Challengers best SCH rival Crusaders

Once the Cascade Christian volleyball team shook off the nerves in their rivalry match with St. Mary's Thursday, it got back to playing the kind of "complete" volleyball that coach Rob Kleker likes to see.

Through senior setter Haley Casebier, the Challenger middle and outside hitters were able to create chaos at the net and pull out a 27-25, 25-12, 20-25, 25-9 victory at St. Mary's High School.

"I'm pretty darn proud of how they played," Kleker said. "We did a lot of talking yesterday about playing as a complete volleyball team. It was a nice, total-team effort."

The Challengers started slowly in a league-opening win on Tuesday, and Kleker wanted to see more moxie on Thursday.

"That was kind of our mind-set and our goal tonight, to keep that energy level high," Kleker said. "We were able to work the ball in the middle and we have some middles that can play. That opened up things on the outside."

Casebier was the key, racking up 36 assists and adding four kills.

Junior middle Mackenzie Kelton had 13 kills, and senior middle Meghan Higday added 11 kills and four blocks for the Challengers (7-2, 2-0 SCL), who received 10 kills from sophomore outside hitter Karlee Britton.

The Challengers' Elise Gardner contributed seven kills and six aces, three of which came during the last five points of the fourth game.

ROGUE RIVER 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Rogue River, Alli Ehrhardt's 12 kills paced Rogue River to the SCH triumph, 25-14, 25-17, 25-14.

Sarah Segura added eight kills for the Chieftains (3-4, 1-2 SCH), while Kortney Moore served six aces and 19 winners and Kailin Honea totaled 18 assists.

For Illinois Valley (1-6, 0-2), Thea Barker produced nine digs and three kills and Keyanna Augustadt five digs and three kills.

SOUTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 1 — Senior ouside hitter Sam Owirka amassed 19 kills, 22 digs and five aces for South Medford, which picked up its second victory over Grants Pass this season, 28-30, 25-19, 25-18, 25-15 at South Medford High.

Setter Chandler Criswell had 44 assists for the Panthers (4-3, 3-2 SWC) while Miranda Marincus and Emily Cutting contributed 24 digs apiece. Marincus added 10 kills.

NORTH MEDFORD 3, ASHLAND 1 — At Ashland, North Medford rebounded from an opening set loss and defeated Ashland, 21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15, in the nonconference match.

The Black Tornado improved to 6-4 overall as Mariah Williams amassed 10 kills and 23 digs, and Emily Otoski had 22 assists and three aces. Also, Emily Carlson notched five kills and three blocks, and Katy Carter served five aces to go with four kills and 12 digs.

The Grizzlies (3-5) got seven kills from Joy Harpham and 23 assists and two kills from Cassie Hall. Ashland recorded five service aces.

ROSEBURG 3, CRATER 0 — At Roseburg, Crater struggled offensively and Roseburg took advantage with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-14 win.

Courtney Savage had eight digs for the Comets (0-5 SWC) and Rachel Kingslien chipped in with three blocks.

The Indians' Anna Bruns had 13 kills and Vanessa Bentley added 23 assists.

NORTH VALLEY 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Merlin, North Valley posted a 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 Skyline triumph.

The Knights (6-5, 2-1 Skyline) were led by Stacy Kozaczuk's 12 kills, while Hannah Zyirek picked up 10 assists and Kenzi Schmoll had 14 digs.

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 0 — At Phoenix, Hidden Valley breezed to a 25-23, 25-15, 25-13 Skyline victory.

For Phoenix (4-9, 1-2 Sky), Baylee Toney had seven kills and 14 digs, and Katie Strong was 8-for-8 serving and produced 12 digs.

The Mustangs are 8-2 and 3-0.

EAGLE POINT JV 3, BUTTE FALLS 2 — At Butte Falls, senior outside hitter Mariah Moore was outstanding for Butte Falls, but Eagle Point's junior varsity used a quick start in the fifth game to get a 17-25, 27-25, 25-12, 23-25, 15-9 win.

Moore finished with 18 kills and Joli Hobbs notched five-straight service points in the fifth game to cut into the Eagles' lead.

Hannah Morris served the first five points of the frame for the Eagles, who were able to get out to an 8-1 lead and hang on.

The Loggers (8-4) had a chance to grab a two-game lead with a Game 2 triumph, but lost a game-point at 25-24 and wound up losing the game two points later.

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