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Crater victorious in MWL opener

CENTRAL POINT — Crater volleyball coach Leaf Jensen didn’t know what to expect from Thurston in a Midwestern League opener Thursday.

The Comets haven’t recently faced the Colts, who have played in the Class 6A Southwest Conference before dropping down to the 5A league this season.

Despite not having familiarity with the opponent, Crater rolled to a 25-13, 16-25, 25-19, 25-14 victory.

“Our edge was in our ball control,” said Jensen. “We serve-received exceptionally well.”

Crater (2-0, 1-0 MWL) got a strong all-around effort from senior Nicole Morse, who pounded a team-high 11 kills to go with five digs and three aces.

“(Morse) was aggressive,” said Jensen. “She did well with her hitting, serving and serve-receive.”

Sophomore outside Nehkyah Ellis added six kills and five aces and Rane Jensen, a sophomore libero, produced 15 digs and two aces.

The Comets registered 10 aces in the match.

“We served really tough,” said the coach. “Besides the aces, they had very few perfect passes. We kept them off balance.”

BEND 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: At Bend, South Medford lost for the second time in two outings this season.

Host Bend pinned a 25-8, 25-16, 25-10 defeat on the visiting Panthers.

CHURCHILL 3, ASHLAND 2: At Eugene, Churchill used 18 kills from Sierra Sharma and 10 digs and 10 kills from McKenna Woolley to edge Ashland in Midwestern League action, 25-15, 19-25, 19-25, 27-25, 16-14.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, CRESWELL 1: At Creswell, Cascade Christian earned a measure of revenge, albeit a year later, against Creswell with a 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-14 nonleague victory.

The Challengers’ only two regular-season losses last year came against Creswell but Claire Hawkins had 18 kills and four aces and Caroline McMahon added nine kills and 19 digs to pace Cascade Christian this time.

Allison Winter had 41 assists and was 24-for-24 from the service line, including a key third-set surge that allowed the Challengers (3-0) to open an 11-0 advantage with two aces in the run. Aubrey Kievit added 36 digs.

GLIDE 3, ST. MARY’S 0: At Glide, St. Mary’s sophomore Katie Rietmann had four kills and one block and senior Madi Christensen had three kills in the nonleague loss, 25-9, 25-13, 25-14.

Senior Ashley Rietmann was 7-for-8 in serving with one ace and senior Aessa Catt had four digs for the Crusaders (1-2).

PROSPECT 3, ROGUE RIVER 1: At Prospect, Baley VanWormer recorded 16 aces and four kills to lead Prospect to the nonleague season-opening victory, 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19.

Hailey Govenor added five kills, five blocks and four aces, Chrystyna Smith had three kills, two blocks and two aces and Lexy Stockebrand seven assists for the Cougars (1-0).