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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Challengers power past Creswell

Cascade Christian passed a crucial nonconference test against highly-rated Creswell on Saturday, sweeping the Bulldogs 29-27, 25-20, 25-7 in the Cascade Christian gym.

Earlier this season, Creswell swept the Challengers in pool play action during its own tournament. The Bulldogs (16-7) are No. 3 in the Class 3A state power rankings, while Cascade Christian (12-6) stands seventh.

Challengers outside hitter Olivia Borg powered a kill through the Creswell block to wrap up an intense first set for her team. Borg finished the match with six kills and two service aces. Cascade Christian overcame a 24-21 deficit to claim the first set.

In the second set, Madi Schwartz came up big on the defensive side and had two straight aces to win the set. She finished the match with five aces and 12 digs.

The Challengers led Creswell 11-1 early in the third behind an dominant serve game. Hannah Stanfield (12 kills) and Janie Kenaston (seven kills, five blocks) then flexed their offensive muscles at the net.

Sarah Palmer added six kills and floor leader Taylor Cave had 28 assists, four blocks and five aces from the setter position.

EAGLE POINT DROPS TWO: At Eagle Point, junior Hailey Burcham combined for 11 kills, five blocks and 11 digs but Eagle Point was unable to stave off Churchill and North Eugene in a Midwestern League twin bill.

Churchill swept the Eagles in the opening match 25-16, 25-11, 25-14, and then North Eugene capped the doubleheader with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-15 triumph.

Burcham had four kills, two blocks and five digs against Churchill for Eagle Point (1-16, 0-13 MWL) and then came back with seven kills, three blocks and six digs against North Eugene.

Sara Angel had five kills against the Lancers (6-10, 5-8) and four kills and two blocks against the Highlanders (13-5, 11-3), while setter Presley Brown had 10 assists and two digs in the first match and 11 assists in the nightcap.

Andrea Flores contributed three kills, two blocks and four digs against Churchill.

ASHLAND SWEEPS: At Ashland, Ashland racked up two Midwestern League victories, both 3-0 sweeps of North Eugene and Churchill to close the gap in a tight race for the top spot.

The Grizzlies (13-6, 10-3 MWL) handled the second-place Highlanders 25-18, 25-21, 25 23 in a hard-fought morning battle. Ashland then dispatched Churchill 25-15, 27-25, 25-17 to pull within 11/2 games of league-leading Crater with three matches remaining in the regular season.

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