EUGENE — Crater put itself in an early hole by letting the first game slip away in the Midwestern League volleyball road match at Churchill.
But the senior-laden Comets showed maturity and rallied back to post a 25-27, 25-20, 25-10, 25-13 victory Thursday.
The Comets (4-0, 4-0 MWL) led 24-21 in the opener but faltered late against the Lancers, who are led by 6-foot-2 senior outside hitter Taylor Williams.
“Our girls took it as a challenge,” said Crater coach Leaf Jensen, about going against Williams, who has committed to play collegiately at the University of Oregon. “It took a game and a half to get any bead on their attack. We kind of figured (Williams) out as best we could but she still probably had 30 kills.”
Nehkyah Ellis stepped up to pace the Comets with 20 kills and five aces.
“(Ellis) showed a lot of confidence,” said Jensen. “She was swinging strong. She had a great hitting night.”
Crater got active play from middles Maya Van Hook and Addison Lowder. Lowder pounded 15 kills and Van Hook had nine kills and blocked Williams once.
Comet libero Rane Jensen lifted 11 digs, had five aces and was consistent on serve-receive.
“Rane was our backbone,” said the Comet coach about his daughter. “She kept us in it at times with her serve-receive. It allowed our offense to be as effective as we were.”
Setter Jadyn Carothers had 47 assists and Aubrey Kievit and Heather Colmer combined for 20 digs for the Comets.
“We showed a real maturity by taking that first loss and moving on,” said Jensen. “Mentally we hung tough.”
NORTH EUGENE 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, sophomore outside hitter Alexis Hobie led North Eugene’s frontline and Eagle Point had difficulty passing in dropping a 25-11, 25-6, 25-13 Midwestern League home match.
Eagle Point got off to a tough start when sophomore Emma Poll fractured her leg in warmups.
The Eagles (1-3, 0-3 MWL) received five kills and 23 digs from sophomore defensive specialist Chloe Pariani and Aly Scheffler, a senior outside hitter, added five kills and 10 digs. Eagles libero Emmalee Stevens came up with 22 digs.
ASHLAND 3, WILLAMETTE 1: At Ashland, Ashland got a big night from junior setter Grace Angermeier to claim its first win of the season, 25-19, 27-25, 18-25, 26-24, in Midwestern League action at Mountain Avenue Gym.
Angermeier recorded 37 assists and added 14 digs. Grizzlies libero Sydney Philpott finished with a team-high 16 digs in the win.
Ashland (1-1, 1-1 MWL) also got 16 kills from senior Emily DeVall.
PHOENIX DROPS PAIR: At Phoenix, Phoenix lost to South Medford in a five-set match, 25-21, 15-25, 25-15, 19-25, 15-11 and Marshfield defeated the Pirates, 25-22, 27-25, 25-13 in a three-school round robin.
Marshfield also defeated South Medford, 25-22, 25-8, 25-21.
Marshfield proved consistent against the Pirates and established an advantage in hitting.
Katelyn Hanson and Makenna Page combined for seven kills for Phoenix, and setter Anna Ellis had 12 assists and three aces.
Phoenix served tough and had good serve-receive against South Medford in a back-and-forth match.
Hanson collected 12 aces, six kills and two blocks versus the Panthers, and Sophia Tringolo contributed 18 assists, six aces and four kills. Abi George led the Pirates with 15 digs.
KLAMATH UNION 3, ST. MARY’S 0: St. Mary’s senior captain Hallie Shean was 14-for-15 hitting with five kills and added six digs and three aces on 13-for-13 serving but the Crusaders fell short in nonleague action at St. Mary’s High, 25-22, 25-17, 25-16.
Junior Natalie Thickett had six kills and sophomore Abbie Christman added two kills and three blocks for the Crusaders (0-3), while junior setter Ashley Gurr doled out 16 assists and was 9-for-9 serving with two aces.
CLEVELAND 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: Toni Coleman’s goal midway through the second half pulled South Medford even at 1-all in the nonconference home game.
Cleveland tallied the game-winner with just 90 seconds left when a close-in shot went past diving goalie Skylar Farmer and just inside the post.
Coleman, a sophomore forward, boomed in a shot from 30 yards to tie the game.
Maddie Pineda excelled on defense for South (0-2) and junior midfielder Rylie Michael was a force winning balls and starting the attack.
HENLEY 7, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0: At Klamath Falls, Cascade Christian sophomore goalkeeper Emily Knight played effectively despite being under constant pressure in the nonconference loss at the Steen Sports Complex.
Sydney Hedlund scored Henley’s first two goals and registered a hat trick in the game played indoors.
Henley (1-0) controlled possession and made it difficult for the Challengers to get into any rhythm.
Cascade Christian (1-2) received a strong defensive effort from Lauren Anderchuck.