Challengers stay perfect in Sunset

MYRTLE POINT — Cascade Christian completed its Sunset League schedule unblemished Thursday at Myrtle Point, but it certainly wasn't easy.

The No. 2 Challengers defeated the Bobcats, 25-18, 22-25, 26-24, 25-17 behind a career night from setter Erika Thorpe, who had a season-high 39 assists to go along with five aces.

Sophomore Becca Sellers finished with 14 kills and 16 digs, Emily Sellers tallied 12 kills and Rachelle Buck managed 10 kills for Cascade Christian (18-5, 12-0 Sunset).

The Challengers' libero Hannah Brewster amassed 20 digs and Amanda Beers had five blocks.

Cascade Christian meets the No. 4 team from the West Valley League in the first round of the state playoffs on Nov. 3.

"I don't know what our deal was (Thursday)," Cascade Christian coach Trea Connick said. "I don't have one specific thing."

The Challengers had 12 total aces and received strong serving runs at opportune times. Thorpe led Cascade Christian from a 2-2 tie to an 8-2 lead in Game 3.

"That really helped us get the momentum back after losing that second game," Connick said. "It was our serving that helped us."

Buck had a strong serving run in the final game of the match. Cascade Christian led 18-17 but led 24-18 before the Bobcats finally forced a sideout.

Skyline Conference

NORTH VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 0 — At Merlin, North Valley swept by Phoenix, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15 to secure third place in the Skyline Conference.

Phoenix (4-6 Skyline) finishes the season in fourth place and will host fifth-place Rogue River on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in a league playoff match. The winner goes to North Valley on Monday, with the winner of that contest clinching the third and final state-playoff spot from the conference.

Miranda Barajas led Phoenix, which committed 14 service errors, with nine kills, eight aces and 14 digs. Anita Pond had 14 digs and Chandler Tally contributed three blocks.

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Megan Swanson had six kills and Haley Fikso added two kills and four blocks as Hidden Valley closed out the regular season with a 25-7, 25-13, 25-20 win.

The Mustangs, who finished second in the Skyline Conference, will host Banks on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a first-round state-playoff match.

Also for Hidden Valley (29-6-1, 8-2 Skyline), Chelsea Hennig was 22 of 24 with six aces from the service line, including a stretch of 15 straight points to help the Mustangs close out Game 2.

HENLEY 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, third-ranked Henley (26-2, 10-0 Skyline) easily handled Illinois Valley, 25-3, 25-7, 25-10.

The Skyline champion Hornets will host the Sky-Em runner-up in a Class 4A state playoff Nov. 3.

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