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Ashland rolls past Comets in MWL play

Central Point — Ashland front-row players Myla Norvell and Alex Crane were too much for Crater as the Grizzlies registered a 26-24, 25-20, 25-20, Midwestern League road victory Tuesday.

“Ashland has two very good hitters (Norvell and Crane) and a good setter (Soleil Heller),” said Crater coach Leaf Jensen. “They set Myla a ton of balls. She hits from the back row and the front row. She’s a complete player.”

Norvell had 11 kills, 11 digs and seven aces, Crane eight kills and four blocks and Marina Tacconi eight digs for the Grizzlies (1-1, 1-1 MWL).

The Comets (2-1, 1-1) were paced by sophomore outside hitter Nehkyah Ellis with 12 kills.

Nicole Morse, a senior opposite hitter, added nine kills, and Heather Colmer and Amanda Gardner each had 10 digs.

“It was a competitive match,” said Jensen. “At the end of each game, they took it to us.”

THURSTON 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Springfield, Eagle Point had breakdowns on serve receive in a 25-9, 25-10, 25-19 Midwestern League road loss.

The Eagles(0-3, 0-2 MWL) were led by junior outside hitter Raleigh Gainey with five kills and nine digs. Eagle Point received 15 digs and eight assists from Aliah Darling. Summer Stone, a senior middle, and Aly Scheffler, a sophomore outside, combined for 11 digs, five kills and five aces.

SOUTH EUGENE 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: South Eugene won the Southwest Conference match, 25-13, 25-16, 16-25, 25-13.

Maggie Hutto had seven kills, five digs and two aces, Alyssa Vaughn four kills and 12 digs and Raelynn Stewart five kills and seven digs for South Medford (0-4, 0-1 SWC).

It was the Axemen's first match of the season.

GRANTS PASS 3, WILLAMETTE 0: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass won the Southwest Conference match, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17.

Haley Dougherty had 17 digs, Jessica Semblante 12 service points and three aces and Elliott Cook seven kills for the Cavers (8-1, 1-0 SWC).

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 3, PHOENIX 0: At Phoenix, visiting Brookings-Harbor kept Phoenix winless on the season with a 25-17, 25-14, 25-14 nonconference victory.

The Pirates fell to 0-3 on the year.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, COQUILLE 2: Sophomore Caroline McMahon had 25 kills, including nine in the fourth set, as Cascade Christian rallied to win the nonleague match, 25-12, 22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 16-14.

Claire Hawkins recorded 15 kills, Allison Winter 47 assists, Karisa Waldron eight kills and five blocks and Eeklyn Magee eight kills and three aces for the Challengers (4-0).

Coquille dropped to 2-3.

YREKA 3, ST. MARY’S 0: St. Mary’s dropped to 1-4 with a 25-15, 25-19, 25-6 home loss.

Senior outside Aessa Catt was 90 percent on serve receive and had three kills for the Crusaders. St. Mary’s got three kills and six digs from Hallie Shean, and Katie Rietmann added three blocks and two kills. Setter Ashley Rietmann passed out 10 assists and was 14-for-14 serving.

BUTTE FALLS 3, PROSPECT 2: At Prospect, scrappy Butte Falls prevailed 27-25, 12-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-8, in the Mountain Valley League opener for both teams.

The Loggers (2-1, 1-0 MVL) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the fifth game.

Katie Munsell sparked the Loggers with nine kills and 13 digs, and Destinee Ault chipped in six kills. T’Neal Myers provided 15 assists.

For Prospect, Baley VanWormer contributed nine kills and five aces, Hailey Govenor came up with seven blocks and four kills and Chrystyna Smith pounded seven aces.