Crater volleyball falls to Thurston
CENTRAL POINT — The Crater High volleyball team is still scuffling without its top offensive player.
After getting off to a strong start against Thurston on Saturday, Crater was unable to maintain its momentum, falling 19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 25-20 in a Midwestern League match.
The Colts (8-10, 6-6 MWL) became the latest team to gain ground in the league standings on the Comets (8-7, 7-5), who dropped their third straight match in the absence of middle Maya Van Hook, Crater’s leader in kills.
Against Thurston, the Comets’ totally revamped lineup imploded in the third set and was unable to come up with key plays when they needed them most, Crater coach Leaf Jensen said.
“We just couldn’t get anything done,” Jensen said. “It’s frustrating because we have a very talented team, we’re just not putting it together. We’re not bad, we just can’t get out of our own way right now.”
Libero Rane Jensen (12 digs), outside hitter Sydney Gray (11 digs, four kills), middle Grace Hudson (five kills), defensive specialist Haylee Hoffman (three service aces, six digs) and setter Jadyn Carothers (two blocks, three service aces) had standout performances for Crater.
THURSTON 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Central Point, Thurston swept Eagle Point in a Midwestern League match played at Crater High, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19.
Ryleigh Gainey had 10 kills and 12 digs to lead the Eagles (6-11, 2-10 MWL), who dropped their fifth straight match. Other standouts for Eagle Point were Nauvoo Beal (19 assists, 10 digs), Aliah Darling (16 digs, three service aces) and Ashli Meerten (five kills, two blocks).
WEST LINN TOURNAMENT: At West Linn, North Medford started the day by finishing second in its pool, then beat McNary 25-21, 27-25 and lost to Crook County 25-20, 25-18.
The Black Tornado (18-9) wraps up its regular season this week with a pair of Southwest Conference matches.
MARSHFIELD INVITATIONAL: At Coos Bay, Phoenix took third in pool play, then was defeated in the opening round of the silver bracket by Siuslaw, 25-21, 25-18.
Setter Sofia Tringolo, outside hitter Kassidy Calhoun and blocker Alexis Smith were standout players for the Pirates (8-12).
PAISLEY 3, BUTTE FALLS 0: At Paisley, Butte Falls was swept by Paisley in a nonleague match, 25-15, 26-24, 25-17, to conclude its season as a Class 2A independent.
Senior middle Angel Johnston put down five kills and senior Alyssa Dunham served three aces to lead the Loggers (5-12), who struggled with unforced errors against the Broncos (3-11).
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 3, PROSPECT 0: At Redmond, Prospect was swept by Central Christian in a Mountain Valley League match, 25-10, 25-21, 25-20.
The Cougars (1-14, 0-9 MVL) dropped their eighth straight match to conclude their season.
TRIAD 68, BUTTE FALLS 28: At Klamath Falls, senior Dalton Lester ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Butte Falls in the nonleague loss.
Lester scored on runs of 9 and 1 yards and connected with Tanner Thomson on a 65-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter for the Loggers (3-1).
Jordan Davis also supplied a 2-yard TD run for Butte Falls.
Jesse Wolff scored four times to pace Triad (7-0), which led 30-0 after one quarter.
T — Wolff 5 run (Drost run)
T — Franklin 15 run (Drost run)
T — Wolff 30 run (McCuiston pass from Young)
T — Wolff 25 interception return (pass failed)
BF — Lester 9 run (run failed)
T — Drost 54 run (Rowe pass from Franklin)
BF — Davis 2 run (Davis run)
T — Alexander 16 pass from Franklin (Rowe pass from Franklin)
T — Wolff 11 pass from Franklin (pass failed)
T — Young 11 run (Franklin run)
T — Young 50 fumble recovery (Alexander run)
BF — Thomson 65 pass from Lester (run failed)
BF — Lester 1 run (Bridges run)