PREP ROUNDUP: Crater clips Eagles for MWL win
EAGLE POINT — Crater cracked down on unforced errors and capitalized on its strengths to secure a Midwestern League volleyball sweep at Eagle Point, 25-14, 25-18, 25-17, on Thursday.
Crater’s Madison Kocina contributed 13 kills and three aces, while fellow junior Kendra Bittle added 11 kills and three aces for the Comets (6-6, 6-4 MWL).
“We definitely came together as a team tonight,” said Crater coach Megan Dunn. “It’s been kind of spotty in our attendance recently due to injuries and sickness but we had our whole team tonight and it was nice to see them all out on the court together and getting it done.”
Kate Stidham added 29 assists and Abigail Winslow had 15 digs for Crater against the Eagles (0-11, 0-10).
Abby Trautman had five kills and six digs for EP, while Makynlee Schauffler contributed two aces among her nine service points to go with three blocks.
Lily Bixler added four kills, Emma Kness had four digs and the Eagles got three blocks apiece from Malia Ricciardi and Sydney Boren.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 0: North Medford senior Jackie Aukusitino had 14 kills and four aces to lead the Black Tornado to a Southwest Conference sweep at home, 25-18, 25-20, 28-26.
Audrey Yechout added 10 kills and Pa’oa Payne-Kaeo doled out 31 assists for North Medford (8-5, 4-2 SWC). Makayla Miller added 14 digs against the Cavers (1-8, 0-6).
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, SOUTH EUGENE 2: At Eugene, South Medford improved to 8-7 overall and 3-3 in Southwest Conference play with a hard-fought five-set victory.
The Panthers won 25-21, 18-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13.
Baylee Davis had 22 assists, four kills and four aces, Katie Clevenger had 20 kills, six aces and 15 digs while Emily Fliegel added 10 kills, three aces and five digs.
In front of the net, Naomi Johnson had six blocks and Lola Horton, who clinched the match on a block in the fifth set, added four blocks and two kills.
CHURCHILL 3, ASHLAND 0: At Eugene, Churchill didn’t leave any room for error in claiming the 25-25, 25-21, 25-18 MWL win despite 13 kills and six blocks from Ashland senior Amelia Evans.
Cameron Christian came up with 18 digs and Stella Crane had four kills for the Grizzlies (5-7, 5-5 MWL), while Lainie Carter added two kills and five digs.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, SUTHERLIN 1: At Sutherlin, Cascade Christian made the necessary adjustments in a 17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 win to avenge a previous Far West League loss to Sutherlin.
Junior Maddi Carter had 20 kills and six aces, while sophomore Maddie Todd added 11 kills for the Challengers (6-8, 4-1 FWL), who dropped a five-set heartbreaker to Sutherlin on Sept. 21.
Junior Ellie Harrington led Cascade with 23 digs and sophomore Molly Griffin dished out 34 assists against Sutherlin (14-5, 6-1).
DOUGLAS 3, ST. MARY’S 2: Kelsey Dunn led St. Mary’s with 21 kills while Lainey Stranberg contributed 10 kills and 19 digs, but Douglas eked out the FWL victory, 13-25, 25-21, 15-25, 25-23, 15-9.
The Crusaders (8-7, 4-2 FWL) had a chance to close out Douglas in the fourth set but the Trojans (4-9, 1-6) earned a narrow decision to force a fifth and final set.
Emma Johnston went 27-for-27 from the service line with 11 aces for St. Mary’s, while Albie Borovansky had 18 digs and Emma Johnston added 15 digs. Kaitlyn Hansen contributed 33 assists.
EAGLE POINT 7, CHURCHILL 0: At Eugene, junior Edgar Lopez scored a first-half hat trick on his way to a four-goal day to lead Eagle Point to a comfortable Midwestern League win.
Lopez opened the scoring in the sixth minute, then doubled Eagle Point’s lead 18 minutes later off a pass from Brennen Neyt. Lopez completed his hat trick three minutes before halftime after collecting a long punt from keeper Trenton Silani.
Cesar Campuzano made it 4-0 in the 55th minute off a cross from Gerardo Herrera before Lopez scored his final goal when he jumped on a loose ball.
Neyt recorded the Eagles’ last two goals of the game, with Campuzano and Moses Angel recording the assists.
Silani made three saves to help the Eagles (4-3, 4-1, MWL) record their second shutout in the last three games.
Seniors Alejandro Redondo and Diego Garcia had strong games in the midfield against Churchill (4-6, 1-2).
CHURCHILL 2, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eugene, Eagle Point finished with more shots on goal but Churchill was more clinical in front of the net as the Lancers picked up the Midwestern League win.
Eagle Point (2-4-1, 1-2-1 MWL) recorded seven shots on goal, while Churchill (3-4-1, 2-0-1) only had three. But it was the Lancers who grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute.
Churchill doubled its lead with a 76th-minute penalty kick.
Eagle Point senior Kylie Balero had a strong performance as the Eagles’ defensive midfielder, as did senior center back Yesenia Avila, who was able to help the back line limit Churchill’s scoring chances.