Indians too much for Black Tornado in SWC debut

ROSEBURG — The North Medford volleyball team demonstrated grit despite losing its Southwest Conference opener on the road Thursday to sixth-ranked Roseburg, 25-17, 25-17, 26-28, 25-19.

In winning the third set, senior captain and outside hitter Hillevi Johnson had nine digs and two kills while senior middle Darah Wonsyld tallied six kills for the Black Tornado.

Junior Logan Hagey's strong effort at libero, coming up with 18 digs, might have earned her a starting spot.

"It was kind of her coming out game, if you will," said coach Erika Wright. "She played really well, and this showed that she earned the spot. She kind of nailed that down tonight."

Also for North (4-4, 0-1 SWC), senior setter Danielle Boyd had 14 assists and 11 digs.

SHELDON 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — Visiting Sheldon used strong front-line play and outstanding defense to get past South Medford, 25-12, 25-12, 25-16.

Sophomore outside Emily Cutting had a spirited match for the Panthers with 11 digs and three kills. Sophomore setter and hitter Samantha Owirka led South with five kills.

SOUTH EUGENE 3, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Grants Pass, South Eugene dropped the first set but rallied for a 21-25, 25-12, 25-13, 25-18 victory.

Hannah Johnson and Mikaela Zottola paced the Grants Pass front line with eight kills each.

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