Henley gets past Hidden Valley

MURPHY — Hidden Valley could not catch Henley Tuesday night in the Skyline Conference volleyball opener for both teams.

The Mustangs did, however, manage to do something no Hidden Valley team had accomplished in quite some time: win a game from the perennial league power.

Henley outlasted the Mustangs 25-18, 25-9, 23-25, 25-21 to start conference play on the right foot.

"I have a lot of respect for Henley's program and coach (Chuck) Shannon," said HV coach Robert Jackson. "They are definitely a Skyline power.

"To be able to win a game against Henley for the first time since I've been here, and I think the first time in about 10 years, was a big step for our program."

Hidden Valley (15-3, 0-1 Skyline) stayed with Henley through much of the first game until a Hornets' run sealed the win.

After Henley romped to a Game 2 win, Hidden Valley responded with a narrow victory.

Henley went ahead 24-17 in Game 4, then held off a late Hidden Valley run to secure the match.

"Just to take one game from them," said Jackson. "We didn't win (the match), but it's a stepping stone."

Freshman Sabrina Peckham had 22 digs to lead the Mustangs, while Haley Fikso had seven kills and seven blocks and Channel Smith contributed 11 kills and seven blocks.

PHOENIX 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1 — At Phoenix, Phoenix blasted Illinois Valley from the service line in its Skyline Conference opener, firing 36 aces overall to claim the victory, 25-13, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16.

Outside hitter Tessa Lockett paced the Pirates with 13 aces and went on a seven-point run in Game 1 to gain a 19-9 advantage. She sparked a five-point spurt in the following game to go up 21-14 on IV.

The Pirates (1-3, 1-0 Skyline) received eight kills from Miranda Barajas, six from Jillian Mortenson and 13 assists from setter Sarah Buell.

Erin Dauenhauer logged 12 digs for the Pirates, who had 47 as a team.

NORTH VALLEY 3, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, North Valley used the 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 victory to snap a five-match losing streak.

The Knights (1-5, 1-0 Skyline) were led at the service line by Alexandra Farmer, who went 21-for-22 with six aces. Farmer added 21 assists.

Samantha Coston paced the North Valley front line with six kills.

Rogue River (0-2, 0-1 Skyline) received six blocks from Chelsea Westlake and seven kills from Ashley Falleur.


CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, BANDON 0 — Strong serving helped Cascade Christian make quick work of Bandon for a 25-11, 25-8, 25-12 Sunset League victory.

Hannah Brewster made an 11-serve scoring run in the second game while Rachelle Buck served 10 points in the first game.

Kelsey Feyerharm chipped in with seven kills for the Challengers (4-0), Erika Thorpe had 22 assists and four kills and Emily Sellers made six kills.


LAKEVIEW 3, ST. MARY'S 0 — Lakeview's front line of Katie Stofleth, Kelli Hall and Teri Pardue helped the Honkers to a 25-19, 25-19, 25-11 victory.

Stofleth, a freshman middle, provided five blocks, while Hall and Pardue combined for 10 kills.

The St. Mary's hitters had 18 errors with just 13 kills. The Crusaders (5-8, 1-3 SCL) also struggled with their serve-receive and passing.

St. Mary's libero Sara Bayer came up with a team-high seven digs and was 14-for-14 from the service line

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