Ashland drops season opener to Roseburg

Roseburg pulled out a hard-fought opening game en route to a 26-24, 25-15, 15-25, 25-15 nonconference road win over Ashland in both teams season opener Tuesday at Ashland Middle School.

Senior setter Callie McCoy had 32 assists to lead the Grizzlies' attack, while Nikki Small added 17 kills and five blocks, Hannah Stocking chipped in six kills and two blocks and defensive specialist Liz Westmoreland had 19 digs.

Ashland junior DS Sadie Shelton contributed three aces.

The Grizzlies now have a week off to prepare for their first road match of the season, Tuesday at Grants Pass, followed by a rematch with Roseburg at Roseburg on Sept. 17.

Ashland's Southern Sky Conference opener is Sept. 29 against Klamath Union.

Girls Soccer

Sarah Chambers took a through pass from Karissa Dixon and scored in the 53rd minute Tuesday as North Medford opened the girls soccer season with a 1-0 victory over Ashland. Chambers scored from 12 yards out.

Ashland dominated the first half and led in shots on goal, 11-3. But the Black Tornado, buoyed by strong play by center midfielder McKenna Storey and a dominant performance by two-time all-conference goalkeeper Kendra McMillen, made its presence felt in the second half.

McMillen made 10 saves, including six that could have been goals, according to North Medford coach Rich Garcia.

Garcia took over for his daughter, Lu Crenshaw, this year after three seasons as her assistant.

Women's Volleyball

On the heels of a seven-match win streak, the Southern Oregon volleyball team landed at No. 21 Tuesday in the first regular season NAIA Top 25 poll.

The Raiders are 8-1 overall and 2-0 in Cascade Conference play.

SOU received votes in the preseason NAIA Top 25 poll, but did not crack the top 25.

Southern Oregon hits the road this week for a pair of key Cascade Conference road matches. The Raiders travel to Eastern Oregon Friday (4-3, 2-0) and the College of Idaho (5-1, 2-0) Saturday.

Eastern Oregon is receiving votes in this week's poll and the College of Idaho jumped up to No. 12.

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