Defending Class 3A state champion Cascade Christian showed a little rust from an eight-day layoff, but the Challengers found their stride as the match progressed and dealt 6A host South Medford a 25-19, 25-19, 25-13 loss Tuesday.
“We started slow and they did a good job of keeping us out of rhythm,” said Cascade Christian coach Rob Kleker. “We were effective when we were moving the ball and getting into our offense early.”
All-star senior outside hitter Caroline McMahon led the Challenger (2-0) offense with 19 kills, including eight in the third set, and 10 digs.
“(McMahon) really started to get comfortable later in the match,” said Kleker. “Early on she was pressing. She relaxed and came into her own.”
Kaylee Cannon, a Cascade Christian senior middle, added four kills, eight digs, three aces and two blocks. Sophomore setter Taylor Cave provided some pinpoint setting and finished with 28 assists.
“South Medford kept us off balance,” said Kleker. “They didn’t give us anything easy and made us play the entire court.”
CRATER 3, WILLAMETTE 0: At Central Point, Crater had to dig itself out of holes in each game but managed a 25-18, 26-24, 25-17 Midwestern League to run its league and overall records to 5-0.
The Comets had 11 serve-receive errors, one less than they’d had all season.
Crater libero Rane Jensen had 13 digs, while kill leaders were Nehkyah Ellis (14), Addison Lowder (nine) and Maya Van Hook (five).
Setter Jadyn Carothers notched four aces and 30 assists.
EAGLE POINT 3, NORTH BEND 2: At North Bend, Eagle Point was aggressive in gaining momentum in the five-set match and rallied to post its first Midwestern League victory, 25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 25-9, 15-9.
Kaylee Shelton excelled from the service line for the Eagles (2-3, 1-3 MWL) with five aces and accurate placement. The senior hitter added five kills.
Emmalee Stevens, an Eagle Point senior libero, led a big defensive effort with 56 digs, and senior outside Aly Scheffler provided 31 digs, a team-high eight kills and one block.
ASHLAND 3, SPRINGFIELD 0: At Ashland, Ashland picked up its second straight MWL victory with a 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 home win.
The Grizzlies are 2-1 in league play and the same on the season.
PHOENIX 3, SOUTH UMPQUA 0: At Myrtle Creek, sophomore Josie Bolstad was effective from both outside hitter and middle blocker as Phoenix registered its first victory of the season, 25-16, 25-16, 28-26, in the road nonconference match.
Bolstad had seven kills and four blocks and sophomore teammate Delani Parent pounded a team-high eight kills to go with two blocks.
The Pirates (1-2) received 10 aces, three blocks and two kills from Sophia Tringolo, and Katelyn Hanson added seven kills, two digs and one block.
Junior Abigail George was key with ball control and coordinating the Pirates’ offense
ST. MARY’S 3, GLIDE 0: Host St. Mary’s used a quick offensive strike and strong serving to sweep the nonleague match and even its record at 3-3 on season.
Junior Ashley Gurr led the Crusader servers, going 17-for-18 with four aces. St. Mary’s totaled 14 aces.
Gurr served nine straight points in Game 2. For the match, she had 17 assists and two kills.
Senior Katie Rietmann, who had six blocks, and junior Natalie Thickett each racked up nine kills.