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PREP VOLLEYBALL: South tops CC to go 3-0

The South Medford volleyball team kept its perfect season rolling Monday with a 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22 victory over Cascade Christian at Cascade Christian High.

The Panthers (3-0) had their serving game in midseason form while keeping their errors to a minimum in the win over the Challengers, last year’s Class 3A state runners-up

South Medford senior libero Maisen Wauge fired six aces while anchoring the defense with 11 digs.

Kiya Jackson and Emily Fliegal posted five kills apiece for the Panthers, who got four blocks from freshman middle Tes Wente.

Cascade Christian (1-1) received 10 kills and four aces from Janie Kenaston, eight kills and two blocks from Kara Palmer and four kills and three aces from Olivia Borg.

“South did a good job of keeping us off balance,” said Challengers coach Rob Kleker. “They spread the ball around and kept our defense guessing. Our service game wasn’t the best and that kind of hurt. It’s early in the season so we’re just trying to clean up our mistakes.”

PHOENIX SPLITS: At Phoenix, Celeste Mackinnon scored the winning point to give Phoenix its first win of the season with a 25-12, 25-23, 23-25, 26-28, 15-13 win over Sutherlin.

In their second game of the night, the Pirates (1-4) were upended by Grants Pass, which won 25-15, 25-11, 25-12.

Mackinnon’s game winner was on a free-ball kill.

The Pirates received 13 kills, three blocks and five aces from Josie Bolstad, 29 assists and five aces from Anna Ellis, eight kills and two blocks from Delani Parent and Jourden Devey added six kills and three aces.

Against the Cavers, Bolstad posted seven kills and five aces, Parent went for three kills and two blocks and Mackinnon had two kills, two blocks and a pair of assists.