In a matchup of two of the top Class 3A volleyball teams in the state, Cascade Christian exacted a bit of revenge against visiting South Umpqua in a Far West League match Tuesday.
The Challengers, who suffered their lone league loss on the road to the Lancers three weeks ago, posted a 25-9, 25-21-25-18 victory over the No. 1 team in the state power rankings.
Cascade Christian (16-4, 7-1 FWL), the two-time defending state champion, claimed a share of the FWL lead.
Challengers coach Rob Kleker said it wasn’t so much about his team making a statement as it was “making sure we’re on the right track and heading in the right direction,” he said. “The last couple years, to some extent, we’ve had the target on our back. It was kind of nice to play somebody else who has a target.”
South Umpqua (14-3, 7-1) also won a nonleague match between the two, and Cascade Christian beat the Lancers for the Creswell tournament title Sept. 29.
Caroline McMahon had 22 kills and 16 digs for the Challengers, and Kaylee Cannon added five kills and 12 digs. Hannah Stanfield chipped in five kills and eight digs and Olivia Borg five kills and three aces.
Setter Taylor Cave amassed 36 assists and three aces.
The match was tied 21-21 in the second set when Cascade Christian got a side-out, setting up Cave, who served out the set.
“I’m definitely pleased with how we played,” said Kleker. “The energy level was amazing.”
He praised sophomores Stanfield and Cave for stepping up.
“We were very well balanced and seeing the floor and moving on the floor,” he added. “Our defense was probably as good as it’s been all year.”
ST. MARY’S 3, SUTHERLIN 2: Katie Rietmann had a career night as St. Mary’s pulled out the Far West League home match, 25-15, 23-25, 25-17, 16-25, 15-7.
Rietmann, a senior middle blocker, had a career-high 15 blocks to help thwart Sutherlin (5-13, 2-5 FWL).
St. Mary’s outside hittier Hallie Shean provided a team-best 10 kills and 12 digs. Shean also went 15-for-17 serving with five aces.
Grace Johnson chipped in seven kills for the Crusaders (9-13, 4-4) and was 18-of-19 serving with two aces.
St. Mary’s junior setter Ashley Gurr dished out 25 assists.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 0: At Grants Pass, North Medford started slow but came on in the mistake-plagued Southwest Conference match and prevailed, 26-24, 25-20, 25-16.
Junior outside hitter Lauren Barry led the attack for North Medford (14-8, 3-3 SWC) with 13 kills and hustled for a team-high 14 digs. Allie Hertager, a senior hitter, added eight kills and scooped 10 digs.
Kayleigh Lopez, North’s senior setter, passed 25 assists to go with eight digs, and Riley Stewart provided seven digs and two aces.
SOUTH EUGENE 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: Madalynn Strain drilled four straight aces to help the Panthers take Game 2 and even the match, but South Eugene bounced back to take the Southwest Conference contest, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 25-13, at South Medford High.
Strain and Maddie Dalke had four aces apiece for the Panthers (7-9, 1-6 SWC), while Catherine Rostel had seven kills and Kiya Jackson two solo blocks. Strain added 28 digs and Maggie Hutto six kills for South Medford.
South Eugene (12-8, 4-3) completed a season sweep of the Panthers.
CRATER 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Central Point, Crater’s middle blockers dominated the net and the Midwestern League-leading Comets clinched at least a tie for the title with the 25-13, 25-7, 25-15 home victory.
Crater (16-2, 14-0 MWL) can claim the crown outright in its next match — at home against North Bend Oct. 18.
Comet senior middles Addison Lowder and Maya Van Hook combined for 15 kills and eight blocks.
Crater received a strong match in serve-receive from senior libero Rane Jensen, who also came up with 13 digs and two aces. Aubrey Kievit, a senior defensive specialist, served 12 straight points to begin the third game for the Comets and finished the match with five digs and five aces.
For Eagle Point (4-10, 3-9), Ally Scheffler had three kills, two aces, two blocks and 12 digs, while Emmalee Stevens contributed 30 digs.
KLAMATH UNION 3, PHOENIX 1: At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union avenged an earlier loss at Phoenix with a 25-11, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21 Skyline Conference victory.
The Pirates fell to 3-5 in the Skyline and 7-15 overall, while Klamath Union pulled even with Phoenix in league at 3-5 and is 9-10 on the season.
BUTTE FALLS/CRATER LAKE 3, ROGUE RIVER 0: At Butte Falls, Butte Falls got 12 kills and 21 digs from Jaimee Byrum in the 25-13, 25-19, 25-10 Southern Cascade League win.
Ellie Columbus had 14 digs and 13 service points, including two aces, for the Loggers (2-8, 2-6 SCL).
Mycala Patereau led the serving with 21 points and three aces, and Adrianna Watanabe and Lucia Damiana each had 10 points. Rocky Scott added 14 digs.
Rogue River is 2-11 and 1-8.