Prep Roundup: Crater goes five sets to top North
It was fitting that a contest between one-loss teams would go down to the wire, and that’s what happened when Crater pulled out a 25-19, 11-25, 25-13, 27-29, 15-13 volleyball victory at North Medford High Monday.
“It was a great matchup, a game we had all been looking forward to,” said Comets coach Megan Dunn. “Both teams fought really hard for the win, and I think we just really came together as a team and made the choice to just keep fighting no matter what.”
Crater improved to 5-1 behind Madison Kocina and Kate Stidham, while North Medford dropped to 6-2.
Kocina produced 14 kills and 15 digs, and Stidham had 14 digs and 35 assists.
Kylie Anderson paced Crater with 25 digs, and Kyrah Christensen had 15 digs to go with nine kills.
Tessa Frodge notched 10 kills.
“I’m just super proud of the girls for giving it their all and not letting up and not giving up at all during the long night,” said Dunn.
For North Medford, Catherine Rostel had 16 kills, 22 digs, two blocks and a service ace.
Audrey Yechout recorded 13 kills and five digs, and Pa’oa Payne-Kaeo amassed 39 assists, six digs and three aces.
Emelia Thiring added five blocks and four kills, and Taryn Holmes and Matlyn Leetch shared each had a team-leading 13 digs.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, EAGLE POINT 1: At Eagle Point, the middle blocker duo of senior Evelyn Laupola and sophomore Tes Wente had their way around the net and led South Medford to victory, 25-13, 25-10, 25-27, 25-22.
Laupola registered 11 kills, four blocks and a pair of aces, Wente went for nine kills and two blocks while Katie Clevenger added eight kills, six digs and two aces for the Panthers (5-2).
Facing a two-set deficit and match point, Eagle Point (0-6) began to find its groove as it took the third set 27-25 before a couple mental mistakes at inopportune times negated an Eagles rally in the fourth.
Kierssa Hogan collected 20 assists and six kills for the Eagles, Emma Kness added 13 digs and Chloe Pariani had four kills and four aces .
ST. MARY’S 3, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 0: Elise Fernandes assisted on the first two goals for St. Mary’s and defender Sofia Castillo finished off the scoring as the Crusaders rolled at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Sophia Dobry took a pass from Fernandes in the third minute and scored, and Ainsley Gibbs did likewise in the 19th for St. Mary’s (4-1).
In the 31st minute, Sara Hatfield hit a cross that was deflected to defender Castillo, and she deposited the ball in the net from outside the 18-yard box.
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 3, ST. MARY’S 0: At Brookings, although St. Mary’s was able to control the middle of the field for much of the contest, the Crusaders were unable to convert their opportunities into goals and Brookings-Harbor used a second-half surge to run away with it.
The Crusaders (3-3) took a scoreless contest, but with just one substitution off the bench available, St. Mary’s ran out of gas down the stretch, allowing goals at the 55-, 70- and 78-minute marks.
The Bruins improved to 4-2 on the season.