PREP ROUNDUP: North falls in first round of volleyball playoffs
BEAVERTON — After making the long trip north for its Class 6A state playoff opener, the 18th-seeded North Medford volleyball team found itself on the wrong side of three close sets, losing to No. 15 Mountainside 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 in the first round Wednesday night.
“The first game kind of took us a little bit to wake up, the second game we probably should have won and the third game was kind of back and forth,” North Medford head coach Josh Elbert said. “(Mountainside was) solid, they played well. They had a libero that dug everything, so that didn’t help. They took advantage and played well.”
North Medford (12-9), the Southwest Conference runner-up, got 10 kills from senior outside hitter Jackie Aukusitino. Freshman Paije Carpenter finished with six kills, while senior Audrey Yechout added five kills.
North senior setter Pa’oa Payne-Kaeo recorded 28 assists and freshman Mackenzee Running had 17 digs.
As a team, North had four blocks and a pair of aces.
“All in all, I’m proud of these girls,” Elbert said, “and happy that we got to have a somewhat normal season.”
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: At Portland, South Medford’s season came to an end with a straight-set loss to No. 4-seeded Central Catholic, 25-14, 25-13, 25-16.
The Panthers, the No. 29 seed after a fourth-place finish in the SWC, finished with an 11-12 record.
Stats were not available as of press time.
Central Catholic, out of the Mt. Hood Conference, improved to 22-2 with its fifth straight win and will face Nelson in the second round Saturday.
ASHLAND 1, ST. MARY’S 1: St. Mary’s and Ashland scored on opposite sides of halftime as the two teams played to a draw in a rare late-October nonleague match at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
St. Mary’s (6-5-1), currently in first place in the Far West League, took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when Leo Cronk jumped on a loose ball in the penalty area and put it in the back of the net.
Ashland (8-3-2), which has clinched at least a tie for second place in the Midwestern League, played without its eight seniors due to bus shortages.
The Grizzlies tied the game six minutes into the second half on a goal by Mina Scheppmann, who is Ashland’s usual starting goalkeeper but got the chance to play in the field Wednesday.
St. Mary’s keeper Davis Jones had a strong game, making at least six saves.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4, COQUILLE 0: Emma Coats scored a pair of goals and Cascade Christian snapped its 11-game losing skid in the regular-season finale at U.S. Cellular.
The Challengers (1-11), who lost a 5-4 thriller to the Red Devils last Saturday, took a 1-0 lead within the first minute on Coats’ first goal of the day.
Bella Williams doubled Cascade Christian’s lead in the second half with a goal off a Katie Erno corner kick, then Autumn Murray made it 3-0 when she put in a rebound.
Coats capped the Challengers’ first win with her second goal, this time off an Erno assist.
Cascade limited Coquille (2-6) to two shots in the game, thanks to some strong midfield play from Williams, Erno, Murray and Katharina Gray.