CENTRAL POINT — The Crater defense put together a pair of strong performances in a pair of Midwestern League matches Saturday against visiting Eugene-area teams.
Senior outside hitter Nehkyah Ellis provided plenty of offense as the Comets (14-1, 11-0) topped Thurston, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22, and Springfield, 25-13, 25-15, 25-8, to remain undefeated in Midwestern League play.
Against Thurston (8-6, 6-4 MWL), Ellis racked up 17 kills while Rain Jensen and Heather Colmer went for 13 digs apiece, and Aubrey Kievit and Kylie Anderson each pitched in 10 digs.
Anderson also put up 27 assists, sophomore Avery Hanson came up with six blocks, Ashtyn Slater added five kills and Colmer four aces for the Comets.
Against Springfield (4-12, 3-8), Ellis had 10 kills, Hanson added four kills and three blocks, while Jensen came up with 12 digs.
EAGLE POINT DROPS TWO: At Eagle Point, sophomore setter Kierssa Hogan had 24 assists and 20 digs on the day, but Eagle Point took a pair of Midwestern League losses to Springfield and Thurston at Eagle Point High School.
Springfield beat Eagle Point 20-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-16 in the early match, and a few hours later Thurston swept Eagle Point 25-22, 25-20, 25-17.
Against Springfield (4-12, 3-7 MWL), Hogan had 24 assists and 10 digs, Alyson Scheffler 27 digs and 10 kills and Chloe Pariani 15 digs and three aces.
Against Thurston (8-6, 6-4 MWL), Hogan had 20 assists, 10 digs and three kills, Scheffler 18 digs and seven kills and Sara Angel five kills and three blocks.
The Eagles fell to 3-9 overall, 2-8 in the MWL.
ASHLAND DROPS TWO: At Ashland, Churchill and Willamette each picked up straight-set Midwestern League victories over Ashland at Mountain Avenue Gym.
Churchill beat Ashland 25-17, 25-15, 25-9, and Willamette beat Ashland 25-4, 25-11, 25-17.
The Grizzlies dropped to 3-9 overall and 3-7 in league.
CRESWELL TOURNAMENT: At Creswell, following a semifinal thriller with Coquille in the Creswell Tournament, Cascade Christian cruised past South Umpqua, 25-16, 25-20, in the championship match.
St. Mary’s made it out of pool play before being eliminated by Coquille.
Cascade Christian (12-3) jumped out to an 18-11 advantage in the opening set and cruised. In the second set, South Umpqua pulled even at 18-all.
However, the Challengers got a four-point service run by Caroline McMahon to grab a 24-20 lead before a spike from Kaylee Cannon wrapped up the crown.
Cascade Christian dropped its only set of the tournament in the semifinals against Coquille but ended up claiming a 17-25, 25-22, 16-14 win.
In pool play, Cascade Christian beat Dayton, 25-9, 25-10, 25-7, and St. Mary’s, 25-13, 25-16, 25-13.
McMahon had 10 kills in the championship and 42 over all four Challenger matches. Cannon added four kills in the championship with 20 kills and six blocks overall while Taylor Cave came up with 22 championship assists and racked up 97 on the day.
St. Mary’s went 3-3 in pool play, led by Abbie Christman’s serving and Katie Rietmann’s blocking at the net.
In the 25-20, 23-25, 12-15 loss to Coquille, Natalie Thickett had nine kills, and Rietmann had eight blocks and seven kills. Ashley Gurr was 12 of 13 serving with two aces and added 19 assists. Hallie Shean served 11 of 13 with an ace.
BONANZA 3, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Rogue River, Bonanza earned a 25-8, 25-11, 25-8 Southern Cascade League win.
Rogue River is 2-7 overall and 1-4 in league.
NORTH LAKE 3, PROSPECT 1: At Silver Lake, North Lake posted a 25-23, 25-18, 16-28, 25-8 victory in Mountain Valley League play.
Prospect dropped to 3-8 overall and 1-7 in league.