KLAMATH FALLS — The St. Mary’s volleyball team’s overpowering play from behind the service line carried the day in the Crusaders’ sweep to the championship title in the silver bracket of the Basin Best Tournament at Henley High School on Saturday.
The Crusaders beat Chiloquin in the 25-18 and 25-10 in the first round before capturing the title with a 25-19 and 25-21 victory over Mazama.
St. Mary’s splashed down 12 aces against Chiloquin, led by Hallie Shean and Lauren Russo, who had five apiece.
Senior Katie Rietmann and Natalie Thickett both provided seven kills for the Crusaders (2-3) while Ashley Gurr went for 17 assists and Grace Johnson added six digs.
Versus Mazama, Shean was 7-for-8 from the service line which included a pair of aces and she added eight kills and eight digs.
Rietmann and Thickett chipped in six kills each while Gurr racked up 19 assists.
PHOENIX 4, VALLEY CATHOLIC 1: At Beaverton, freshman Victor Martinez connected on two goals in a season debut victory for Phoenix.
Martinez scored in the 25th minute on a pass from Randy Rodriguez and added an insurance goal at the 62-minute mark on a set up from Danny Arevalo.
Bryson Flenner put the Pirates (1-0) on the scoreboard with a free kick just two minutes into the contest, as did Joe Navas in the 35th minute.
Pirates goalkeeper Moises Rivera registered three saves.
ASHLAND’S HOLLAND WINS: At Eugene, Evan Holland was the first to cross the finish line by 58 seconds over the runner up, and three Ashland runners placed in the top five as the Grizzlies took third at The Invitational.
Holland timed 15 minutes and 30.3 seconds, while Vincent Mestler of Sheldon took second with a time of 16:28.3.
Ashland’s Arlo Davis finished third (16:31.2), Reed Pryor fifth (16:42.8) and Cameron Stein 22nd (17:45.6).
On the girls side, Sage Reddish nabbed 21st place (20:50.6) to help Ashland take sixth place while St. Mary’s Sophia Dobry (20:52.2) took 22nd.
The Grizzlies’ Alexa Hague (21:08) and Hazel Richards (21:10.3) finished 24th and 25th, respectively.