South Eugene slips past Black Tornado

Solid play from South Eugene outside hitters Emory Wonham and Hollis Wilson and inconsistent play by North Medford allowed the Axemen to earn a road victory in Southwest Conference volleyball on Tuesday.

After North Medford earned a 25-23 triumph in the first set, South Eugene stole the momentum and won the final three sets 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 at North Medford High.

"I was really impressed with their two outside hitters (Wonham and Wilson)," said North coach Ron Beick. "Their level of hitting, in terms of consistency and numbers of errors, was really strong."

North Medford (6-6, 1-1 SWC) fell behind early in the second set after South Eugene setter Anna Pelayo went on an eight-point service run to build a 13-4 lead. The teams traded points after that.

The same scenario played out in Game 2, with the Axemen (2-0 SWC) leading 24-11 before the Tornado rallied with 10 straight points.

"We were hoping that momentum would carry into that fourth game, but it didn't," said Beick.

A nine-point service run by Pelayo in the final set gave South Eugene a 12-6 cushion.

"That really kinda swung the momentum and I think we really pressed from that point after being down two games already," added Beick.

Andrea Egge had 11 kills and Jaci Abeloe nine kills for North, while Darah Wonsyld had four kills with no errors and three blocks. Danielle Boyd added 22 assists, with Abby Mann (16 digs) and Hillevi Johnson (10 digs) pacing the defense.

ROSEBURG 3, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — Recently brought up from the JV squad, freshman Sam Owirka sparked South Medford with a team-high six kills and four blocks against Roseburg, which prevailed 25-12, 25-13, 25-13.

Libero Natalie Kennedy also had a solid showing for the Panthers (1-3, 0-2 SWC) with 18 digs.

SHELDON 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, Grants Pass fell to 0-2 in SWC play and 1-3 overall as Sheldon posted a 25-18, 25-11, 25-10 victory.

For the Cavers, Mikaela Zottola and Kelsey Saxon each had six kills, and Monica Jordan played a solid all-around game with four kills and 15 assists.

Southern Sky

ASHLAND 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Klamath Falls, Taylor Hartrick was solid in her all-around play with 10 kills, eight digs and five blocks in leading Ashland to the win, 27-25, 25-11, 25-19.

Asia Kane added nine kills and 11 digs, Niki Small had nine kills and four blocks and Monica Palmesano added 10 digs for the Grizzlies (9-8, 1-0 SSC).

CRATER 3, MAZAMA 2 — At Central Point, with Kelsey Grant passing at an impressive 2.4-out-of-3.0 clip and adding three aces, Crater won its SSC opener, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-13.

Dennae Grant had 23 digs, and Taylor Mackey 20 digs and 16 kills for the Comets (2-2 overall). Amy Staton contributed eight kills and five blocks.

Share This Story