CENTRAL POINT — Crater hadn’t lost a game in winning three volleyball matches to open the season.
But North Eugene turned the tables on the Comets with a 25-20, 25-16, 25-22 sweep in a Midwestern League contest at Crater High Thursday.
Undefeated North Eugene (4-0, 3-0 MWL) hadn’t beaten Crater since both schools began play in the Midwestern League three years ago.
“They pushed us pretty hard last year,” said Crater coach Leaf Jensen. “It was evident from the start they wanted it bad and we weren’t quite ready for them. We got rolled early.”
The Comets (3-1, 2-1) had no answer for North Eugene senior outside hitter Descinda Slaughter.
“(Slaughter) is one of the best all-around players in our conference,” said Jensen. “She jumps high, she’s long and hits hard. She has all kinds of tools at her disposal.”
The Comets were led by junior middle Maya Van Hook with nine kills and two blocks and Nehkyah Ellis, a junior outside, with nine kills.
Crater’s Rane Jensen, a junior libero, had 18 digs.
“I hope this match wakes us up,” said the Comet coach. “If we want to finish at the top of our conference, we need to improve.”
ROSEBURG 3, GRANTS PASS 1: At Roseburg, Roseburg won the Southwest Conference match, 25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 25-18.
The Indians improved to 3-1 overall, 1-1 in the SWC. Grants Pass dropped to 2-4, 0-2 in league.
EAGLE POINT 3, MAZAMA 0: At Eagle Point, Ryleigh Gainey had a strong all-around match and Eagle Point registered 49 aces in the nonleague contest.
Gainey, a senior outside hitter, contributed 12 aces, 12 kills and 19 digs and junior setter Nauvoo Beal added 23 assists, 12 aces and 11 digs.
Also for the Eagles (1-1), Emmalee Stevens and Aliah Darling each served nine aces and combined for 21 digs.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, HENLEY 0: At Klamath Falls, Cascade Christian demonstrated great defensive intensity and was led at the net by outside hitters Caroline McMahon and Alyssa Vaughn in the 25-13, 25-14, 25-17 nonconference road victory.
McMahon, a junior, slammed 18 kills and the senior Vaughn added eight.
Senior setter Allison Winter dished out 41 assists and libero Aubrey Kievit had 18 of the Challengers’ 42 digs.
Defending state champion Cascade Christian (2-0) will host Vale and Creswell in a double dual beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Creswell finished second and Vale was third in last year’s state 3A tournament.
ST. MARY’S SWEPT: At Klamath Falls, St. Mary’s fell to Bonanza, 25-21, 25-9, 25-13, and lost to Hosanna Christian, 25-9, 25-7, 25-14.
Against Bonanza, Katie Rietmann had five kills and five blocks, Hallie Shean added four kills and three aces and went 9-for-10 serving and Abbie Christman served a perfect 10-for-10.
Against Hosanna Christian, Shean recorded eight kills, Rietmann three blocks and Lauren Russo six digs.
ROGUE RIVER 3, BANDON 2: At Rogue River, Rogue River prevailed in the nonleague match, 15-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-10.
Destiny Rangel had nine digs, Laura Howard 20 assists and Kobie Gibson five aces for the Chieftains, who improved to 3-1.
EAGLE POINT 8, DALLAS 1: At Dallas, junior midfielder Ana Lopez Ramirez registered a hat trick as Eagle Point opened the season with an offensive display.
The Eagles (1-0) led 2-0 at halftime.
Senior defender Stephanie Roe got the Eagles’ first goal on a free kick from about 35 yards in the 11th minute.
Ramirez accounted for Eagle Point’s other goal in the opening half when she converted from 15 yards off a crossing pass from Kiarra Cook.
The Eagles received other second-half goals from Marlen Banuelos, Audrey Jordan, Emeli Torres and Cook.
HENLEY 2, CRATER 1: At Klamath Falls, Crater lost its season opener.
PHOENIX 4, MARSHFIELD 0: At Coos Bay, Phoenix led 2-0 at halftime in the nonleague win.
Maggie Carrillo had two goals, Jackie Rodriguez and Carina Rodriguez both scored and Alex Hernandez added an assist for the Pirates (1-0).