PREP ROUNDUP: Crater scores sweep in MWL volleyball
CENTRAL POINT — After a feeling out process to start the season, the Crater volleyball team appears to be hitting its stride midway through the inaugural campaign for head coach Megan Dunn.
Using a solid all-around effort, the Comets swept a Midwestern League doubleheader Saturday against Thurston and Springfield to secure the program’s seventh straight league win after an opening loss to North Eugene.
Crater (9-3, 7-1 MWL) showed poise in denying Thurston in the five-set opener, 25-16, 25-21, 24-26, 18-25, 15-13, and then closed out the sweep against Springfield, 25-16, 25-23, 25-13.
Holding off the Colts was especially gratifying for Dunn, who praised her squad for maintaining its composure in an energetic showdown.
“I think their determination to win just really shown through,” said Dunn. “They believed they were going to win and they made it happen.”
Crater junior Tessa Frodge paced her team with 15 kills and 17 digs, while Avery Hanson had 10 kills and nine blocks and Madison Kocina added seven kills. Freshman Kendra Bittle chipped in six blocks, Kylie Anderson had 42 digs and Kate Stidham added 39 assists.
Against Springfield, Bittle led with eight kills while Frodge and Kocina had seven apiece. Stidham doled out 27 assists and Anderson had 17 digs in a match where the Comets saw several reserves gain meaningful playing time.
EAGLE POINT DROPS TWO: At Eagle Point, senior Sara Angel combined for 11 kills and nine kills on the day but host Eagle Point suffered a pair of three-set defeats in MWL play against Thurston and Springfield to drop to 1-10 overall and 0-7 in league.
Springfield edged the Eagles 27-25, 25-13, 25-21 before Thurston won 25-11, 25-16, 25-6.
Angel had six kills and six digs against Springfield and five kills and three digs against Thurston.
Also for the Eagles against the Millers, Kierssa Hogan had five kills and six assists, Presley Brown added five assists, three aces and two digs and Emma Poll had eight digs.
Against the Colts, Kacy Whitman chipped in with six blocks, two kills and two digs.
ASHLAND 3, WILLAMETTE 0: At Eugene, Ashland improved to 6-4 overall and 5-2 in Midwestern League play with the 25-12, 25-9, 26-24 victory.
SPRINGFIELD INVITATIONAL: At Springfield, Crater senior Gage Reed led a string of three straight Comet finishers in the top five to help the boys team to victory in the 16-team race.
Reed placed third in 16:29.10, followed by senior Matthew Schenk (16:34.50) and freshman Tyrone Gorze (16:47.30) as Crater scored 61 points to edge runner-up Crescent Valley (78) and Grants Pass (90).
Conner Sutton finished 15th (17:21.50) and senior Matthew Medina was 35th (17:54.10) to round out the Comets’ scoring.
Crater finished third in the girls race with 84 points, trailing only Corvallis (32) and Crescent Valley (76).
Senior Presley Robison led the way for the Comets by placing fourth in 19:38.30. Senior Jade Hopkins (14th, 20:46.30), freshman Haylee Baldwin (17th, 20:57.40), senior Gracen Hokanson (21st, 21:14.00) and freshman Isabel Kapule (36th, 22:05.90) followed for Crater.
BUTTE FALLS 70, MYRTLE POINT 0: At Butte Falls, host Butte Falls allowed just 28 yards of total offense and senior running back Kaleb Tiry put up video game rushing numbers to help the Loggers to their first District 2 West victory.
Tiry had 219 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries to power Butte Falls (3-0, 1-0 Dist. 2). Zack Genereux had 67 yards and a score as the Loggers put up 428 total yards.
Defensively, Kai Hansen had an interception and 51/2 tackles, linebacker Warren Whitlock had 101/2 tackles and Genereux had eight, including four for a loss.
BF — Tiry 17 run (run failed)
BF — Underhill 20 run (run failed)
BF — Malcolm 15 pass from Underhill (run failed)
BF — Tiry 24 run (run failed)
BF — Hansen 70 punt return (Hansen run)
BF — Tiry 56 yd run (run failed)
BF — Tiry 51 run (Genereux run)
BF — Hansen 24 (run failed)
BF — Genereux 24 run (Hansen run)
BF — Bailey 3 run (Bailey run)