PREP ROUNDUP: Crater puts away South in straight sets
Down to the finish line of the regular season, the Crater volleyball team’s cohesion is coming together at the right time.
The Comets picked up a 25-20, 25-15, 25-15 win at South Medford on Thursday night, marking their third straight win, all of which have come in straight set sweeps.
Kendra Bittle and Madison Kocina led Crater’s offense with 14 and 13 kills, respectively, Kate Stidham collected 35 assists, seven aces and eight digs — all team highs — while Danica Huntoon had three blocks. Bittle also chipped in seven digs on defense.
“Our team ... every single person had so much confidence on the court,” Crater head coach Megan Dunn said. “It seemed like every out there tonight was contributing and was on.
“It was really great to see them playing together and so well.”
Crater improved to 10-8 overall with the nonleague win. Currently in fourth place in the Midwestern League, the Comets will play host to North Eugene on Tuesday in their final match of the regular season.
South Medford (10-11), which came off of a 3-1 win over rival North Medford on Tuesday night, got a team-high 12 kills from Katie Clevenger, while Alexis Deschweinitz tallied 12 assists and five digs. Emily Fliegel added eight kills and Naomi Johnson chipped in seven kills.
The Panthers wrap up the regular season tonight with a Southwest Conference matchup at Grants Pass.
PHOENIX 8, NORTH VALLEY 0: At Merlin, senior forward Victor Martinez scored a hat trick within the game’s opening 41 minutes and junior Jenner Seldon added a pair of goals to lead Phoenix to the blowout win.
Martinez, who scored all five of the Pirates’ goals in Monday’s 5-3 win over Hidden Valley, followed it up with goals in the 22nd, 27th and 41st minutes.
Phoenix (12-2, 7-2 Skyline) went ahead in the third minute on a goal from senior Jorge Mejia. Seldon scored the first of his two goals in the 15th minute to double the Pirates’ lead.
Senior Caden Gallegos and junior Johnny Reyes also had goals for the Pirates, who have won four straight.
Mejia and junior Daniel Palomino both had a pair of assists, while seniors Tucker Speaks and Reif Stanfield each recorded a second-half assist.
Phoenix defenders Sergio Alegria and Dominic Crenshaw had strong games at the back as well to keep North Valley (3-6-2, 2-5-2) quiet. Both players also recorded an assist.
NORTH VALLEY 4, PHOENIX 0: At Phoenix, North Valley scored two quick goals at the end of the first half and claimed the Skyline Conference win at P-T Rising Stadium.
Senior Olivia Allen opened the scoring for North Valley (5-4-3, 3-4-2 Skyline) with a right-footed shot from just outside the box. Just two minutes later, junior RaeAnn Schrock doubled the visitors’ lead after putting away a loose ball in the Phoenix box.
North Valley added to its lead in the second half via an own goal and a Jessica Mockridge header off a corner kick.
The Pirates fell to 3-9 overall and 1-8 in Skyline play with the loss.
ST. MARY’S 3, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 0: Under windy conditions at U.S. Cellular Community Park, St. Mary’s settled in quickly and scored three first-half goals in a nonleague matchup.
Ryker Rothfus scored the first two goals for the Crusaders (5-6) off assists from Samantha Gallardo and Brennan Gangnes. In the 22nd minute, Gangnes made it 3-0 with a nice left-footed shot from the corner of the box that tucked inside the far post after receiving a pass from Kate Stillwell.
Gangnes nearly scored again in the second half after Bruins goalkeeper Dakota Greenwood moved up to make a challenge and left an open net, but the chip shot was saved near the goal line by Sophia Bauer.
Brookings-Harbor fell to 8-3 overall.