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PREP VOLLEYBALL: South’s Clevenger shines in upset bid

South Medford junior outside hitter Katie Clevenger has put forth some strong matches this volleyball season, and Tuesday proved no different in the Panthers’ gym.

Clevenger notched 16 kills and 12 digs but it wasn’t enough as Sheldon staved off host South Medford in two pivotal sets to earn the Southwest Conference win, 25-20, 13-25, 25-22, 25-14.

Emily Fliegel had 10 kills and six digs and Alexis Deschweinitz doled out 16 assists for the Panthers (8-8, 3-4 SWC), who played neck-and-neck with the Irish in the first and third sets but could not get over the hump.

First-place Sheldon (16-5, 8-0) has now only lost five sets in conference play this season — three of which have come in a pair of wins over North Medford.

The Panthers were seeking to pull into a second-place tie with the Black Tornado and Roseburg at four wins apiece.

ROSEBURG 3, NORTH MEDFORD 2: At Roseburg, not much separated North Medford and Roseburg in the Southwest Conference clash, with two of the Indians’ three set wins coming in extended action.

Still, Roseburg (9-8, 4-4 SWC) was able to pull out a 26-24, 15-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-8 victory after the Black Tornado (10-7, 4-3) was unable to end the match in a tightly-contested fourth set.

Audrey Yechout had 13 kills and Jackie Aukusitino added 12 for North, while Pa’oa Payne-Kaeo contributed 35 assists. The Black Tornado served for 11 aces in a fifth meeting this season with Roseburg, with North winning the previous four matches.

NORTH BEND 3, CRATER 2: At Central Point, Crater narrowly missed a chance to upset fifth-ranked North Bend in a five-set thriller in Midwestern League action.

North Bend (13-1, 11-1 MWL) scored a tight 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 15-8 victory over the host Comets, who dropped to 7-8 overall and 7-6 in league play.

Junior Kate Stidham had 48 assists, four aces and 11 digs for the Comets, junior Kendra Bittle had 26 kills and 11 digs, and junior Madison Kocina added 16 kills, three aces and 10 digs.

Sophomore Joslyhn Pope had a team-high 25 digs and sophomore Abigail Winslow added 15 digs.

MAZAMA 3, PHOENIX 0: At Phoenix, Raelyssa Goff came up with 25 digs and Ami Safady had three aces, five kills and five blocks for Phoenix, but the Pirates could not overcome Mazama in a 25-19, 25-16, 25-15 Skyline Conference loss.

Morgan Miles and Ariah Potts each had 10 digs and two kills for Phoenix (6-11, 3-5 Skyline), which was strong in its service game (49-for-52) with seven aces against the Vikings (16-0, 8-0).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, SOUTH UMPQUA 1: Led by 16 kills from Maddi Carter plus 15 kills and 11 digs from Maddie Todd, Cascade Christian picked up a 25-13, 19-25, 25-11, 25-18 win at home in Far West League play.

Poppi Freeman added nine kills and four aces and Molly Griffin handled 35 assists for the Challengers (9-8, 7-1 FWL), who won their seventh straight league match.

South Umpqua fell to 5-10 overall and 3-5 in the FWL.

SUTHERLIN 3, ST. MARY’S 2: St. Mary’s fought Far West League foe Sutherlin to five sets before the Bulldogs pulled out a 21-25, 25-22, 13-25, 25-14, 15-7 win.

Junior Kelsey Dunn had 17 kills to lead St. Mary’s (8-9, 4-4 FWL), with Lainey Stranberg adding 10 kills and 16 digs. Albie Borovansky chipped in 15 digs for the Crusaders and Kaitlyn Hansen tallied 26 assists against Sutherlin (15-5, 7-1), which remained tied atop the league standings with Cascade Christian.

GLIDE 3, ROGUE RIVER 2: At Rogue River, Rogue River battled but came up short in its bid to double its win total in a five-set, Southern Cascade League loss to Glide, 25-19, 20-25, 11-25, 25-20, 15-11.

Rogue River dropped to 2-10 overall and 1-6 in SCL play.