PREP ROUNDUP: Rostel leads North past Grants Pass
Senior outside hitter Catherine Rostel posted 19 kills, 11 digs and a block, as the North Medford volleyball team earned a 25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15 victory Monday night at North Medford High School
Rostel was the beneficiary of a 40-assist night from junior setter Pa’oa Payne-Kaeo, who also provided 13 digs for the Black Tornado (3-1).
North Medford defensive specialists Matlyn Leetch (14 digs and three aces) and Taryn Holmes (10 digs and two aces) played well together. Holmes’ serving also gave Grants Pass trouble and used a five-point run to help close out the second set.
As a result of COVID-19 restrictions in Josephine County, Monday night’s match was the first of the spring for Grants Pass (0-1).
ROSEBURG 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point battled back in the first set but the rally fell short and, in its season debut, Roseburg came away with the win, 26-24, 25-11, 25-13.
Senior defensive specialist Emma Poll led the Eagles (0-3) with 15 digs, senior setter Kierssa Hogan registered 14 assists and four digs, while sophomore middle hitter Abby Trautman went for four kills, three blocks and a pair of digs.
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 3, ST. MARY’S 1: After dropping the opening set to St. Mary’s, Rogue Valley Adventist’s communication improved and its middle hitters, Emma Bischoff and Michaela Porter, took over and rallied for a 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17 victory on the Red Tail Hawks’ home court.
Bischoff racked up 12 kills and six blocks while Porter went for 10 kills and five aces.
The Red Tail Hawks (7-1) received 11 assists and three kills from setter Madelyn Bennett and Destinee Quatrocelli added eight assists and a pair of kills.
Senior Abbie Christman led the Crusaders (3-2) with seven kills and two blocks. Freshman Emma Johnston had a team-high 10 digs, while sophomores Kaitlyn Hansen and Albie Borovansky both recorded eight digs, with the former also contributing 15 assists.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, BROOKINGS-HARABOR 0: Senior Katelyn Willard’s potential go-ahead goal was wiped off the board because of a handball and Cascade Christian wound up in a stalemate with Brookings-Harbor at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Willard momentarily broke the ice by finding the back of the net in the 46th minute but the ball ricocheted off the goalkeeper and then her own arm before going into the goal, causing the Challengers’ score was ruled null.
The Challengers (2-1-2), who had a 15-10 advantage in shots, also had a chance to take down undefeated Brookings-Harbor (3-0-1), but Katie Erno’s potential game-winner was stopped by the Bruins’ keeper with just three seconds left on the clock.
Challengers goalkeeper Emily Knight registered the shutout.