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PREP ROUNDUP: Eagle Point snaps 37-match skid

SPRINGFIELD — Volleyball wins don’t come around every day at Eagle Point, so first-year head coach Jacob Schauffler made sure his Eagles didn’t miss a quality opportunity Saturday.

Having already won the first two sets in a match against Springfield, Eagle Point fell flat in the third set and faced a 15-4 deficit in the fourth before Schauffler used his final timeout to encourage his players to not give in.

The Eagles responded in impressive fashion, rallying in the fourth set to claim their first victory in just over two years with a 25-20, 25-18, 13-25, 25-22 triumph over the Millers.

“The girls were just ecstatic, it was unbelievable,” said Schauffler. “For them to get their first match of the season and to come back and win in that fashion is kind of special for them.”

Saturday’s win snapped a 37-match losing streak and marked Eagle Point’s first win since a 3-2 triumph over Phoenix on Sept. 16, 2019. The victory over Springfield also was the Eagles’ first conference win since beating North Bend, 3-1, on Oct. 4, 2018.

Only senior Lily Bixler and junior Jaylinn Holte were part of that 2019 team so Saturday’s win was the first for most on the Eagle Point roster.

Abby Trautman led the Eagles (1-12, 1-11 MWL) with 14 kills while fellow junior Sydney Boren added 10 kills against Springfield.

Holte had nine digs and served for 14 points, including four aces, while sophomore Makynlee Schauffler had five aces and 36 assists. Emma Kness added 19 digs and Paige Green served for 19 points with three aces.

After falling behind in the pivotal fourth set, the Eagles were able to chip away at their deficit with chunks of four or five points at a time until ultimately tying the Millers at 18-all. That same momentum continued to the final point for EP.

In later action against Thurston, the Eagles fell in straight sets 25-10, 25-18, 25-13. Holte picked up a pair of aces from the service line and Kness had a team-high 12 digs.

CRATER SPLITS: At Springfield, Crater junior Kendra Bittle had a career-high 30 kills to go with six blocks in a five-set loss to Thurston and Abigail Winslow contributed nine kills and 12 digs in a sweep of Springfield during a Midwestern League road twin bill.

Thurston was able to pull out a nail-biter over the Comets (7-7, 7-5 MWL) in the first match, 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 22-25, 15-13.

Against the Colts, Danica Huntoon finished with nine kills and six blocks, Alexa Gugliotta had eight kills and four blocks, Winslow picked up 17 digs and Kate Stidham supplied 53 assists and four aces.

Crater swept Springfield 25-20, 25-17, 25-13 as Bittle knocked down 14 kills, Stidham had 38 assists and Joslyhn Pope had nine digs.

Cross-country

PAUL MARIMAN INVITATIONAL: At Philomath, St. Mary’s senior Addie Jensen placed 44th in the varsity 5,000-meter girls race to lead the Crusaders.

Jensen clocked a time of 23 minutes, 0.9 seconds and Sydney Godwin took 54th place in a season-best time of 23:33.1. Marist’s Jennifer Tsai won the race in 19:24.9 and helped Marist take first place in the team scoring. St. Mary’s placed 12th as a team.

In the boys varsity race, Vincent Savage (19:14.2) and Cody Arnold (19:14.5) crossed the finish line alongside each other in 55th and 56th place, respectively. The Crusaders finished 11th in the team scoring, while Siuslaw claimed first place behind individual winner Chad Hughes, who finished in 16:32.5.

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