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Grizzlies pull out gritty road win

Shorthanded and down a set, the Ashland High volleyball team leaned on its depth to pull out a gritty four-set comeback victory over Springfield on Thursday in Eugene.

Myla Norvell had 13 kills and 20 digs and Karlie Richardson 38 assists as the Grizzlies overcame the absence of three key players to defeat the Millers, 23-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-20, in a Midwestern League match at Churchill High.

“I think we had a new lineup and we just had to work out the kinks in the first set, and after that the team really gelled well,” Ashland coach Robin Akpan said. “We started playing our system and our game.”

Marina Tacconi added 10 kills, Payton Onesti nine aces and Lili Smith six kills and five blocks for the Grizzlies, who improved to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the Midwestern. Springfield fell to 2-8 overall, 2-4 in the MWL.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Grizzlies, who host Churchill next Thursday.

Boys Soccer

Hersson Guitron and Kyle Owings tallied two goals apiece as South Medford broke loose in the second half to top Ashland 7-2 Thursday at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.

Guitron scored in the 15th minute for the Panthers (4-1-2, 2-0-1 Southwest Conference) but Ashland tied the score 1-all before the half.

Guitron gave the Panthers the lead for good in the 50th minute before getting two straight by Owings at the 43rd- and 62nd-minute marks.

Diego Rodriguez and John Henry Gaffney both scored and assisted for the Panthers.

Men’s Soccer

The Southern Oregon University men's soccer team's 4:30 p.m. game today at 14th-ranked Corban has been selected as the NAIA Network Men's Soccer Game of the Week.

SOU (7-2 overall, 2-2 Cascade Conference), which won its notched its first two CCC wins last weekend over Multnomah and Walla, will attempt to become the first team to knock off the Warriors (7-0, 2-0). Then the Raiders will travel to Eugene to meet Northwest Christian (1-5-1, 0-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Corban, Rocky Mountain and Evergreen are the only unbeaten CCC teams, and SOU is one of six squads with at least two wins. The Raiders will be back in Ashland next week to host Warner Pacific and Eastern Oregon.