PREP ROUNDUP: Comet netters finish strong in sweep of Eagles
CENTRAL POINT — Sophomore outside hitter Madison Kocina recorded nine kills to lead the way for Crater in a straight-set volleyball win, 25-13, 25-20, 25-12, over Eagle Point Tuesday.
Sophomore middle blocker Kendra Bittle added five kills for the Comets, who started strong and ended the match in convincing fashion.
Crater head coach Megan Dunn was complimentary of her team for how it rebounded after a close second set and prevented Eagle Point from hanging around.
“They came back in the third game with fire and determination to play and win at all costs,” Dunn said. “They weren’t making unforced errors and really fine-tuned that area of their game.”
Crater’s Avery Hanson, a senior, finished with a team-high four blocks, while senior Kylie Anderson also had a team-best total in digs with 12.
The Comets improved to 4-1 on the season with their third consecutive victory in straight sets.
“The first set we were in system a lot and really executing plays,” Dunn said. “We switched up the lineup a little bit in the second game, so that put us out of system a little bit, but they were able to push through. The third game we really came back strong. The energy level was high and the girls were playing as a team.”
Eagle Point (0-4) was led by freshman Emma Kness’ 16 digs. Senior Hailey Burcham had four kills, four blocks and three digs, while junior Lily Bixler recorded six kills and a dig.
Senior Kierssa Hogan recorded three aces, 12 assists and three digs, and fellow senior Chloe Pariani had three kills, three aces and a dig.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: North Medford turned the tables on South Medford, avenging its lone loss on the season with a 25-23, 25-23, 25-17 win in the Panthers’ gym.
The Black Tornado, which lost in three sets to South Medford a little more than a week ago, improved to 4-1. The Panthers are 3-2.
For North Medford, Catherine Rostel amassed 12 kills, 11 digs and three blocks, while Matlyn Leetch had 12 digs and Sara Hamlin added 10.
Taryn Holmes served four of the team’s seven aces, and the Black Tornado accumulated 10 blocks.
South Medford’s Katie Clevenger produced six kills, one block and two aces, and Baylee Davis made 16 assists. Amanda Drane led the way with 15 digs, and Emily Fliegel had six kills and eight digs.
PHOENIX 3, HIDDEN VALLEY 1: At Phoenix, Phoenix won its first set and first match against Hidden Valley since 2014 with a 30-28, 20-25, 25-14, 25-18 victory.
The Pirates (1-4) got a big block from Delani Parent in the third set for a spark, and Madi Lewis followed with a 9-0 serving surge to fuel the victory.
Josie Bolstad had 12 kills, nine digs, three blocks and two aces for Phoenix, while Lewis contributed seven kills and 10 digs to go with her stellar serving, which included four aces.
Jourden DeVey notched seven kills and eight digs, and Raelyssa Goff had two kills, 13 digs and five aces.
Setter Allie Ellis recorded 22 assists, three aces and a kills.
SOUTH MEDFORD 2, ASHLAND 1: Senior defender Peyton Terry’s penalty kick with 10 minutes to go proved to be the difference as South Medford handed Ashland its first loss of the season.
South freshman Kyle Denn drew the penalty kick after he was brought down as he attempted to cut back into the center of the 18-yard box. Terry stepped up and fired it into the top-right corner of the goal.
South (2-2-1) took a 1-0 lead 25 minutes in on a goal by freshman forward Felix Valenzuela. Sophomore Camilo Rios got credit for the assist after providing a nice through ball to Valenzuela.
Ashland (4-1) tied the game five minutes later when junior Cedric Huston fired home a loose ball on a Cash Cota corner kick.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, CRATER 1: Braden Byrd had a hand in all three goals as North Medford got off to a fast start at Spiegelberg Stadium.
Byrd scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Black Tornado (3-1) built a 3-0 halftime lead.
The Comets (0-4) got a score from Abe Hull in the 60th minute, with Gabe Grant on the assist.
Byrd scored his goal in the 10th minute, then played the ball eight minutes later to Gustavo Lara, who gave the Black Tornado a 2-0 lead.
Byrd’s through ball to Robert Valencia in the 28th minute put Valencia in position to score. He made it 3-0, but injured a groin in the process and left the game.
Comet goalie Diego Estrada made several key saves.
EAGLE POINT 4, ROSEBURG 1: At Roseburg, Eagle Point made a 1-0 halftime deficit disappear in a hurry, exploding for four goals to record the comeback win over Roseburg.
Junior Luke Callahan tied the game in the 59th minute as he headed home a cross from senior Mathew Angel.
Four minutes later, the Eagles (4-1) took the lead when senior Elvis Cisneros successfully converted a penalty kick.
Another senior, Wemar Cervantes-Kerns, made it 3-1 in the 67th minute on a shot from 20 yards out. Angel finished off Eagle Point’s second-half flurry with a goal of his own, as junior Diego Garcia got the assist after a nice through ball.
CRATER 2, NORTH MEDFORD 1: At Central Point, Crater rallied for both goals in the second half to overtake North Medford.
The Comets (3-0-1) got the deciding goal in the 63rd minute on a penalty kick from Mia Tewes.
The Black Tornado (0-4) drew first blood when Taylor Denn powered in a goal in the first half.
Crater’s Addison Vranes knotted it at 1-1 in the 49th minute, volleying in a header from Emma Bohn.
Tewes supplied tight defense in the back in support of goalie Teya Amidei, who played a strong game.
ROSEBURG 2, EAGLE POINT 1: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point got a first-half goal from Makenna Maldonado but couldn’t add to it in a scoreless second half.
Roseburg’s Madasyn Van Acker scored in the 10th minute and teammate Jocelyn Muntifernig followed suit a minute before halftime, giving the Indians (1-4) the lead.
The goal for the Eagles (0-4) came in the 32nd minute, when Maldonado took a feed from Jade Lierman, juked the goalkeeper and scored from 8 yards.
Wingers Lierman and Leslie Barajas kept pressure on Roseburg in the second half, when the Eagles dominated field position and got off nine shots.
SOUTH MEDFORD 2, ASHLAND 1: At Ashland, senior forward Emily Ingledew scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 57th minute as South Medford edged Ashland in a near-foul-free match at Walter A. Phillips Field.
Ingledew’s goal came off a corner kick from junior Bella Bottero.
Ashland (2-2-1) took the lead with five minutes to go before halftime when a pair of sophomores teamed up, as Bri Gibbs scored off an assist from Ini Hammond.
It was just the second goal the undefeated Panthers (5-0) have allowed this season.
The Grizzlies, however, were only in the lead for three minutes before the Panthers tied the game.
South tied the game two minutes before halftime after freshman Brooke Fairbanks beat a couple of Ashland defenders and then played a quick ball across the face of goal to senior Rainie Dabbs, who finished the combination on her first touch.
For Ashland, sophomore defender Joelle Annen had another strong game leading the Grizzlies’ backline.