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Tornado sweeps Panthers in straight sets

After winning the first two games, North Medford didn't want to give South Medford an opening to get back into the volleyball match before a large crowd on senior night and Breast Cancer Awareness night at the Black Tornado gym.

The Panthers pushed their cross-town rival in the final set but North prevailed with a 25-19, 25-11, 25-22 Southwest Conference victory.

"When you have a rivalry like this, momentum is everything," said North Medford first-year coach Erika Wright. "The girls did a great job of focusing on the task to beat South efficiently. We got after them and were aggressive."

Team captain Hillevi Johnson, a senior outside hitter, paced the Black Tornado with 11 kills, 11 digs and three aces and defensive specialist Linnaea Sunk contributed seven digs.

"We did a great job of serving with pace," said Wright. "It threw South out of their system more times than not. We were disciplined. Each person was doing their job."

For South Medford, sophomore setter Sam Owirka passed out 21 assists. Ashley Denn, a senior outside, pounded six kills and middle Krista Larson provided four blocks.

North Medford, the SWC No. 4 team, will advance to the state playoffs for the 20th consecutive year. The Black Tornado opens postseason play on the road Nov. 4.

ROSEBURG 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Roseburg, Hannah Johnson had five kills and five blocks for Grants Pass, which was swept by Roseburg 25-11, 25-10, 25-18.

Mikayla Morgan added 15 assists and Grace Marsh had 12 digs for the Cavers.

Southern Sky Conference

CRATER 3, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Kayla Hopkinson managed the floor well at setter for Crater and Taylor Mackey was solid at outside hitter to lead the Comets to a 25-21, 25-15, 25-17 victory.

Mackey finished with 13 kills, 13 digs and three aces, while Crater (4-3 SSC) also got strong play from Jaime Boskovich (seven kills) and Sarah Haga (five kills, four blocks).

Kristin Wyatt had 11 kills and Jenna Richardson added five kills for Eagle Point (4-9, 2-5 SSC), while Lesley Nielson had 19 digs.

After a back-and-forth first game, Crater built big leads in the final two games to pull away.

ASHLAND 3, MAZAMA 0 — At Klamath Falls, Nikki Small had 13 kills and Sam Boehnke added nine kills and two blocks to lead Ashland to the 25-12, 25-9, 25-18 victory.

Callie McCoy added 34 assists and two aces, and the Grizzlies (7-0 SSC) also received 18 digs and four aces from Ila Sturges and 21 digs and two aces from Piper Cantrell.

Skyline Conference

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Murphy, Kelsey Lack tallied eight digs and five aces and Jayna Lack had five kills and four digs to lead Hidden Valley to the 25-6, 25-11, 25-12 victory.

Lacey Wood added six kills and four aces for the Mustangs (6-2 Skyline).

HENLEY 3, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Cori Wallace paced Henley with 29 assists in the 25-18, 25-18, 25-13 victory.

Autumn Wedan contributed 21 kills, while sophomore Anne Goodell went 13-for-13 serving with three aces to help Henley improve to 8-0 in league play and 31-2 overall.

Sunset League

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, REEDSPORT 0 ­— At Reedsport, Breanna Holtz led Cascade Christian with 31 assists, nine digs and two aces in the 25-10, 25-8, 25-12 Sunset League win.

Becca Sellers pounded home 21 kills and Nikki Jones added eight digs and three aces for the Challengers (13-0 Sunset), while Amanda Kinney chipped in with eight digs, six kills and one ace.

GOLD BEACH 3, ROGUE RIVER 2 — At Rogue River, Gold Beach scored the final four points of a pivotal Game 5 to earn the Sunset League victory, 25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-10.

Jesse Sondag had 12 kills, 16 digs and two blocks for Rogue River (7-8, 6-7 Sunset), and teammate Alli Ehrhardt added 15 blocks, 10 kills and nine digs. McKenzie Cates chipped in 15 digs, two kills and two aces.

Southern Cascade League

ST. MARY'S 3, LOST RIVER 0 — Third-ranked St. Mary's improved to 8-0 in league play with a 25-9, 25-15, 25-20 triumph.

St. Mary's was led by senior outside hitter Danielle Shubat's eight kills, four aces and nine digs. Junior middle hitter Kylee Adderson had 11 kills and two blocks, and junior Samantha Bayer contributed eight digs.

The Crusaders will next host a playoff game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.