Cascade Christian put together a balanced attack and defeated rival St. Mary's in Far West League volleyball at Cascade Christian High Thursday, 25-11, 25-12, 21-25, 25-19.
Cascade Christian all-state senior outside hitter Caroline McMahon led the attack with 22 kills, but the Challengers (9-3, 3-1 FWL) also received important contributions up front from right side Hannah Stanfield (seven kills, 11 digs, five aces), Kaylee Cannon (seven kills) and Olivia Borg (five kills, 14 digs).
Setter Taylor Cave handed out 33 assists to go with 12 digs for the Challengers.
For St. Mary’s (8-10, 3-2), Hallie Shean served points 11 to 17 in the third set. She was 19-for-21 serving with two aces for the match.
Katie Rietmann had seven blocks and seven kills for the Crusaders. Natalie Thickett added seven kills and Shean had five, along with six digs. Ashley Gurr contributed 16 assists.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: North Medford appeared to be in control of its Southwest Conference volleyball match against crosstown rival South Medford, but the Panthers didn’t go quietly in their gym.
The Black Tornado prevailed, 25-12, 25-9, 21-25, 30-28.
“South was battling us,” said North coach Malcolm Munson. “Things didn’t go well for them in the first two sets, but they kept pushing us.”
There was no shortage of energy in the final set.
“Kids were flying around and making plays,” said Munson. “It was a pretty electric atmosphere.”
The Tornado (11-7, 2-3 SWC) got 16 kills, 17 digs and five aces from Lauren Barry, and Jenna Sandstrom had five kills and two blocks.
Riley Stewart chipped in 13 digs and two aces, Kyleigh Lopez had 27 assists, Kamaile Kaeo six kills and Ella Ivens 11 digs.
South Medford (7-7, 1-4) was led by Catherine Rostel in kills, Matlyn Leetch in assists and Maddie Dalke in digs.
ROSEBURG 3, GRANTS PASS 2: At Grants Pass, Roseburg had to hold off Grants Pass, 25-14, 25-23, 20-25, 18-25, 15-12, in the SWC match.
Londyn Beck paced Grants Pass (7-13, 1-4 SWC) with 15 kills, 15 digs, three aces and two blocks while Devin Ireland chipped in 17 digs, 11 kills and five aces.
Roseburg improved to 4-1 in the SWC and 8-5 overall.
CRATER 3, ASHLAND 0: At Ashland, Crater remained undefeated in the Midwestern League with a 25-16, 25-12, 25-7 victory.
The Comets (12-1, 9-0 MWL) got 17 kills, 10 digs and five aces from Nehkyah Ellis, and eight digs and two aces from Rane Jensen.
Heather Colmer produced seven digs and six aces, Ashtyn Slater had six kills and four digs and Kylie Anderson turned in 26 assists, four digs and an ace.
NORTH VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 2: At Phoenix, North Valley prevailed in the back-and-forth Skyline five-setter, 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-15, 16-14.
The Pirates (5-12, 2-3 Skyline) grabbed a 7-0 lead in the decisive fifth game. The Knights (3-11, 2-3) answered with a 14-4 run before Phoenix tied the match at 14. The Knights finished the match with a kill and an ace.
Phoenix’s Josie Bolstad excelled with 14 kills and three blocks and Katelyn Hanson added 13 kills and two aces. The Pirates’ Abigail George contributed 15 digs and two kills.
Ailis Kalevicoglu, North Valley’s junior middle blocker, led the effort with a 13-kill, four-block performance.
SOUTH MEDFORD 7, CRATER 1: South Medford received seven goals from seven players en route to the nonconference victory.
The Panthers (4-1-2) grabbed a 4-0 halftime lead at South Medford High.
“We just focused on playing simple,” said South Medford coach Claudio Villa. “We did a lot of rotations. We gave playing time to some of the guys who haven’t had a lot of minutes.”
Crater (2-6) kept South Medford scoreless until the Panthers scored three goals in six minutes, beginning with Peyton Terry in the 18th minute off an assist from Gustavo Lara.
Then Lara scored unassisted three minutes later and Ruben Rodriguez weaved his way through the Comet defense and gave South a 3-0 advantage with 16 minutes left in the half.
“Sometimes when you score a goal the other team has a little breakdown before they get organized,” said Villa. “We took advantage of that.”
Andrew Hall converted on a penalty kick after getting fouled in the box for the final goal of the opening period.
Crater’s score came 14 minutes into the second half by Carson Hampton off an assist from Abe Hull.
South Medford got goals from Kam Calhoun, Joel Izaguirre and Angus Stringer to complete the scoring.
“South is a very fast and powerful team,” said Crater coach Jason Tester. “South moved the ball well and were on task. We played hard and kept ourselves in the game for awhile.”
PHOENIX 0, NORTH VALLEY 0: At Talent, it was a frustrating Skyline Conference draw for Phoenix, which dominated the statistics in a match that was moved to Hagler-James park because of smoky conditions in Merlin.
The Pirates (5-0-1, 2-0-1 Skyline) out-shot North Valley 17-4 and had six corner kicks to none for the Knights (3-1-3, 2-0-1).
Freshman striker Victor Martinez and senior Bryson Flenner both had shots hit off the post and helped the Pirates control play in the offensive end.
NORTH VALLEY 5, PHOENIX 0: At Talent, North Valley eased to the Skyline Conference triumph, upping its record to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in league.
Phoenix dropped to 2-3-1 and 1-2.