Grant eliminates North Medford in volleyball

North Medford looked primed to advance into the Class 6A volleyball playoff bracket after winning the opening two sets against visiting Grant at the Black Tornado gym Saturday.

But the Generals roared back to defeat North Medford, 22-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-7 in the state play-in match that ended the Black Tornado season.

North Medford, which finished fourth in the five-team Southern Oregon Hybrid league, came out loose and was clicking in the opening two games.

"The girls didn't worry and didn't make a ton of mistakes," said North Medford coach Erika Wright about her team's quick start. "We made Grant earn any points they got by us playing great defense."

But as the match progressed, North's inconsistency at the net hurt.

"We began making more mistakes and getting timid," said Wright. "It was our attacking errors in the end that got us."

Freshman outside hitter Caty Carter stepped up for North with a team-high 13 kills.

"(Carter) is probably one of our best hitters, especially on the wings," said Wright. "She's able to see the block well and is willing to take risks. She's a good volleyball player all the way around."

Emily Otoski, a junior setter, provided six aces, four kills and 20 assists and junior middle Caiti Barrie added seven kills and four blocks. Kim Gomez turned in a steady performance as a libero.

WESTVIEW 3, CRATER 0 — At Portland, Rachel Kingslien and Jaimee Boskovich each had four blocks and four kills to pace Crater in the Class 6A play-in loss.

Westview was consistent in winning 25-11, 25-20, 25-12.

Courtney Savage added eight digs for the Comets (0-18).

Class 5A

EAGLE POINT 3, DALLAS 0 — At Dallas, Tatum Winter delivered 12 kills and five blocks and Carolina Regalado had 26 assists to lead Eagle Point to a 25-18, 26-24, 25-16 victory in the Class 5A first round play-in game.

Jenna Richardson and Krystyn Cline each had eight kills and Lesley Neilson added 18 digs for the Eagles (9-12), who play at Midwestern League champion Marist at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the play-in second round.

The Eagles staved off Dallas in Game 2 after allowing their 23-17 lead to disappear. With the score tied at 24-all and Dallas serving, Winter came up with a kill and Regalado followed with an ace to close out the game.

Class 3A

ST.MARY'S 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1 — Southern Cascade Hybrid champion St. Mary's won the seeding match, 20-25, 25-13, 27-25, 25-14, at the Crusader gym to garner the league's top spot in the state playoffs.

In the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs next Saturday, the Crusaders will host a to-be-determined opponent while second-seeded Cascade Christian will play on the road.

St. Mary's regrouped after dropping the first game by opening the second set with a 10-0 run. Domonique Valdez served nine straight to get the Crusaders off to a successful start.

Middles Kylee Adderson and Alexi Provost-Shean helped St. Mary's take control at the net. Adderson pounded 13 kills and blocked eight hits, while Provost-Shean chipped in nine kills and six blocks.

Setter Jordan Jackson had 27 assists and libero Sam Bayer had 18 digs for the Crusaders. Valdez led the squad with four aces and Kate Traister played strong defense all around.

For Cascade Christian, freshman outside Karlee Britton came up with 14 digs to go with five kills, while Amanda Kinney put down 10 kills, dug 15 balls and served two aces. Haley Casebier added 25 assists and 12 digs and Mackenzie Kelton provided eight digs and five kills.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, LAKEVIEW 2 — Cascade Christian secured a state playoff berth with the 25-16, 20-25, 25-14, 16-25, 16-14 league playoff victory at the St. Mary's gym.

Setter Haley Casebier had a versatile performance for the Challengers with 30 assists, 24 digs, four aces and three blocks.

Cascade Christian received a 17-kill and 18-dig effort from outside hitter Amanda Kinney. Middle blocker Megan Higday chipped in seven kills and three blocks and Kelly Brawner had six digs and a team-high five aces.

Class 1A

MOUNTAIN VALLEY LEAGUE DISTRICT — At Klamath Falls, Butte Falls secured the third place in the Mountain Valley League with a 25-17, 26-24, 25-20 win over Prospect and will open the first round of Class 1A play-in action next week at the No. 2 seed from the Skyline League.

The Loggers (13-6) opened the district playoffs seeded third and lost to second-place North Lake in a five-game thriller, 25-18, 30-28, 16-25, 19-25, 15-13. Facing fourth-place Prospect (13-7), which had earlier dispatched fifth-place Triad, Butte Falls got nine kills from Mariah Moore and eight kills from Bessie Taylor to secure the pivotal victory.

Against North Lake, Taylor notched 11 aces in 38 service attempts to keep her team in contention. Her serving was particularly important in rallying the Loggers in Games 3 and 4, and she played a key role in helping her team answer a 12-3 start to the fifth game by North Lake. Moore also contributed 11 kills.

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