Crater continues hot streak, tops EP
EAGLE POINT — The Crater volleyball team continued its spotless season Thursday at Eagle Point but saw one of its top players leave early because of an ankle injury.
The Comets rolled to a 25-16, 25-10, 25-14 Midwestern League victory in which Kelsey Strouse was on pace for a career night.
She notched seven kills in the first set and had 10 before leaving early in the second set after she rolled her foot underneath the net.
“She was on fire,” said Comets coach Leaf Jensen. “She was crushing the ball, passing great. She’s definitely of our senior leaders. Hopefully she’s feeling a little better tomorrow.”
The Comets (8-0, 2-0 MWL) will be busy over the next two days as they face Churchill at Eagle Point today before taking part in the Rogue Valley Classic volleyball tournament Saturday.
Crater’s biggest run came in the second set when it surged to a 12-2 lead. The Comets also jumped on the Eagles (1-7, 1-2 MWL) early in the third set to wrap up the win.
“I thought we did a really did a good job of keeping our momentum even once Kelsey went out,” said Jensen.
Senior middle Paige Berriochoa turned in 12 kills and 14 digs, and senior libero Lainey Jensen contributed a season-best 10 digs for the Comets.
For the Eagles, junior outside hitter Kylene Briggs had eight digs and four kills.
THURSTON 3, NORTH MEDFORD 1: At Springfield, North Medford dropped to 1-4 in the Southwest Conference with the 25-13, 25-18, 28-30, 25-20 setback.
Junior outside Emily Carter had 20 kills and 19 digs for the Black Tornado. Senior middle Kathy Martin had five kills and two blocks, sophomore outside Ashley Ripplinger recorded 12 digs and senior setter Taylor Otoski had four kills, 24 assists, two aces and 11 digs.
SHELDON 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: At Eugene, South Medford wasn’t able to keep pace with Sheldon, which sped away with a 25-9, 25-15, 25-9 win.
The Panthers (0-4, 0-4 Southwest Conference) picked up 14 digs from both junior libero Natalie Castellano and freshman outside hitter Alyssa Vaughn.
Jasmin Falls, a junior middle hitter, added four kills and four blocks for the Panthers, who got 12 digs, two kills and a pair of aces from junior outside hitter Nicole Bell.
PHOENIX 3, KLAMATH UNION 0: At Klamath Falls, junior setter Karlie Richardson recorded eight aces and 39 assists as Phoenix downed Klamath Union in their Skyline Conference opener, 25-15, 25-8, 25-14.
Senior middle Adriana Mereida-Ford had 14 kills and two blocks for the Pirates (6-2, 1-0 Skyline) while Sydney Amundsen tallied 11 kills and three blocks. Lydett Gutierrez added 10 digs.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, NORTH VALLEY 0: At Merlin, Hidden Valley swept the Skyline Conference opener, but it was tested, winning 25-23, 25-20, 26-24.
Haleigh Wagman turned in 14 kills and 21 digs for North Valley (5-4), and Taryn King had 22 assists and two aces. Ambur DeChenne chipped in six kills, two aces and three blocks, and libero Autumn Westergren had 14 digs.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Rogue River, Cascade Christian's Nicole Morse had 12 of her 15 aces in the final set as the Challengers rolled to a 25-7, 25-16, 25-5 win in their Southern Cascade League opener.
Morse served the final 15 points of the third set and was 24 of 25 serving overall. She helped Cascade Christian (9-2, 1-0 SCL) to 29 aces overall and added seven kills.
Middle hitter Madigan Smith notched nine kills, setter Alyssa Brown had 21 assists and eight aces and libero Paige Bruce had 18 digs.
For Rogue River, Skye Downhill had 11 digs and Courtney Sackraida nine.
LAKEVIEW 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: At Cave Junction, too many miscues doomed Illinois Valley against a strong Lakeview team, which claimed a 25-13, 25-14, 25-8 victory.
Senior middle blocker Alex LaFlamme registered six kills, four blocks and a pair of aces for the Cougars (3-5, 1-0 Southern Cascade League).
ST. MARY’S 3, YREKA 2: Tied at 13-all in the fifth set, Yreka (Calif.) committed consecutive errors and St. Mary’s claimed the nonleague win at St. Mary’s High.
Middle hitters Claire Hawkins and Dakota Rothfus led the Crusaders (4-7). Hawkins had 16 kills and nine blocks while Rothfus chipped in four kills and four blocks.
The Crusaders received 23 assists from setter Ashley Rietmann and five kills from Aessa Catt.
BEND 3, GRANTS PASS 0: At Bend, Grants Pass was without starting goalkeeper Kevin Luther and the Cavemen (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season in nonleague action.
Scott Bracci, Luis Navez and Chance Flammang all scored for Bend.