PREP ROUNDUP: Challengers hold off KU
KLAMATH FALLS — It took the Cascade Christian volleyball team a set to overcome some season-opening jitters Thursday.
Once they settled in, the Class 3A state runners-up Challengers took care of business with a 23-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20 victory over host Klamath Union.
“We had to fight off some rust,” said Cascade Christian coach Rob Klecker. “It was the first time in a long time we had a team that looked nervous on the floor. Once we got rolling, we really started working the ball from one side of the net to the other and got some good swings on it.”
Janie Kenaston racked up 11 kills, Hannah Stanfield added nine and Olivia Borg eight for the Challengers (1-0).
The Challengers’ setter Taylor Cave registered 21 assists and three aces.
PHOENIX LOSES TWO: At Coos Bay, Phoenix came out hot in its second match of the evening against Reedsport, earning the first two sets before running out of steam as the Braves rallied for a 16-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-13, 15-11 victory at Marshfield High School.
The Pirates (0-4) also fell short in their first match against Marshfield, which claimed a 25-6, 25-16, 27-25 win.
Against Reedsport, Phoenix’s Josie Bolstad posted 10 kills and two aces, Delani Parent went for eight kills and three blocks while Rae Goff accumulated 28 digs.
Phoenix’s Anna Ellis chipped in 21 assists and 12 digs, and Jourden Devey added three kills and three aces.
After dropping the first two sets, Phoenix gave Marshfield some trouble in the third but couldn’t sustain the momentum.
Bolstad posted nine kills and 11 digs for Phoenix, which picked up 12 assists, six digs and a couple of aces from Ellis.
Goff tallied 14 digs and Parent added three kills and a pair of blocks for Phoenix.
BUTTE FALLS 3, OAKRIDGE 0: At Ellie Columbus recorded 15 kills to power Butte Falls (2-0) past Oakridge.
SOUTH ALBANY 2, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, in the first half Eagle Point created plenty of scoring opportunities but were unable to convert as South Albany handed the Eagles their first loss of the season.
Forward Luke Callahan helped orchestrate many of the Eagles’ first-half chances while Mathew Angel was a key cog at midfield.
Eagle Point dropped to 1-1 overall.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5, SOUTH UMPQUA 0: At Myrtle Creek, senior Brighton Plankenhorn opened the season with a splash, delivering a hat trick for Cascade Christian.
Plankenhorn scored in the 27th, 37th and 70th minutes. Katie Erno connected on the Challengers’ first goal at the 12-minute mark and Grace Melvin scored in the 45th minute.
Sweeper Braelyn Day was locked in throughout the contest, helping the Challengers (1-0) post a shutout along with goalkeepers Emily Knight and Joselyn Murray.