Pirates secure 10th straight victory
PHOENIX — Playing well as a team and seemingly with more intensity each night out, the Phoenix volleyball team picked up its 10th straight victory in dominant fashion on Tuesday at Phoenix High.
The Pirates stormed to an early advantage against Klamath Union and kept the momentum going throughout en route to a 25-18, 25-8, 25-14 triumph in Skyline Conference action.
“They wanted to win and came out really strong,” said Phoenix head coach Candace Leidecker of her players. “KU put up a good fight for the most part, but (the Pirates) were ready to play and they wanted it and they were pumped.”
Karlie Richardson put forth an impressive outing, doling out 22 assists to go with 11 aces. Richardson started the second set with seven aces to build a comfortable margin for Phoenix (11-2, 6-0 Skyline).
Adriana Mereida-Ford contributed 14 kills while the Pirates got six apiece from Bailee Tally and Sydney Amundsen. Lyzett Gutierrez added 10 digs against the Pelicans (5-9, 1-5).
Phoenix’s lone losses have come in a five-set match against Class 5A Ashland and a four-setter at 3A Cascade Christian.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, NORTH VALLEY 2: At Murphy, Katie Allen served out the Skyline match with nine straight points as Hidden Valley prevailed in the five-setter,15-25, 25-15, 25-20, 18-25, 15-5.
During Allen’s serving run, senior middle blocker Kenzie Martin had six consecutive kills and finished with eight in the match.
Allen, a junior outside hitter, also contributed 10 kills and 25 digs.
The Mustangs (13-1, 5-1 Sky) received season-highs from middle Ashley Heeter in blocks (12) and kills (eight) and setter McKenzie Cushman passed out 37 assists to go with six kills.
For North Valley (7-7, 2-4), Haleigh Wagman, a junior outside, led the Knights with 20 kills to go with 14 digs and four aces. Another junior outside, Ambur DeChenne, had a good match with 11 kills and 20 digs.
North Valley libero Autumn Westergren came up with 19 digs and setter Taryn King provided 44 assists and four aces.
SOUTH EUGENE 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: At Eugene, South Medford got 10 kills and two blocks from senior middle Kenzie Cox but it wasn’t enough as South Eugene won 25-5, 25-21, 25-18 in SWC play.
The Panthers (1-10, 1-8 SWC) also received solid efforts from freshmen Alyssa Vaughn (12 digs, two kills, one ace) and Chanel Groom (seven kills, two blocks) as well as senior defensive specialist Natalie Ayala (12 digs).
South Eugene moved to 8-5 overall and 6-4 in league.
WILLAMETTE 3, NORTH MEDFORD 0: North Medford suffered its eighth loss in the last nine SWC matches, 25-15, 25-12, 25-14, to league-leading Willamette at the Black Tornado gym.
North fell to 2-8 in league and 5-9 overall.
GRANTS PASS 3, THURSTON 1: At Eugene, an effective match from the Grants Pass frontline led to a 25-23, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18 SWC upset victory.
Danielle Taylor and Amy Robinson led the way for the Cavers with 14 kills each. Elliott Cook added eight kills and some key blocks.
Grants Pass (4-9, 2-6 SWC) also received 19 digs from Halee Rose and Emily Gill provided 20 assists.
Thurston dropped to 5-3 in conference andf 8-5 overall.
CRATER 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Central Point, Crater cruised, 25-5, 25-10, 25-11, in Midwestern League action.
Paige Berriochoa had 17 kills and five digs, Kelsey Strouse 10 kills and nine digs, Destiny Fahndrich seven kills and 10 digs and Nicole Davis 34 assists for the Comets (12-2, 6-1 MWL).
Eagle Point dropped to 2-13 overall, 2-6 in league.
Southern Cascade League
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ROGUE RIVER 0: Nicole Morse had eight kills, Alyssa Brown recorded 18 assists and six aces and Cascade Christian won, 25-7, 25-9, 25-10, in Southern Cascade League action.
The Challengers (14-4, 6-0 SCL), who have won four straight, had 25 aces as a team against Rogue River (7-9-1, 2-3).
Angelica Pamplona had 18 digs, Skye Downhill 14 digs and Courtney Sackraida, Kortney Moore and Della Birdsall 10 digs apiece for the Chieftains.
COQUILLE 3, ST. MARY’S 0: At Coquille, Emily Eccleston led St. Mary’s with five kills and 10 of 10 serving in the 25-12, 25-15, 25-23 nonconference road loss.
Dakota Rothfus, a senior outside hitter, contributed two kills and two aces on 10 of 10 serving.
Aessa Catt added four kills for the Crusaders (6-12-1), while setter Ashley Rietmann dished out 13 assists.
Aggressive serving by Coquille (10-2) gave St. Mary’s problems.
LAKEVIEW 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: At Lakeview, Illinois Valley remained winless in the SCL with a 25-14, 25-12, 25-6 road loss.
Illinois Valley fell to 0-6 in the SCL and 4-11 overall, while the Honkers improved to 13-5 on the season and 3-2 in league.
Mountain Valley League
PROSPECT 3, BUTTE FALLS 1: At Butte Falls, Baley VanWormer had 13 kills and was 14-for-14 serving in Prospect’s 25-10, 14-25, 25-17, 25-16 victory during Mountain Valley League action.
Haylee VanWormer turned in 16 assists and three kills, Chrystyna Smith five kills and Marissa Raines 18 digs for the Cougars (4-8, 2-6 MVL).
Raleigh Weaver paced Butte Falls (5-4, 4-3) with three stuff blocks and 16 kills.
The Loggers committed 18 passing errors on serve receive.