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Southern Oregon University redshirt-sophomore Hannah Bogatin sets the ball between teammates Taylor Risvedt (top, right) and Makayla Hoyt (bottom), during the match against Eastern Oregon at North Mountain Park on Friday.[PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR]

Volleyball: Net gains for North

North Medford and Ridgeview took turns beating one another in the Rogue Valley Classic volleyball tournament at North Medford High Saturday.

However, Ridgeview was the last team standing.

The Redmond school defeated the Black Tornado in the championship of the Gold Bracket, 25-18, 25-18, to claim top honors in the annual 16-team event.

North Medford had earlier swept the Ravens in pool play.

“We were better earlier, they were better later,” said Black Tornado coach Malcolm Munson.

North Medford downed Crook County in the semifinals, 19-25, 25-14, 15-12. The Cowgirls had earlier beaten Crater in a matchup of Class 5A teams with undefeated regular-season records.

“That was a big win for our kids,” said Munson. “That’s a win we wanted to get. We hadn’t gotten them yet. To beat a quality program like Crook County, we were happy with that.”

In pool play, North Medford also swept McNary and split with Henley.

The top teams from each of four pools advanced to the Gold Bracket, while the others went to the Silver Bracket.

“I thought our kids played really, really well,” said Munson. “We did some really good stuff and did well in our pool.”

He praised Kamaile Kaeo, a senior right-side hitter, “who had a really good day for us attacking and blocking,” said Munson. “She had a strong day at the net.”

Kyleigh Lopez, a senior setter, tirelessly ran the offense well throughout the tournament and “made tremendous plays and decisions for us,” said Munson.

Crater won the Gold consolation title, beating Grants Pass, 25-20, 25-15.

Henley captured the Silver crown, downing McNary, 25-19, 25-23.

Cascade Christian defeated Foothill of Palo Cedro, California, for the Silver consolation, 20-25, 25-11, 16-14.

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