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Grizz netters rocked

Staff and Wire Reports —

ROSEBURG - Fourth-ranked Ashland missed six serves in — a hard fought game 2 loss and never recovered in a 25-18, 25-23, 25-13 — Southern Oregon Conference-opening loss to Roseburg on Tuesday.

"We got thumped," Ashland coach Josh Rohlfing said. "It's — like I've been saying - we're young and we're just really inexperienced — and just mentally not very tough yet."

Roseburg, which is experienced thanks to eight returning — seniors, scored a resounding victory before its home crowd in its first — SOC match since capturing the 2003 league title.

"It was important for us to take care of things at home," — said Indians coach Bruce Myers. "We think Ashland will be one of the best — teams in the league. They have some young players, and they'll only get — better as the season goes along."

The Grizzlies, who lost eight seniors from their co-runner-up — finish last season, rebounded from the opening-game defeat with a stronger — effort in Game 2.

But the missed serves spelled doom for Ashland, and Roseburg — easily closed out the match with a dominating performance in the third — game.

Emily Waldron led the Roseburg attack with 11 kills and — eight serving aces, while Brittany Belshe had five kills and three aces, — and Corynn Jorgensen recorded five kills and nine digs.

Junior Jessica Walters, a North Medford transfer, managed — five kills and seven digs to lead Ashland.

Teammate Lindsey Stone had four digs and notched 13 assists — and Maddison Thivierge added four kills.

"They put the pressure on us and we didn't handle it very — well," Rohlfing said. "It's going to take some time. I don't think we — can legitimately say we're going to have a turnaround like last year. — It's not like we can change it match to match. This is going to be a process."

Boys' Soccer

At Roseburg, senior forward Thomas Golding celebrated — his birthday by scoring a hat trick to help Ashland overcome an early — deficit and beat Roseburg 4-1 in both teams SOC-opener on Tuesday.

The Indians scored in the fourth minute, but Ashland tied — it on Corey Costantino's header seven minutes later and it was all Ashland — after that.

With Ashland already holding a 2-1 halftime edge, Golding — gave the Grizzlies a cushion by adding his second and third goals in the — 60th and 67th minute.

The Grizzlies continue their double round robin SOC campaign — Saturday against Grants Pass, at the Ashland Middle School upper field.

Pro Football —

Former Southern Oregon running back Dusty McGrorty has — been signed to the St. Louis Rams' practice squad, as expected.

The team had told the Warrenton native he would be cut — after the final preseason game, then re-signed once he cleared waivers, — and it followed through Monday, according to the team's Web site.

McGrorty will make about half of the $230,000 for which — he originally signed.

McGrorty shattered 10 school or Northwest small-college — records and compiled 5,414 rushing yards and 79 touchdowns during his — Raider career.