PREP ROUNDUP: Barry shines as Tornado gains split
SALEM — Lauren Barry drummed up a monster afternoon at the net for the North Medford volleyball team, which played matches against West Salem and Sprague at West Salem High School on Tuesday.
Barry racked up 15 kills, 12 digs and a pair of aces in a win over West Salem, 26-24, 25-22, 19-25, 25-11.
In North Medford’s second game of the day, Sprague won, 25-14, 25-13, 25-20.
Against West Salem, North Medford’s Catherline Rostel posted seven kills, nine digs and three aces while Hannah Drysdale tallied 18 assists to go with three kills.
Sara Hamlin added five digs and two aces in the first win of the season for the Black Tornado (1-2).
North Medford had a tough time with Sprague, one of the top teams at the Class 6A level.
Trailing two sets to none, North Medford came out strong in the third set and was up 20-18 before Sprague reeled off seven straight points to seal the match.
Barry had eight kills and three aces, Rostel five kills and six digs and Tayrn Holmes five digs and an ace.
NORTH EUGENE 3, CRATER 0: At Eugene, Crater opened the Midwestern League season with a 25-11, 25-14, 25-9 setback.
The young Comets — they lost 10 seniors off last year’s team — were paced by middle blocker Avery Hanson, libero Kylie Anderson and setter Kate Stidham.
Hanson was solid blocking at the net, said first-year coach Megan Dunn. Anderson had a number of digs and Stidham was active in the back court.
PHOENIX DROPS TWO: At Phoenix, Phoenix lost its first two matches of the season as it hosted Douglas and South Medford.
Douglas beat the Pirates, 25-19, 25-21, 25-18, and South Medford triumphed 22-25, 25-22, 29-27, 25-16.
Against Douglas, Phoenix’s Josie Bolstad had four kills, two aces and two blocks; Anna Ellis had two kills and 16 assists; and Rae Goff had eight digs, two kills and two aces.
Against South Medford, Bolstad turned in 13 kills, two blocks and two aces, and Jourden Devey had four aces and four kills. Delani Parent registered six kills and four blocks, and Kaia Eikenberry had six aces and two kills.
SOUTH MEDFORD 1, ASHLAND 0: At Ashland, South Medford scored midway through the first half of the nonconference game, and it proved to be enough in the Panthers’ season opener.
The goal came in the 20th minute off a corner kick by Ruben Rodriguez. Ashland tried to clear the ball but left it in the center of the box, and Kam Calhoun swooped in and fired a hard, low shot for the goal.
Goalie Jude Pannell had a couple outstanding saves for South Medford.
GRANTS PASS 1, THURSTON 1: At Grants Pass, Thurston struck first in the nonleague game, Grants Pass answered and neither team could break the deadlock after halftime.
Thurston scored in the 20th minute.
The Cavemen’s score came on a throw-in when Gage Berkey flicked the ball to Wali Tipping, who finished off the play in the 25th minute.
Grants Pass is 0-1-1.
CRATER 4, MAZAMA 2: At Klamath Falls, Crater’s Jayden Vranes had his second hat trick in as many games as Comets claimed the nonleague match.
Vranes scored at 22:13 for a 1-0 lead for the Comets (2-0), and that lead held up into the second half.
Vranes assisted on a Colton Bryant score at 49:42, then tallied himself again in the 53rd (assist Camden Thurman) and in the 72nd (assists Abe Hull) minutes.
Crater goalie Diego Estrada had a nice block on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute and made numerous saves.
The Vikings scored in the 51st and 62nd minutes.
ASHLAND 6, KLAMATH UNION 0: At Klamath Union, Kendra Caruso and Emmeline Clark connected on two goals apiece for Ashland, which opened the season.
Caruso put the Grizzlies (1-0) on the scoreboard with a goal in the third minute. In the 11th minute, Mary Wilson scored, and three minutes later, Clark put Ashland ahead 3-0, where the score would stand until halftime.
Both goals were assisted by Maya Holzshu, who had three assists and added a goal of her own in the 55th minute.
Caruso and Clark added another goal to their totals in the 65th and 79th minutes, respectively.
Grizzlies goalkeeper Nina Munson stopped the only shot she was challenged on as Ashland’s defense was tight throughout.
CRATER 3, MAZAMA 0: At Central Point, Kayleigh Gugliotta scored in the 37th minute, with an assist from Ayden Wycoff, as the Crater took a first-half lead.
After halftime, the Comets (2-0) got a score from Holly Trautman in the 44th minute and one from Mia Tewes on a penalty kick in the 69th.
Montana Smith assisted Trautman’s goal.