St. Mary’s wasn’t necessarily at its best Saturday afternoon but the Crusaders’ volleyball team still managed to split in four matches during the seven-team Crusader Classic at St. Mary’s High.
St. Mary’s opened the day with a 25-16, 25-22 win over La Pine, then suffered setbacks to Etna (25-17, 25-18) and Douglas (25-22, 25-8) before wrapping up action with a 25-18, 22-25, 15-13 win over Glide.
Other teams in action at the round robin tournament were Sutherlin and Yreka.
“We really struggled on defense and transitioning at the net, mostly in the Douglas game,” said St. Mary’s head coach Katie Miller. “It was just kind of an off day for us.”
With a homecoming dance later in the evening, Miller said the focus for the Crusaders (7-9) wasn’t entirely where it usually is but she was pleased with the consistency of play by sophomore Abbie Christman, who didn’t miss a serve all day, and the efforts of senior libero Lauren Russo.
Senior Hallie Shean led the team with nine kills against La Pine and junior setter Ashley Gurr doled out 16 assists in the victory. Natalie Thickett, a junior, had five kills and Katie Rietmann, a senior, added four with two blocks against Etna, with Thickett contributing seven more kills, Rietmann adding six kills and three blocks and Shean notching five kills against Glide.
Gurr gave her team a boost in Game 3 against Glide with her serving, finishing 16-for-18 for the match with four aces and 16 assists.
CHURCHILL 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point sophomore setter Kierssa Hogan had 17 assists and five digs but Churchill swept the Midwestern League match, 25-12, 25-13, 25-13, at Eagle Point High School.
Also for the Eagles (3-7, 2-6 MWL), Emmalee Stevens had 17 digs, one kill and one ace, and Alyson Scheffler 19 digs and four kills.
Churchill, which beat Ashland earlier in the day, improved to 8-5, 5-3 in league play.
CHURCHILL 3, ASHLAND 0: At Ashland, Churchill trounced Ashland, 25-12, 25-11, 25-13, in the Midwestern League clash at Mountain Avenue Gym.
The Grizzlies fell to 3-6, 3-4 in the MWL.