No. 3 Ashland netters sweep Crater
CENTRAL POINT — Crater lost in three straight games to Ashland, the state's third-ranked Class 5A volleyball team, Tuesday.
But Comets coach Kristina Alvarez wasn't disheartened after the 25-17, 25-22, 25-17 Southern Sky setback.
"Ashland is a tough team," she said. "We had our moments where we were playing as well as them. It was a decent match for us. I went into the locker room on a positive note. The girls know what we need to do to learn and adjust in order to beat Ashland. We are ready to compete with them."
In Game 2, the Grizzlies held a 22-21 lead before finishing off the Comets to improve to 7-5 overall, 4-0 in the SSC.
Crater is 2-5 and 1-3.
For the Comets, Taylor Mackey had eight kills and 11 digs, Kayla Hopkinson had 16 assists and three blocks, and Dennae Grant had 16 digs and two aces.
KLAMATH UNION 3, EAGLE POINT 2 — At Eagle Point, Klamath Union scored the final three points to overcome match point, 18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 17-15.
Kristin Wyatt had a team-high 22 kills and Hannah Mason added 14 kills in the loss for Eagle Point. Teammates Christine McCready and Erica Wood had 10 kills and 34 assists, respectively.
ROSEBURG 3, NORTH MEDFORD 1 — At Roseburg, North Medford had another epic game with Roseburg, but this time it didn't lead to a victory in Southwest Conference volleyball.
Roseburg eked out a thrilling fourth and final game to defeat the host Black Tornado, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 27-25.
In an earlier win over the Indians, North won the third game, 28-26, and took the match in four games.
"We're fairly evenly matched, but they have a couple hitters that we don't have who can put the ball away at will," said coach Erika Wright of the Tornado (10-12, 2-3 SWC).
One of them is Devin Belsche. North stayed close in Game 4 with the help of Roseburg hitting errors but fell behind when Belsche and the Indians cleaned up their play.
For the Tornado, Danielle Boyd had eight kills, 16 assists and nine digs, and Caiti Barrie shut down the Roseburg middles with five blocks to go with three kills.
Hillevi Johnson mustered eight kills and 14 digs, and libero Logan Hagey had 14 digs.
SHELDON 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — At Eugene, the South Medford block was ineffective against the athletic Sheldon front row and the Irish registered a 25-11, 25-12, 25-9 victory to remain unbeaten in the conference.
Junior outside hitter Madi Sash paced South Medford with eight kills and senior outside Ashley Denn added four kills and 11 digs.
Amanda Gardner, a junior libero, came up with 10 digs and setter Sam Owirka passed out 12 assists for the Panthers.