Ellis, Crater sweep Ashland
CENTRAL POINT — Ashland had no answer for Nehkyah Ellis in Midwestern League volleyball Tuesday.
The Crater junior outside hitter slammed 15 kills to go with three aces as Crater steamrolled the Grizzlies, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17.
“(Ellis) was unstoppable,” said Crater coach Leaf Jensen. “In two of the sets, she didn’t make any hitting errors.”
Crater junior Addison Lowder made the adjustment of being moved from outside to middle blocker because an ankle injury left starter Maya Van Hook unavailable. Lowder produced a season-high eight kills and had three blocks.
In other lineup changes, Jensen moved Heather Colmer to libero, and the junior defensive specialist came up with 18 digs. And the coach’s daughter, Rane Jensen, went from libero to opposite-side hitter and still had 11 digs to accompany two kills and three aces.
Crater improved to 6-3 in the MWL and 7-4 overall, while Ashland dropped to 3-6 in league and 3-9 overall.
“It was one of our best start-to-finish matches of the season,” said the Comet coach. “We didn’t give up runs of points. We were able to slow down their attack and turn that into offense.”
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, SOUTH EUGENE 1: After losing a marathon first set, South Medford regrouped to post a 29-31, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 Southwest Conference home victory.
Senior setter Megan Davis established the tone for the Panthers with 40 assists, 22 digs and four kills, while senior captain Chanel Groom turned in another consistent performance (16 kills and 19 digs).
Groom had four straight service points, with two aces, to put the South Medford (4-9, 2-6 SWC) to within one point of closing out the match, then junior outside Maggie Hutto ended the match with one of her 11 kills.
The Panthers received a team-high 27 digs from freshman libero Matlyn Leetch, and middle blockers Evelyn Laupola nd Ashleigh Anderson combined for 10 blocks and 10 kills.
GRANTS PASS 3, WILLAMETTE 0: At Grants Pass, Devin Ireland had 12 kills to lead Grants Pass to the 25-23, 25-21, 29-27 Southwest Conference win.
Londyn Beck added eight kills and Halleigh Noga six for the Cavers (5-10, 2-6 SWC).
Also for Grants Pass, Jordan Kuykendall notched 17 assists and Cameron Childers 11 assists.
PHOENIX 3, MAZAMA 0: At Phoenix, Phoenix celebrated homecoming week with the Skyline Conference win, 25-14, 25-19, 25-19.
The Pirates (7-9, 3-3 Sky) got seven kills and three aces from Kassidy Calhoun.
Avary Reneau added four kills, two blocks and two aces; Sofia Tringolo racked up 21 assists to go with two kills and three aces; and Lexi Smith had four kills, a block and an ace.
Mazama is 2-9 and 1-5.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ROGUE RIVER 0: Top-ranked Cascade Christian used good balance to sweep past Rogue River, 25-7, 25-6, 25-16 in Southern Cascade League play.
The Challengers (15-1, 5-0 SCL) were led by outside hitters Alyssa Vaughn (seven kills), Kaylee Cannon (six kills) and backup freshman Hannah Stanfield, who had all five kills in the third game.
Allison Winter distributed 29 assists for the Challengers.
Rogue River fell to 0-5 in league and 4-6 overall.
TRIAD 3, BUTTE FALLS 1: At Butte Falls, Triad won the nonleague match, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, to improve to 13-6.
Butte Falls played strong defense but came up shy on its attack.
The Loggers (4-10) got four kills each from T’Neal Myers and Alyssa Dunham.