Roseburg head coach Bruce Myers isn't about to start boasting about his team's fast start, not even after Tuesday's impressive road win over North Medford.
"No," he said, "we've just been lucky."
And pretty good, too. In a battle of Southern Oregon Hybrid title contenders, the Indians followed their semifinal showing in the Rogue Valley Classic with a four-game victory over the Black Tornado at North Medford.
Anna Bruns had 10 kills and 10 digs and the Indians served up nine aces as Roseburg (13-3, 3-0 SOH) took charge after a tight opening two games to win going away, 28-26, 21-25, 25-17, 25-11.
North Medford (5-4, 3-1 SOH) stormed back from a 24-21 deficit to tie the opening game at 24-all before finally succumbing, then responded with a match-tying victory in Game 2. But the Indians took off from there.
Sophomore outside hitter Katy Carter led the Tornado with 15 kills and 13 assists and senior setter Emily Otoski had 35 assists and 11 digs. Also for North, senior outside Mariah Williams had 10 kills and 16 digs and junior libero Ashley Smith had 13 digs and three aces.
North coach Erika Wright said her team struggled with consistency.
"We started making errors — service errors, attack errors — essentially unforced errors that we certainly can control," Wright said. "We weren't putting pressure on them. I think we're pretty evenly matched "… I have a lot of faith in my girls that they're going to continue to get better throughout the season and we'll go up there later in the season and give them a run for their money."
EAGLE POINT 3, CRATER 0 — At Central Point, Christine McCready had 32 digs, 10 kills and six blocks in Eagle Point's 25-18, 25-20, 25-14 nonconference win.
Jenna Richardson added 12 kills and six blocks, Lesley Nielson 35 digs and Carolina Regalado 26 assists for the Eagles (9-3).
ASHLAND 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, Cassie Hall had 30 assists and McKenzie Jackson added five kills and 11 digs in Ashland's nonleague sweep.
Also for the Grizzlies (3-4), Piper Cantrell had eight digs, seven kills and four aces and junior outside hitter Shelby Minor had eight kills and three aces.
Grants Pass (3-7) was led by Alyssa Morris' 18 assists and Emily Henderson's six kills.
PHOENIX 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Phoenix, Baylee Toney had seven kills and Delanie Tally and Katie Strong were each 12-for-12 serving in Phoenix's 25-18, 25-10, 25-23 Skyline triumph.
The Pirates are 1-1 in league and 4-8 overall.
MAZAMA 3, NORTH VALLEY 2 — At Merlin, North Valley squandered an early lead in the fifth game and dropped the conference match, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19, 14-25, 15-13.
The Knights jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the decisive fifth set but Mazama went on a 13-6 run to end the match.
For the Knights (3-3, 1-1 Sky), Kenzie Schmoll had 30 digs and served 23 of 24 with two aces. Stacy Kozaczuk had 18 kills and eight blocks, Lacey LaCosse and Hannah Zyirek combined for 33 assists. Zyirek also was 20 of 20 serving.
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, HENLEY 1 — At Murphy, defending Skyline champion Hidden Valley pulled away for a 25-22, 25-27, 25-10, 25-13 home victory.
The Mustangs (7-2, 2-0) got productive performances from their senior frontline of Bailey Bars, Skylar Fate and Liz Venzon. Bars put down 17 kills to go with five aces and 17 digs, Fate provided 13 blocks and nine kills and Venzon 13 kills and six blocks. Setter Elly Lengwin had 39 assists and five aces.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Cascade Christian won, 25-23, 25-13, 25-23.
Senior middle Alli Ehrhardt paced the Chieftains (2-4, 0-2 SCH) with eight kills, three blocks and five digs.
Kortney Moore and Kailin Honea pounded 12 service winners apiece, and Natalie Watkins had five digs for Rogue River.
ST. MARY'S 3, LAKEVIEW 0 — At Lakeview, St. Mary's took advantage of productive serving to record a 25-13, 25-18, 25-9 road victory.
The Crusaders (5-2, 2-0 SCH) were sparked by Alexi Provost-Shean (five kills, four blocks) and Liz Pentland (seven kills). Jordynn Rothfus added five kills and Nina Console provided 21 assists.
BONANZA 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Bonanza triumphed 25-20, 25-9, 25-27 in the nonconference road match.
For Illinois Valley (1-4), Natalie Wellen recorded two kills and one block and Abby Miller had 29 assists.