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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Challengers fall in title match

MYRTLE CREEK — Cascade Christan’s bid for a Far West League volleyball title was not in the cards Saturday against Sutherlin as the Challengers fell 24-26, 23-25, 16-25 at South Umpqua High School, a neutral site for the league championship.

The Challengers ran out to a 12-6 advantage midway through the first set and were within one point of gaining a 1-0 set lead, but the Bulldogs came back from down 24-22 by winning four straight points. Neither team led the second set by more than a few points, but Sutherlin was able to outlast Cascade Christian and take a 2-0 lead.

“I think we just lost a little bit of our mojo after losing two close ones,” Cascade Christian head coach Rob Kleker said.

Poppy Freeman led the Challengers with nine kills and six blocks, with Maddi Carter adding eight kills, Maddie Todd seven kills and Molly Griffin dishing out 26 assists. Ellie Harrington paced the Cascade defense with 35 digs.

The playoff-like atmosphere for the match, which was held after the two teams finished tied atop the FWL standings at 9-1, offered a glimpse of what lies ahead for the young Challengers, who have just three upperclassmen on their roster with five sophomores and two freshmen.

“Hopefully it just helps us gain some experience,” Kleker said of the match. “I think that’s the big thing this season — just gaining some experience for these young players that haven’t had these prominent roles that they have (now).”

Cascade Christian will close the regular season with a nonleague tilt at Mazama Tuesday before opening the Class 3A state playoffs next Saturday.

WILLAMETTE 3, EAGLE POINT 2: At Eagle Point, senior Paige Green and freshman Addy Holcomb played strong games at the net but a mid-match injury to senior Lily Bixler took some wind out of Eagle Point’s sails and the Eagles suffered a tough setback in their season finale.

Eagle Point (3-15, 2-14 MWL), already playing without junior leader Abby Trautman due to a concussion sustained Thursday, won the first two sets with 25-16 scores. The Eagles, however, were unable to close out Willamette, which won the ensuing sets 25-23, 25-19, 15-13.

Bixler, who exited with a sprained ankle early in the third set and didn’t return until the fourth, finished with eight kills while Green and Sydney Boren had seven kills apiece. Green also managed nine blocks and Holcomb had 10 blocks.

Makynlee Schauffler contributed 29 assists, Emma Kness had 21 digs and Lexie Esquibel added 15 digs for EP.

THURSTON 3, ASHLAND 1: At Ashland, Ashland was able to claim the first set but saw its early momentum slowed by Thurston, which went on to claim a 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 Midwestern League victory at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Amelia Evans had 18 kills and four blocks for Ashland (7-11, 7-9 MWL). Lainie Carter finished with four kills, three blocks and two digs, while Taylor Heie had six digs, two kills, one block and one ace.

Grizzly libero Cameron Christian recorded 32 digs, a pair of aces and one kill.

JUNCTION CITY 3, PHOENIX 0: At Junction City, Phoenix saw its chance to reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2014 fall short in a Class 4A play-in loss to Junction City, 25-7, 25-22, 25-9.

It was the first time the Pirates had reached at least the play-in stage since that 2014 campaign.

Senior Raelyssa Goff collected 15 digs and went 10-for-10 from the service line. Senior Allyson Ellis also was a perfect 10-for-10 on serves, in addition to tallying seven digs, five assists and three kills. Senior Veronica Ascencion added 10 assists for Phoenix (6-14).

Junior Ami Safady led the Pirates with eight kills and five blocks, while freshman Ariah Potts chipped in 10 digs and five kills.