Ashland evens mark against Eagle Point
EAGLE POINT — Ashland evened its 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid volleyball record against Eagle Point at 1-1 with a 26-24, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17 victory Thursday.
The two teams play for the third and final time Oct. 27 to decide the league champion.
Christine McCready had a big game for the Eagles (9-5, 1-1 SOH), with 18 kills, 12 blocks and 42 digs, but it was the Grizzlies' Piper Cantrell who controlled the match.
"We'd go to kill and she always had her hands there," said Eagle Point coach Elizabeth Bilden. "She played phenomenally, I'm not gonna lie. She was getting every ball, and we weren't just patty-caking it over. We were hitting it hard."
Ashland is 5-6 and 1-1.
Crater had beaten the Grizzlies twice before — once in a tournament — so Bilden expected it would be an inspired Ashland team on the floor.
"We had a feeling they would come out and play their best," she said, noting the Grizzlies were off a five-set win over Crater. "It was good competition. We didn't do the little things to push through, which we're gonna fix."
Amanda Kady had 18 blocks, Jenna Richardson 14 kills and Carolina Regalado 36 assists for the Eagles. Lesley Neilson chipped in 48 digs and Erica Wood had 31.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, CRATER 1 — At Central Point, South Medford rallied from a loss in the first set to dispatch Crater in SOH play, 20-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-15.
Sam Owirka recorded 16 kills and 17 digs for the Panthers (6-6, 3-3 SOH), and Bree Polk had 13 kills and three blocks. Libero Emily Cutting produced 18 digs, and setter Chandler Criswell had 39 assists.
The Comets (1-10, 0-5 SWC) received 18 digs from Courtney Zillagrana, six kills from Lily Kuropat and three blocks from Rachel Kingslien.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 2 — Mariah Williams helped North Medford jump out to a big lead in the fifth game and Caitlin Barrie helped the host Black Tornado hold on, 25-22, 16-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-10.
Williams served six straight points to give North (10-5, 5-1 SOH) a 7-2 lead. After Grants Pass trimmed it to 11-9, Barrie served three in a row.
Williams also compiled 12 kills and 18 digs, and Barrie had 14 kills and four blocks.
Elle Bixler had 10 kills and six blocks for the Black Tornado, and Telsche Munson racked up 37 assists, 10 digs and six aces.
PHOENIX 3, MAZAMA 0 — At Klamath Falls, Phoenix's season-best effort from behind the service line guided led it to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 Skyline victory.
Delanie Tally was 19-for-19 serving for the Pirates (5-10, 2-3 Skyline), who were 65-for-66 and notched a season-high 12 aces.
The Pirates' Katie Strong registered 16 digs, a pair of aces and went 7-for-7 serving, while sophomore setter Ashlyn Flynn went 9-for-10 serving to go with five aces, seven kills and nine digs. Mia Alanez had three aces and was 11-for-11.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Klamath Falls, Hidden Valley passed the ball well and was stingy on defense, winning the Skyline contest, 25-6, 25-7, 25-14.
The Mustangs' Jessica Giurlani tallied 10 kills, eight digs and five aces, and Lucy Sotello had seven digs, four kills and four aces.
Amber Orchard had 10 digs and three aces for the Hidden Valley (10-2, 5-0 Skyline).
HENLEY 3, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Merlin, Henley claimed the Skyline victory, 25-13, 25-13, 25-12.
Kenzie Schmoll provided 23 digs for the Knights (6-6, 2-3 Skyline).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Meghan Higday had nine kills and Haley Casebier 26 assists as Cascade Christian won the SCH contest, 25-18, 25-12, 25-11.
The Challengers (9-3, 4-0 SCH) also got eight kills from Karlee Britton and six from Mackenzie Kelton.
For Illinois Valley (1-8, 0-4), Artesia Hubbard had 15 digs and Keyanna Augustadt 14; Abby Miller notched 30 assists, Tia King had three blocks and two kills and Thea Barker three kills.
LAKEVIEW 3, ROGUE RIVER 2 — At Lakeview, Rogue River pulled into a 13-13 tie in the final set before Lakeview eked out a thrilling SCH triumph, 25-23, 26-24, 23-25, 13-25, 15-13.
Alli Ehrhardt amassed 21 kills for the Chieftains (4-5, 1-3 SCH), and Kailin Honea had 21 assists. Sarah Segura had six aces while serving 15 points.
ST. MARY'S 3, BONANZA 2 — At Klamath Falls, St. Mary's posted a 25-18, 21-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-10 victory.
Senior middle hitter Alexi Provost-Shean had a season-high nine blocks to go with 13 kills for the Crusaders (7-3) and setter Nina Console recorded 29 assists and five kills.
Hannah Graunke also had five kills for the Crusaders, and Giovanna Dentoni served seven straight points in the first set.