers (1-2, 1-1 SOC), Jen Mendenhall tallied nine kills on 14 attempts and no errors. She also had four blocks.
Emily Marshall and Meyerding each had eight digs, and Anderberg contributed 26 assists.
NORTH MEDFORD 25-25-17-25, CRATER 18-15-25-13 ' At Central Point, Jenna Siebenlist powered North Medford to the SOC triumph with six kills, no errors and a hitting percentage of .400.
The senior outside, who also had nine digs and three solo blocks, was credited by coach Ron Beick for keeping the Black Tornado steady following an emotional victory over Ashland the night before.
Jessica Walters added nine kills for North, and Laura Tarkon produced 14 digs.
Haley Hevern, a freshman outside, was strong for Crater, posting 13 digs and six kills.
Dimitra Green added five kills and three blocks, and Becca Shelamer chipped in 12 digs.
EAGLE POINT 25-23-25-25, KLAMATH UNION 18-25-17-6 ' At Eagle Point, Amanda Grieve and Shannon Richardson highlighted a strong serving night for Eagle Point with long runs in the first and fourth games as the Eagles improved to 1-1 in the SOC and 4-1 overall.
Grieve served 10 straight points, including four aces, in Game 4 to seal the match.
Richardson had a run of nine points to close out Game 1. She also had 13 kills in the match.
Ashley Curtis added 11 kills and four stuff blocks in the win, and Nicole Lucas contributed seven kills.
ROSEBURG 25-25-25, GRANTS PASS 13-22-17 ' At Grants Pass, Roseburg had control of the entire match, even though Grants Pass made a run in the second game of the SOC match.
For Roseburg (2-0 SOC), Tera Thompson had eight kills, Emily Waldron seven kills and four aces, Katie Fuller six kills and eight blocks and Lindsy Bartholomew 24 assists.
Grants Pass (1-1 SOC) got strong play from Katie Tardieu, Ashley Franko and Shanna Claflin. Tardieu had 11 digs, Franko eight digs and Claflin seven kills.