North Medford records key win at Roseburg

ROSEBURG — North Medford may be young, but the Black Tornado isn't ready to relinquish its Southwest Conference title just yet.

North, which lost seven seniors from last season, sent that very message to the rest of the conference in the SWC opener with a 27-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-23 win in a hostile environment at No. 8 Roseburg.

Senior Jaci Abeloe led No. 7 North (5-5, 1-0 SWC) with 19 kills, Andrea Egge added 10 kills, Danielle Boyd had seven and Alyssa Maurer had 6 in a balanced attack.

Boyd and Natalie Godfrey each had three aces and North had 10 total as a team.

Abby Mann finished with 26 digs and Egge had 12.

"This is a young team trying to come into their own and figure out what they can achieve together," North coach Ron Beick said. "This is a huge confidence booster. We really came together and supported each other. It's a really good win."

Devan Belshe had 20 kills and Cadee Kinne added eight for Roseburg (8-1, 0-1 SWC). Nikki Bassett added 15 digs and Bre Thomas had 11. Lindsey Johnson had 19 assists and Courtney Hutchins added 14.

"The difference was their passing," Roseburg coach Bruce Myers said. "They had great ball control. Also a key was their size. They are just a lot bigger than we are."

Roseburg faced three game points in the first set before North finally put the Indians away.

"The key coming in was we had to win each point emotionally," Beick said. "Roseburg was a little surprised by how well we played."

That confidence carried over in Set 2 as Roseburg made multiple service errors and North kept the pressure on with strong serving of its own to claim the seven-point win.

Roseburg took advantage of North errors with the third set tied at 20 to reel off five straight points and keep the match alive.

"We got a little tired," Beick said. "After two big wins, there was a lot of emotion spent. I was proud of how they responded in Game 4."

Behind Belshe, Roseburg rallied to take a 23-21 lead but North scored the final four points of the match including key kills by Abeloe to halt the Indians' momentum.

SHELDON 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — At Eugene, Gabbi Parker had 11 kills and Taylor Hatleberg had 12 assists as No. 6 Sheldon cruised against South Medford 25-9, 25-17, 25-13 in the Southwest Conference opener for both teams.

Tami Brown added six kills for the Irish.

South Medford (1-2, 0-1 SWC) was led by Crystal Hooper's four blocks and Marie Cox added five kills to keep the Panthers competitive in the final two games.

SOUTH EUGENE 3, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Eugene, Jayme McVicker led South Eugene with 13 kills in the Axemen's 25-22, 25-14, 24-26, 25-14 win in the Southwest Conference opener for both teams.

McVicker had 13 kills.

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