PREP ROUNDUP: Challengers roll to sixth straight win
When the volleyball season started, Cascade Christian thought it was in good position to do well.
That notion has played out.
The Challengers upped their season record to 6-0 Thursday with a 25-11, 25-23, 25-11 victory over Dougas in the Challengers’ gym.
It was their fourth straight-set victory. They’ve lost only two sets in six matches.
“We’ve got an experienced group of kids with seven seniors on the roster, so we had high expectations coming in,” said Cascade Christian coach Rob Kleker, “and so far the kids have shown up every night, match-wise, and played well. I think they’re just excited to have some sort of a season to be able to play, just in general, and are trying to take advantage of everytime we get to step out on the floor.
“For the seniors, this is obviously their last opportunity and we don’t know, based on public health guidelines, whether we’re going to be able to continue after a couple weeks at a time.”
Against Douglas, the biggest threat of a lost set came in the second. Cascade Christian trailed 20-16 before Ania Farmer had three straight service aces to make it 20-19, and the Challengers rode the momentum from there.
Senior outside hitter Hannah Stanfield and senior middle blocker Janie Kenaston led Cascade Christian with nine kills each.
Farmer, another senior middle blocker, produced seven kills and four aces.
Senior setter Taylor Cave had 21 assists and three aces.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, ASHLAND 0: South Medford won its third straight match with a 25-19, 25-11, 25-17 victory in the Panthers’ gym.
Emily Fliegel topped South (3-1) with eight kills, while Evelyn Laupola had six kills, two aces and two blocks.
Kiya Jackson had five kills and three blocks, and Jessica Houston contributed four kills, five blocks and two aces.
Baylee Davis led in assists with 12, and Danielle Pace had eight.
For Ashland (0-2), Kayla Miller had 10 kills, Cameron Christian five kills and five digs and Lainie Carter three kills.
Harper Wells registered 12 assists, and Charlotte Angermeier had four assists and three aces.
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 3, ST. MARY’S 1: Brookings-Harbor snapped St. Mary’s three-match winning streak to begin the season with a 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-14 triumph at St. Mary’s.
The Crusaders got eight kills, four aces and two blocks from Abbie Christman, and seven kills and five blocks from Kelsey Dunn.
Albie Borovansky chipped in 20 digs, and Emma Johnston added 15. Kaitlyn Hansen recorded 19 assists.
LAKEVIEW 3, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Rogue River, Rogue River hung tight with Lakeview but ultimately fell in straight sets, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.
Sophomore Mikayla Moore had three aces and seven kills for the Chieftains (2-2). Fellow sophomore Avery Bushey added four digs.
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 3, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 1: At Redmond, Rogue Valley Adventist’s five-game season-opening winning streak was snapped as the Red Tail Hawks were beaten 25-18, 19-25, 25-22, 25-13.
Emma Bischoff had 18 kills for RVA, and Isabelle Zamora added four kills. Destinee Quattrocelli notched 11 assists.
ASHLAND 3, CRATER 0: At Central Point, junior forward Davidson Graham scored a pair of goals to lead the Ashland attack as the Grizzlies topped Crater for their fourth straight win to open the season.
Graham’s first goal came in the 21st minute off a Carson Pindell assist.
The Grizzlies (4-0) doubled their lead in the 60th minute, again through Graham, who took a long throw-in from Sean Davidson and found the back of the net.
Ashland made it 3-0 with 18 seconds left in the game on Michael Holden’s free kick.
Both goalkeepers had strong games. Ashland senior Gabe Giancarlo made four saves, while Crater sophomore Diego Estrada’s night was highlighted by a trio of saves on Grizzly breakaways.
Holden, Rio Giancarlo and Cedric Huston were strong in defense once again for the Grizzlies, who have recorded shutouts in three of their first four games.
Crater fell to 0-3 with the loss.
PHOENIX 3, NORTH VALLEY 0: At Phoenix, Phoenix’s stout defense limited North Valley to one shot, and Victor Martinez had two goals and an assist to pace the unbeaten Pirates.
The defensive effort for Phoenix (4-0) was led by Roberto Hernandez and Bryan Ramos, providing a one-two punch at the back, and by right back Reef Stanfield.
Jorge Mejia got the Pirates on the board in the 30th minute off a pass from Martinez.
Mejia returned the favor in the 47th minute, assisting on Martinez’s first goal.
Martinez made it 3-0 in the 56th after taking a pass from Yahir Valdovinos.
NORTH VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 1: At Phoenix, Phoenix was unable to make an early Alexsandra Hernandez goal stand as North Valley recorded the comeback win.
Hernandez gave the Pirates (0-4) the 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when she took a through ball from Aspyn Shull-Bain — who was in her own defensive half of the field when she passed it — and shielded off her defender before slotting home the shot at the back post.
North Valley (3-1), though, tied the game five minutes after Hernandez opened the scoring.
The visiting Knights took the lead 15 minutes into the second half, adding a third and final goal 10 minutes later.
Phoenix goalkeeper Maria Pyeatt was kept busy by North Valley, making a number of saves.