Challengers land Sunset title

Amanda Beers turned up her performance level for Cascade Christian as the second-ranked Challengers clinched the Sunset League volleyball championship with a sweep of second-place Reedsport Tuesday at The Pavilion.

Cascade Christian defeated the Braves, 25-8, 25-16, 25-18, to remain unbeaten in its first year in the Class 3A conference.

"We're clicking with each other," said Cascade Christian first-year coach Trea Connick. "We had fun and played together tonight."

Beers, a junior transfer from South Medford, had four blocks and five kills from her middle spot.

"It was Amanda's best match," said Connick. "She connected with our setter and she's getting into the mix."

Junior Rachelle Buck provided a team-high 10 kills for the Challengers, while sophomore outside Becca Sellers pounded seven kills and had two blocks.

"We had a lot of long runs from the service line," said Connick. "We were serving tough and placing the ball well. They couldn't run their offense and they were free-balling."

Cascade senior setter Erika Thorpe handed out 26 assists.

"Our passers were giving perfect passes," said Connick. "We were able to run some fun stacks and change up our offense some."

The Challengers (17-5, 11-0 Sunset) complete the regular season Thursday at Myrtle Point, then will host a 3A state playoff match Nov. 3.

Skyline Conference

PHOENIX 3, ROGUE RIVER 2 — At Phoenix, the Pirates won a highly contested match against league foe Rogue River, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 18-16.

Phoenix improves to 4-5 in Skyline Conference play, while Rogue River falls to 2-7.

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Murphy, Chanel Smith had 13 kills and Chelsie Hennig provided seven blocks to lead Hidden Valley to the 25-4, 25-7, 25-9 win.

Destinee Hernandez also had a productive night with two kills, four assists and three digs for the Mustangs (7-2 Skyline), while defensive specialists Victoria Harris and Breanne Ross also played well, said coach Robert Jackson.

Illinois Valley fell to 0-7 in league.

HENLEY 3, NORTH VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, fourth-ranked Henley used solid passing to maintain control of the match and remain undefeated in the Skyline Conference with a 25-11, 25-6, 25-20 victory.

Lacey Reed led the Hornets (25-2, 9-0 Skyline) with 10 kills while Sierra Patzke had 21 assists.

For North Valley (5-9, 5-4), Mariah Crawford was perfect from the service line, making good on all eight of her attempts.


BONANZA 3, ST. MARY'S 0 — At Bonanza, despite a 25-17, 25-16, 25-15 loss, St. Mary's is still in the hunt for a league playoff spot.

St. Mary's is 4-7 in SCL play and will complete the league season against Lakeview next Tuesday.

Senior middle Laura Thompson led the Crusaders' attack with seven kills and sophomore Danielle Shubat added five kills to go with 27 digs.

Senior libero Sara Bayer paced the St. Mary's defense with 22 digs.

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