Prep Volleyball: Axe rallies past Tornado

North Medford had South Eugene on the ropes but didn’t capitalize in Southwest Conference volleyball Tuesday.

With a 2-1 lead in sets, the Black Tornado held a 19-11 lead in the fourth set at home but South Eugene rallied to force a decisive fifth game, then pulled out the win, 25-22, 35-37, 21-25, 27-25, 15-9.

“We made too many unforced errors in the final set,” said North Medford coach Malcolm Munson. “They played cleaner than us tonight. We lost an opportunity. We let it slip through our grasp.”

Junior outside hitter Lauren Barry had a big match for the Black Tornado (10-7, 1-3 SWC) with 30 kills, five aces and 25 digs.

“Lauren is very competitive,” said Munson. “She took a bunch of big swings and delivered.”

Jenna Sandstrom was a force at the net for North in thwarting the South Eugene (10-6, 2-2) attack and finished with six kills and two blocks.

North senior setter Kyleigh Lopez dished out 53 assists and added four aces.

“We served tough,” said Munson. “We had 16 aces and only missed seven.”

ROSEBURG 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0: At Roseburg, South Medford dropped a hard-fought Southwest Conference match, 25-16, 25-21, 25-15.

Sophomore outside hitter Catherine Rostel led the Panthers’ (7-6, 1-3 SWC) front line with seven kills and Evelyn Laupola, a sophomore middle, provided four blocks.

Sophomore setter Matlyn Leetch had two aces, 15 assists and played energetic defense.

Roseburg is 7-5 and 3-1.

HIDDEN VALLEY 3, PHOENIX 0: At Murphy, Skyline Conference leader Hidden Valley won 25-19, 25-10, 25-15.

Phoenix evened its league mark to 2-2 and 5-11 overall while the Mustangs improved to 4-0 in conference and 11-2 on the season.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, DOUGLAS 1: At Winston, Caroline McMahon had 26 kills and 13 digs and Taylor Cave 39 assists and three aces as the Challengers came back strong after dropping the second set, 25-17, 26-28, 25-18, 25-18.

Kaylee Cannon added 11 digs and six kills and Olivia Borg six kills for Cascade Christian (9-3, 3-1 Far West).

Douglas fell to 9-3 and 2-2.

ST. MARY’S 3, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 1: Abbie Christman helped rally host St. Mary’s after it dropped the second set in the Far West League home match.

St. Mary’s won 25-19, 23-25, 25-12, 25-22, and Christman served points 15 to 21 in the third set. She was 24 of 24 serving with three aces for the Crusaders (7-9, 2-1 FWL).

Katie Rietmann had 14 blocks to nearly double her previous best and added seven kills. Lauren Russo keyed the defense with key corner saves.

ROGUE RIVER 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0: At Cave Junction, Rogue River registered its first Southern Cascade League victory, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15.

Rogue River stands 1-2 in SCL play and 2-5 overall, while Illinois Valley dropped to 0-4 in league and 0-10 on the season.

LOST RIVER 3, BUTTE FALLS/CRATER LAKE 0: At Butte Falls, Butte Falls’ Jaimee Byrum and Ellie Columbus were tough at the net, but Lost River prevailed, 25-8, 25-9, 25-3, in the Southern Cascade League match.

Byrum and Columbus combined for 10 blocks for the Loggers (0-6, 0-4 SCL).

Lucia Damiana had 20 of Butte Falls’ 84 digs.

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 3, PROPSECT 0: At Prospect, Prospect dropped the Mountain Valley League match, 25-6, 25-14, 26-24.

Sophomore Mckenzie Thompson played with high energy for the Cougars (3-6, 1-5 MVL).

Central Christian is 12-5-2 and 7-2.

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