Experienced Panthers down Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS — Experience overcame youth as South Medford, a team with nine seniors, outlasted a Grants Pass team that starts four sophomores and has just four total seniors.

The Panthers (9-3, 1-2 SWC) won 25-11, 23-25, 25-17, 25-15 on Thursday and displayed their depth in the process with four players accounting for double-digit kills and five players with double-digit digs.

Though South Medford fell in the second game, thanks in part to seven missed serves, the Panthers rallied from a 21-15 deficit and were in control the rest of the match.

"We played at a pretty high level, and consistent level, and that's been our big issue," said South Medford coach Adam Wagman. "It was a really solid team effort."

Senior middle blocker Lauren Thompson (four blocks, 13 kills), senior setter Sara George (four aces, 41 assists), and senior libero Chelsie Note (23 digs) paced South Medford.

Senior outside hitter Chelsey Chamberlain led Grants Pass (4-2, 1-2 SWC) with eight kills and seven digs.

NORTH MEDFORD 3, SOUTH EUGENE 0 — Senior middle hitters Megan Bartling and Kyle Jolley sparked fifth-ranked North Medford to a 25-19, 25-19, 25-8 home victory.

Bartling slammed 11 kills to go with six blocks, while Jolley contributed seven kills and five blocks.

The Black Tornado (16-2, 3-0 SWC) jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the opener, then went to an immediate 6-0 advantage in the final game. With North leading 20-18 in the middle game, Jolley served four straight points to help seal the win.

Senior outside hitter Whitney Hodnet put down eight kills and came up with eight digs, setter Natalie Lorenz distributed 29 assists.

ROSEBURG 3, SHELDON 0 — At Eugene, Katelyn Powers had 23 digs and 12 kills and Nikki Bassett posted 19 kills as Roseburg slipped by Sheldon, 25-20, 25-22, 28-26, in a Southwest Conference match.

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