PREP VOLLEYBALL: South holds off Roseburg in five sets
Although South Medford led for much of its Southwest Conference volleyball match Tuesday against Roseburg, the Panthers had to earn every bit of their first league win.
South won 25-20, 26-28, 25-14, 24-26, 15-8 behind a strong performance from its hitters and a back line that gave the Panthers (6-6, 1-2 SWC) numerous extra chances to pick up points.
“I felt like we had good energy and we were leading most of the night,” South Medford head coach Robin Akpan said. “It was just coming down to putting the sets away.”
Junior Katie Clevenger had a team-high 30 kills along with three aces and three blocks, while senior Brynn Allen led the defense with 22 digs while chipping in two aces.
“We got some great defense and second chances out of Brynn Allen, our libero, and our hitters really had a great time tonight also,” Akpan said.
In addition to Clevenger, senior Emily Fliegel had 14 kills and two blocks, in addition to six kills and a team-high five blocks from sophomore Lola Horton.
The Panthers used two setters to orchestrate the attack, with senior Alexis Deschweinitz dishing out 30 assists and junior Baylee Davis adding 16 assists and three aces.
South will face North Medford on Thursday in a rematch of the Rogue Valley Classic match earlier in the season that South won 2-0.
With the loss, Roseburg fell to 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the SWC.
ASHLAND 3, NORTH EUGENE 1: At Eugene, Ashland won each of its three sets by convincing margins to defeat North Eugene 25-15, 18-25, 25-10, 25-11.
Senior Amelia Evans led the Grizzlies (4-4, 4-3 Midwestern League) with 18 kills and 11 blocks, junior Cameron Christian added four kills to go along with a team-high 16 digs, while senior Charlotte Angermeier tallied 15 assists, three aces and seven digs.
North Eugene fell to 4-6 overall and 4-4 in MWL play.
CHURCHILL 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eugene, Eagle Point played Churchill to a couple close sets, but ultimately fell 21-25, 9-25, 22-25.
On a strong night from the service line, sophomore Makynlee Schauffler led Eagle Point (0-8, 0-7 MWL) with 10 aces and senior Paige Green added six.
Senior Lily Bixler led the Eagles’ attack with nine kills, with four kills apiece coming from juniors Sydney Boren and Abby Trautman, who also led the team with eight digs. Schauffler dished out 20 assists to lead Eagle Point against Churchill (8-3, 8-1 MWL).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, DOUGLAS 2: At Winston, Cascade Christian was able to buck its recent trend in matches that go the distance, coming back to beat Douglas in five sets, 17-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-17, 15-9.
The Challengers (5-7, 3-1 Far West League) had previously lost their last three matches that went to five sets, including this past Saturday against Salem Academy.
Sophomore Maddi Carter had 19 kills and three aces, while fellow sophomore Maddie Todd had five kills, 14 aces and 14 digs. Molly Griffin, another sophomore, finished with 29 assists, and freshman Poppy Freeman added seven kills and three blocks.
Douglas fell to 3-6 and 0-3 in the FWL.