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Thurston sweeps North in SWC volleyball

Despite losing in three straight games to Thurston, North Medford put up some stout competition in a Southwest Conference volleyball match Tuesday.

The Black Tornado had difficulty corralling outside hitter Darian Stedman as the Colts posted a 25-21, 25-22, 25-18 victory at the North Medford gym.

“They have a good outside hitter (Stedman) that we had trouble defending,” said North Medford coach Erika Wright. “She did a great job putting the ball through our block and put pressure on us from the service line, too.”

Taylor Otoski had a productive all-around game for North Medford (5-12, 2-10 SWC). The senior setter had a team-best seven kills and 13 assists to go with 10 digs and two blocks.

Senior Jen Cavalier added six kills for the Black Tornado and junior outside Emily Carter came through with four kills and seven digs. Ashley Ripplinger, a sophomore libero, led North with 11 digs.

“We had some great defensive rallies,” said Wright. “We were getting after it. I saw the battle and fight in our kids.”

SHELDON 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: South Medford was clicking on its passing game but still dropped the SWC home match, 25-22, 25-18, 25-23.

The Panthers (1-13, 1-10 SWC) were paced by junior outside Nicole Bell with 24 digs, 10 kills, two aces and two blocks. Kenzie Cox, a senior middle who was questionable going into the match with a sprained ankle, still provided eight kills.

South got 24 assists from setter Kelsey Bartlett and Clara Garske, a junior libero, came up with 14 digs.

Sheldon, second in the SWC standings, improved to 9-2 in league and 12-6 overall.

ROSEBURG 3, GRANTS PASS 0: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass senior libero Halee Rose had 13 digs and senior outside hitter Danielle Taylor added nine kills but the Cavers were swept in the SWC affair, 25-18, 25-16, 25-23.

Grants Pass dropped to 5-11 overall and 3-8 in SWC play, while Roseburg moved to 8-9 and 6-5.

Skyline Conference

PHOENIX 3, NORTH VALLEY 1: At Merlin, Phoenix cruised to wins in the first two sets before putting away North Valley, 25-16, 25-12, 23-25, 25-19, to remain perfect in the Skyline.

The Pirates (13-2, 8-0 Sky) got 18 kills from Sydney Amundsen and 13 from Adriana Mereida-Ford. Each added four blocks.

Bailee Tally recorded five aces, Karlie Richardson had 39 assists and Lyzett Gutierrez tallied 16 digs.

North Valley dropped to 10-9 and 3-5.

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, MAZAMA 0: At Klamath Falls, Hidden Valley senior middle Ashley Heeter had eight kills and seven blocks to lead the Mustangs to a 25-16, 25-13, 25-17 road win in Skyline action.

McKenzie Cushman added three aces, 21 assists, 15 digs and four kills on five swings for Hidden Valley (15-1, 7-1 Sky), while sophomore Mckenzie Noga added 15 digs and four kills on six swings.

Southern Cascade League

LAKEVIEW 3, ST. MARY’S 2: Claire Hawkins had 17 kills, eight blocks and four aces but St. Mary’s fell short in a five-set SCL clash, 15-25, 25-17, 25-14, 16-25, 15-13, at St. Mary’s High.

The deciding fifth set went back and forth through point No. 13 before Lakeview (14-6, 4-2 SCL) server Carly Larson forced the Crusaders into a hitting error and then clinched the match with an ace.

Dakota Rothfus added three kills, six blocks, led her team in passing and was 10-for-11 from the service line. Setter Ashley Rietmann added 25 assists and three blocks for St. Mary’s (6-14, 2-4).

ROGUE RIVER 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1: At Cave Junction, Rogue River found itself behind most of the SCL match but came away with a 27-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23 victory.

The Chieftains (9-10, 4-3 SCL) were led by Kortney Moore, who registered 11 kills, 25 digs, four aces and two blocks. Rogue River received 30 digs from Angelica Pamplona, who also provided six kills, four aces and two blocks.

Good defensive efforts for Rogue River were turned in by Courtney Sakraida (20 digs) and Skye Downhill (18 digs), and setter Natalie Watkins dished out 18 assists.

Mountain Valley League

BUTTE FALLS 3, CHILOQUIN 0: At Butte Falls, junior middle Raleigh Weaver had her best hitting night of the season with 13 kills and four blocks in the 25-14, 25-22, 29-27 MVL victory.

Butte Falls (7-6, 6-5 MVL) received 25 assists from setter Taylor Meyers, who served 14 points in the match.

Katie Munsell, Hanna Kuyukendall and Shawna Creech each put down four kills on the front line for the Loggers.