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PREP VB: Eagle Point surges past Ashland

ASHLAND — So far this season, the Eagle Point volleyball team has been finding various ways to win matches.

On Tuesday, the Eagles used several mini scoring runs to whittle away at host Ashland and capture a 25-18, 25-17, 25-13 Midwestern League victory.

“We put the game away early in the third set, which has not been a common theme for us in the past and it’s great to win games like that,” Eagles coach Jacob Schauffler said. “Every game we seem to win a little bit differently, and that’s how you should win at volleyball. That’s exciting.”

Over the third set, the Eagles (4-3, 2-3 MWL) weathered the Grizzlies (0-6, 0-4) with five- and six-point streaks to jump out to a 10-3 lead and later grabbed a 20-12 advantage before closing the match on a 5-1 run.

Outside hitters Addie Holcomb and Emma Kness registered 10 kills apiece for the Eagles. Holcomb, a sophomore, also went for 20 digs and three aces while the junior Kness collected 15 digs and four aces.

Junior setter Makynlee Schauffler paced the Eagles in assists with 24 and aces with five, and senior middle blocker Abby Trautman came away with five kills and 26 digs.

The Eagles also received six kills from junior Baylee Mullen and 17 digs from senior defensive specialist Jaylinn Holte.

KLAMATH UNION 3, PHOENIX 0: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix was unable to overcome stints of flat play and fell in straight sets to Klamath Union, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21, in Skyline Conference play.

The Pirates (3-6, 0-2 Skyline) were able to get as close as potentially prolonging things when they tied the score at 20-all in the third set, but the Pelicans (6-4, 1-1) were able to close strong for their first league win of the season.

COQUILLE 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2: At Coquille, Cascade Christian was one set away from its fourth straight win but the Challengers were unable to close out in a 14-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-25, 10-15 loss to Far West league foe Coquille.

Poppy Freeman led the way for Cascade Christian (4-5, 2-1 FWL) with 17 kills and 13 assists. Maddie Todd added nine kills and a team-high 18 digs.

Coquille improved to 9-3 overall and 3-0 in the FWL.

ST. MARY’S 3, DOUGLAS 0: At Winston, junior Emma Johnston and senior Kelsey Dunn posted nine kills apiece to help propel St. Mary’s past Far West League foe Douglas, 25-22, 25-23, 25-21.

Johnston also paced the Crusaders (5-3, 2-0 FWL) with 12 digs and four aces while senior Kaitlyn Hansen finished with 27 assists and went 12-for-12 with three aces from the service line. The Crusaders came away with 12 aces on the evening.

St. Mary’s also received five kills from junior Noelle Thickett, 11 digs from senior Albie Borovansky and three blocks from junior Maddie Ward.

Douglas dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in FWL action.

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