Cascade Christian strolls past Glide

GOLD BEACH — For the Cascade Christian volleyball team, it was a one-sided battle of the Sunset League unbeatens on Thursday.

The Challengers' offense was fluent and the defense was tenacious as they rolled to a 25-17, 25-10, 25-20 triumph over Gold Beach,ultimately establishing themselves as the conference's team to beat.

Butterflies made their way into the stomachs of the Challengers (4-0, 4-0 Sunset) at the beginning of the opening set, but they came roaring back to make a statement.

"(We) came out a little nervous," Cascade Christian coach Sabrina Smith said. "But sometimes if you lose sight of why you're playing the game, you'll get nervous. Then, I think once we got back to the fundamentals, we weren't nervous anymore."

Junior setter Breanna Holtz continued her breakout season for the Challengers. She dished out 27 assists and made things easy for the likes of Becca Sellers and Rachelle Buck.

"She stepped up and was a great leader tonight," said Smith of Holtz. "She has showed a lot of maturity so far. I'm really impressed with the growth she's made the last few weeks."

Sellers posted 13 kills and Buck added nine.

Cascade Christian's Amanda Beers made things difficult for the Panthers (3-1, 3-1 Sunset) at the net. She had five blocks in-all — two solo and three assisted.

GLIDE 3, ROGUE RIVER 1 — At Glide, Rogue River tinkered with the lineup and played its best match of the year but could not overcome Glide, losing 25-18, 24-26, 25-18, 25-15.

Makaela Stalker led Rogue River (1-3 Sunset) with six kills, five blocks and two digs. Sabrina Smith added five kills and five blocks, while Alli Ehrhardt finished with six blocks and two kills.

MAZAMA 3, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Merlin, Jennifer Saltenberger had seven kills and four blocks and Mazama swept North Valley in a nonconference match 25-14, 25-15, 25-14.

Kelsea MacPhee added five kills and three blocks for the Vikings.

North Valley was led by Mariah Crawford's five kills.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 3, HAPPY CAMP 1 — At Cave Junction, after Illinois Valley settled down, its serving came on in a big way.

The Cougars accumulated 35 aces as a team, an incredible 27 of which came from Rebecca Kaverline in a 23-25, 25-19, 25-12, 26-24 nonconference triumph over Happy Camp (Calif.).

Kaverline helped the Cougars' confidence snowball in the second game when she fired 17 aces in a row.

Kaverline also registered 10 kills and 14 digs. Junior Callie Harland added six aces and senior setter Brittany Lloyd racked up 40 assists.

Tonya Tyler posted a team-high 15 kills for Illinois Valley (2-4).

Boys Soccer

MCLAUGHLIN 1, PHOENIX 0 — At Gladstone, Oscar Flores scored from six yards out on a crossing header in the seventh minute to lead three-time defending state champion McLaughlin to the tightly contested nonconference win over Phoenix (4-2, 1-1 Skyline).

McLaughlin (4-1) outshot Phoenix 7-5 and had two corner kicks to the Pirates' one.

Phoenix's Ryo Nishimura nearly had the equalizer close to the end of the first half, but his shot from 25-yards out just bent away from the goal with the keeper out of position to make a play.

HENLEY 3, JUNCTION CITY 1 — At Klamath Falls, Michael Kelly's pair of first-half goals sparked Henley, which sprung out to a 3-0 halftime lead over Junction City.

Kelly's scores came in the 23rd and 35th minutes, the latter on a set up from his older brother Matt Kelly.

Matt Kelly also assisted on Danny Celemin's icebreaker goal in the 13th minute. Celemin leads the Hornets (4-1-1) with five goals thus far.

Hornets goalkeeper Nick Golden made five saves on Junction City's eight shots on goal.

Girls Soccer

EAGLE POINT 3, HIDDEN VALLEY JV 1 — At Eagle Point, Kaylee Tuttle notched two first-half goals to help Eagle Point put away the Hidden Valley junior varsity in a nonconference match.

Tuttle, a right-footed shooter, got the Eagles (2-1-1) going eight minutes in with an 18-yard left-footed goal on a pass through the middle from Tiffany Burke.

After Hidden Valley's Ashley Hart tied the score 1-all at the 14 minute mark, Tuttle tallied again on a cross from Erica Rasor in the 32nd minute.

Sarah Lilley padded the lead in the 70th minute with an unassisted goal.

Goalkeeper Taylor Anderson had four saves for the Eagles.

Eagle Point's backline of Cassie Boykin, Haylie Winner, Nicole Munez and Lindsay Marsh helped limit Hidden Valley to eight shots on goal.

The Eagles had 20 shots on goal and Rasor hit the crossbar twice.

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