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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Challengers drop nail-biter to Henley

Cascade Christian saw its two-set lead go by the wayside Tuesday night, as Henley was able to storm back for a five-set win against the host Challengers, 23-25, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 15-13.

“(Henley) did a good job of finding holes in our defense,” Cascade Christian head coach Rob Kleker said of the Class 4A squad. “They did a good job making the adjustments they needed to make.”

Sophomore outside hitter Maddi Carter finished with a team-high 18 kills and added four aces, while senior Callie Sweem had 12 kills and five aces for 3A Cascade Christian (2-3).

Challengers freshman Poppy Freeman had 10 kills and junior libero Ellie Harrington finished with 33 digs.

ROSEBURG 3, CRATER 1: At Roseburg, Roseburg was able to rally after Crater took the opening set, beating the Comets 23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19 in nonleague action.

Junior outside hitter Maddie Kosina finished with team-high totals in kills (16) and blocks (six), while fellow junior Kendra Bittle had 15 kills and four blocks.

Junior setter Kate Stidham had 43 assists, Joslyhn Pope added 14 digs and four aces and sophomore Abby Winslow recorded 12 digs for the Comets, who fell to 1-3 overall.

Roseburg improved to 4-2.

NORTH BEND 3, ASHLAND 0: At Ashland, Ashland gave North Bend a go in the first set, but the undefeated Bulldogs took control and rolled to a straight-set win 29-27, 25-13, 25-18 in Midwestern League action at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Ashland senior Amelia Evans finished with eight kills and six blocks, while fellow senior Taylor Heie had five kills, one block and two aces.

Junior Cameron Christian added two kills and 12 digs for the Grizzlies (3-2, 3-2). Senior Sascha Wells also had 12 digs, while senior Charlotte Angermeier added three aces and six assists.

North Bend (6-0, 4-0 MWL) has yet to drop a set this season.

YREKA 3, PHOENIX 0: At Phoenix, visiting Yreka closed out three hard-fought sets to pick up the win, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20.

The Pirates (3-5) were put into a lot of defensive situations and had little room for error from the service line against Yreka (7-2).

Junior Ami Safady went 14-for-15 on serves and picked up four aces to go with six kills and four blocks. Senior Raelyssa Goff had a team-high 14 digs to go with two aces and Paityn Croy tallied 10 digs.

In its previous match last Thursday, Phoenix won 3-2 over South Umpqua after Allyson Ellis provided 17 assists and five aces, Goff had 28 digs and Brianna Gaal added six kills. Also in that match, Ariah Potts contributed 18 digs, five kills, four aces, Safady had five aces, five blocks and four kills and Veronica Ascencion had seven digs and 12 assists.

ST. MARY’S 3, NORTH VALLEY 1: At Grants Pass, St. Mary’s set the tone early with strong serving and fought off a late North Valley comeback to win 25-6, 25-8, 21-25, 26-24.

Junior Kaitlyn Hansen led St. Mary’s (4-3) with 10 aces on a night the Crusaders had a combined 27 aces. Junior Kelsey Dunn led with seven kills, junior Noelle Thickett added six kills and junior Albie Borovansky had a team-high 14 digs.

After momentum swung toward North Valley in the third set, the two teams kept the fourth match close and were tied 24-all, before North Valley missed a serve and gave St. Mary’s the go-ahead point.

RV ADVENTIST 3, ROGUE RIVER 0: Emma Bischoff posted 11 kills and nine aces and Olivia Barber added three aces as Rogue Valley Adventist swept Rogue River, 25-12, 25-20, 25-10, late Monday.

Destinee Quattrocelli and Michaela Porter each added four kills for the Red Tail Hawks (5-1), who haven’t dropped a set this season. RVA’s lone loss came after having to forfeit its first match when it later discovered it inadvertently played an ineligible player.