Eagle Point advances to state playoffs

EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point punctuated a strong second half in Southern Sky Conference volleyball with a win over Klamath Union Thursday that guaranteed the Eagles a berth in the state playoffs.

Eagle Point (6-7, 4-4 SSC) defeated the Pelicans, 25-19, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23, to forge a deadlock with Crater for second place on the final night of league play.

And for the second consecutive season, EP and Crater — they are both 4-4 and split their season series — will play a seeding match to determine positioning for state, for which three SSC teams qualify. The contest is at 7 p.m. Monday at Eagle Point.

Eagle Point turned around its conference season after a 1-3 first half.

"We had some distractions," said coach Rob Kleker, citing personnel issues and an injury to senior outside hitter Erin Hedrick that sidelined her for three weeks. "It was a really tough time for us as far as trying to find consistency in our lineup and consistency in the way we played."

Kleker tried to convince his players they were a playoff caliber team, but that notion didn't sink in until the second half started, he said.

The Eagles were not without resolve Thursday and prevailed after trailing late in the fourth game.

Klamath Union went ahead 21-18 before a run by the Eagles knotted it at 22 and again at 23. Then a sideout on a Hedrick kill and an ace by Kristin Wyatt finished off the Pels.

"The girls were ecstatic, they were excited," said Kleker. "We've been preaching for the last two weeks, ever since we got to the second half, that our backs were against the wall, and if we're going to make a run, we have to do it now. Now it was, 'Oh man, we did it.' You could definitely see it on their faces."

Hedrick notched 15 kills, and Hannah Mason and Wyatt each had 10. Wyatt also tallied 11 digs.

Angie Kalivas had nine kills and 16 digs, Alyssa Brown amassed 35 assists and four aces and McKensie Re had 28 digs.

ASHLAND 3, CRATER 0 — At Crater, Ashland wrapped up its regular season undefeated in the Southern Sky Conference with a convincing 25-21, 25-18, 25-15 win.

Taylor Hartrick had 16 kills and two blocks to lead the Grizzles (21-12, 8-0 SSC), who didn't drop a game in league. Kiley Pender added 27 assists and two aces, while Hayley Ross finished with eight kills.

Taylor Mackey led Crater (5-6, 4-4 SSC) with 11 digs and nine kills. The Comets play at Eagle Point in a state seeding game on Monday at 7 p.m. to determine the Nos. 2 and 3 berths to state.

Southwest Conference

SOUTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Grants Pass, South Medford picked up its first SWC win to conclude the season, 25-13, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21.

The Panthers (2-10, 1-9 SWC) split their season series with the Cavers with the help of junior middle Shameka Hubbard, who had a game-high 15 kills, and setter Callie McCoy, who amassed a season-high 38 assists.

Seniors Crystal Hooper had 10 kills and Natalie Kennedy had 15 digs.

SHELDON 3, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — Sheldon's presence at the net was too much for North Medford as it won, 25-16, 25-7, 25-12, at North.

The Black Tornado finished 5-5 in SWC play, good for fourth in the conference, while the Irish finished atop the standings at 9-1.

Gabby Parker dominated the net for the Irish, who were in command after taking a 7-1 lead in Game 2.

For North, Jaci Abeloe had four kills, and Darah Wonsyld added three. Abby Mann chipped in five digs.

Skyline Conference

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Hidden Valley served well all night and Jamie Richardson put in a solid offensive performance in the 25-7, 25-7, 25-12 win.

Richardson had nine kills, and Haley Fikso was 18-for-18 serving with two aces. Lacy Wood added six aces for the Mustangs (29-4, 6-2 Skyline), who had 16 aces.

Sunset League

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Cascade Christian completed its perfect season without losing a single game, downing Rogue River 25-7, 25-7, 25-11.

Becca Sellers notched 13 kills and setter Breanna Holtz went for 28 assists and five aces for the 14-0 Challengers, who will host the third-seeded team from the Lewis and Clark League in the state playoffs Nov. 1.

Sellers scored eight straight points early in Game 2, then Kelsey Seyerharm finished it with a seven-point run.

Rachelle Buck and Hannah Brewster both contributed seven digs, and Amanda Beers added seven kills for the Challengers.

Share This Story