Having already locked up second place in the Class 6A Southern Oregon Hybrid, the South Medford volleyball team was looking for a confidence boost against Grants Pass on Tuesday.
The Panthers, who were coming off losses to Roseburg and Ashland, got just that against the Cavers, wrapping up their regular season with a 25-13, 25-19, 25-23 victory on senior night.
"We were a little worried coming into it because the Ashland loss was a downer," North Medford head coach Sarah Costa said. "We felt like we should have won that one."
Senior Grace Brennan had nine kills and three blocks and Madi Sash registered six kills and 19 digs for South (12-3, 6-2 SOH). Amanda Gardner recorded 27 digs, Hanna Curtius had 24 assists, two kills, two aces and five digs and Brittney Kimball added nine digs.
"Of course, our spirit was on our side tonight," Costa said. "It was senior night. The girls were really pumped up about that. The seniors really wanted to do their best."
Costa said her team did a good job of covering the floor and hitting against Grants Pass (3-5 SOH).
ASHLAND 3, NORTH MEDFORD 1 — At Ashland, Sam Boehnke had 21 kills and five blocks and Ashland won 25-15, 25-27, 25-23, 25-23.
Piper Cantrell recorded 31 digs, Cassie Hall turned in 39 assists and Teague Teece added four blocks for Ashland (10-8).
Boehnke sealed the victory with a kill set up by Cantrell's dig and Hall's assist in the final set.
For North Medford, junior middle hitter Caiti Barrie had 10 kills and senior outside Kim Gomez also had 10 kills and chipped in 12 digs.
The Black Tornado received seven kills and 11 digs from junior Mariah Williams and setters Telsche Munson and Emily Otoski combined for 32 assists.
The Grizzlies will host a second-round 5A play-in game at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2.
- MAZAMA 3, PHOENIX 0 — At Klamath Falls, Megan Cheyne had 10 kills and Katie Strong added 14 digs for Phoenix (2-8 Skyline) in a 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 loss to Mazama (7-3 Skyline).
- HENLEY 5, NORTH VALLEY 3 — At Merlin, Riley Carleton had 15 kills to help Henley (7-3 Skyline) edge North Valley, 15-25, 25-16, 25-27, 25-22, 15-11.
Stacy Kozaczuk recorded 14 kills and Megan Brazille had nine kills for North Valley (4-6 Skyline).
HIDDEN VALLEY 3, KLAMATH UNION 0 — At Klamath Falls, top-ranked Hidden Valley finished its perfect run in the Skyline Conference with a 25-11, 25-7, 25-13 triumph.
Joelle Swanson had seven kills and five aces and Skylar Fate added five kills and four blocks for the Mustangs (23-1, 10-0 Skyline), who did not lose a set in conference play. Amanda Doig recorded 21 assists.
Hidden Valley next hosts the No. 4 seed from the Far West Conference in a play-in game.
Southern Cascade Hybrid
ST. MARY'S 3, ROGUE RIVER 1 — At Rogue River, middles Kylee Adderson and Alexi Provost-Shean had big matches as St. Mary's completed the conference season unbeaten with a 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-19 victory.
Adderson pounded 19 kills to go with nine blocks, while Provost-Shean contributed 18 kills and eight blocks.
St. Mary's setter Jordan Jackson dished out 51 assists, while libero Sam Bayer had 23 digs and Kenzie Jackson dug 19 balls. The Crusaders also received strong serving from senior outside Kate Traister.
For Rogue River, Alli Ehrhardt provided nine kills, six blocks and 14 digs, and Kailin Honea chipped in 17 assists and eight digs.
St. Mary's will host the conference tournament on Saturday. Cascade Christian plays Lakeview, and the winner faces St. Mary's with the No. 1 and 2 seeds to state on at stake.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — Haley Casebier played a strong all-around match to help Cascade Christian to a 25-9, 25-10, 25-15 home win.
Casebier, a junior setter, had team highs with 20 assists, nine digs and five aces. Casebier also put down five kills.
Challenger senior outside Amanda Kinney pounded 10 kills to go with five digs and three aces and Karlee Britton came up with eight digs and four kills.