PREP VOLLEYBALL: Challengers suffer first loss
Although it cruised to victory in the opening set, the Cascade Christian volleyball team’s overall shortage of energy haunted it for the remainder of the match as Mazama dealt the host Challengers their first loss of the season Tuesday with a 20-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-12 triumph.
“We came out and played OK but we were making mistakes,” said Cascade Christian coach Rob Kleker on the opening set of the match. “Our lack of energy and flatness came back to bite us. When we needed to come back, we didn’t necessarily have the energy to do it. Our serve-receive started to struggle and (Mazama) fell into a rhythm and we couldn’t get back into our system to do anything consistently.”
Sophomore setter Molly Griffin amassed 43 assists, setting up the Challengers’ attack at the net where sophomore Maddi Carter and freshman Poppy Freeman thrived. Carter racked up 17 kills and Freeman had 10, while Maddie Todd added eight kills.
The Vikings improved to 4-0 with the win.
CRATER 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Central Point, Crater established its rhythm early and sophomore setter Kate Stidham helped the Comets settle into a nice offensive flow and pick up its first win of the season with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-15 Midwestern League sweep of Eagle Point.
Stidham recorded 32 assists and five aces and orchestrated the offense for junior outside hitters Kendra Bittle and Madison Kocina. Bittle went for 13 kills and a pair of blocks while Kocina came up with 10 kills and five digs for the Comets (1-1, 1-1 MWL).
The loss dropped the Eagles’ record to 0-3 overall and in the MWL.
CHURCHILL 3, ASHLAND 0: At Ashland, although Ashland got stronger later in the match, Churchill’s attack around the net proved to be too much and the Lancers claimed a 25-13, 25-18, 25-20 Midwestern League win.
The Grizzlies (1-1, 1-1 MWL) received five kills and 10 digs from Cameron Christian, five kills and two blocks from Amelia Evans and Harper Wells came up with three kills, nine assists and three aces.
The win moved Churchill’s record to 3-1 overall and 3-1 in MWL play.
RV ADVENTIST 3, LOST RIVER 0: Emma Bischoff had 16 kills and six blocks and Michaela Porter added seven kills to boost Rogue Valley Adventist to a victory in its home gym, 25-9, 25-5, 27-25.
Olivia Barber added five aces for the Red Tail Hawks (3-1).