Crusaders secure second place in SCL

LAKEVIEW — The youthful St. Mary's volleyball team showed veteran poise with quite a bit on the line Tuesday night at Lakeview High School.

Lakeview went on several runs in an attempt to catch the Crusaders, but to no avail, as St. Mary's took sole possession of second place, one game behind Bonanza, in the Southern Cascade League standings. The Crusaders won 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20.

"We've been working on surviving runs from other teams and not letting it get out of hand," said St. Mary's coach James Joy, whose team mainly consists of sophomores and juniors. "We did a good job controlling the momentum. Our girls did well tonight."

The Crusaders (5-3, 3-1 SCL) were able to rely heavily on the serving of outstanding sophomores Jordan Jackson and Kate Traister. Jackson served 21-for-23 with seven aces and Traister was 22-for-23 from behind the line with three aces.

Traister served six consecutive points to open the second set for St. Mary's, but the Honkers (2-2 SCL) came soaring back to take a 15-11 lead.

Once the Crusaders cut it to a 15-13 deficit, Traister served 11 points in a row to all but close out the second set.

"The thing with Kate is she serves so tough, then she's so solid on defense," said Joy. "She had a really solid all-around match for us."

In the fourth set, Traister started the Crusaders off with another six-point burst and went up 11-4. The Honkers began another comeback with a series of three-point spurts and cut it to 14-12 before the Crusaders were able to pull away.

Jackson compiled 41 assists and Traister chipped in 11 digs. Sophomore Kylee Adderson posted 12 kills and a career-high 12 blocks.

Junior Danielle Shubat contributed 10 kills and 11 digs and freshman Alexi Provost-Sheen had four blocks, one of which was a stuff to end the opening set.

Skyline Conference

NORTH VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 2 — At Phoenix, Phoenix accumulated 21 aces, including eight from Danielle Smith, but North Valley won 19-25, 28-26, 25-18, 19-25, 15-13 in the Skyline Conference match.

Smith also had five kills and two blocks for Phoenix (1-6, 0-1 Skyline), while Sarah Buell added 11 assists. Chelsea Passante added three aces, four kills and four blocks and Tessa Lockett had five aces, seven kills and two blocks for the Pirates.

HENLEY 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Henley had too many weapons for Illinois Valley as it won its Skyline Conference opener, 25-10, 25-5, 25-4.

Andrea Straw posted 11 kills and setters Cori Wallace and Alycia Dalessi each had 10 assists for the Hornets (14-1, 1-0 Skyline).

For the Cougars (2-5, 0-1), Tonya Tyler had five blocks and libero Alex Miller had 20 digs.

Sunset League

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, REEDSPORT 0 — At Reedsport, Becca Sellers and Amanda Beers each had nine kills as Cascade Christian improved to 5-0 overall and in Sunset play with the 25-13, 25-9, 25-7 victory.

Hannah Brewster chipped in 11 digs, Breanna Holtz had 20 assists and six aces and Emily Sellers had six kills.

GOLD BEACH 3, ROGUE RIVER 1 — At Rogue River, Gold Beach won 25-27, 25-17, 25-15, 28-26.

Jordan Campbell led Rogue River (1-4, 1-4 Sunset) with five kills and 17 digs. Sabrina Smith added four kills, seven digs and 11 blocks.

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