PREP ROUNDUP: South suffers tough loss; EP girls halt streak
South Medford came out strong but just didn’t have enough to fend off Redmond in nonconference volleyball Tuesday in the Panthers’ gym.
Redmond was able to use a late surge to win the opening set and carried that momentum throughout, winning 25-23, 25-19, 25-14.
“This was our first match in front of our home crowd and I was really excited with how well they came and played that first set,” said South Medford coach Robin Akpan. “We’re a rebuilding team this year, we lost seven players, so we’re still trying to figure out who’s going to be filling those holes, and Redmond played us pretty tough.”
Panthers junior Katie Clevenger paced her team with 16 kills and six digs, while senior Emily Fliegel added nine kills and senior setter Alexis Deschweinitz chipped in with 16 assists and six digs.
South and Redmond found themselves in a neck-and-neck battle in the first set, with the match tied at 19, before the visitors used a sideout and then scored off an attack to provide the winning edge.
In the second set, Redmond got out to a lead and South Medford tried to chip away but came up short, taking some wind out of its sails for the final set.
South Medford (0-3) next plays at St. Mary’s at 7 tonight.
EAGLE POINT 2, ROSEBURG 0: At Roseburg, Eagle Point junior Jade Lierman scored a pair of goals and the Eagles snapped a 46-match winless streak with a shutout effort on the road.
Lierman scored in the 34th minute on assist from junior right winger Allie Mena with a beautiful finish to the far post off the crossing pass.
In the 67th minute, Lierman was the beneficiary of a crossing pass to the middle of the 18-yard box from senior left winger Makenna Maldonado and deposited another crisp shot into the back of the net.
Senior Emilee Nielsen came up with three big saves to preserve the shutout, with senior center back Yesenia Avila and freshman defender Kaelin Myre instrumental in EP’s defensive effort.
The Eagles last won a game on the pitch Sept. 7, 2017 (8-1 win over Dallas). They have since only had two ties and were awarded a forfeited win in 2018.