Eagle Point outlasts Ashland in SOH volleyball thriller

Eagle Point middle blocker Christine McCready had 14 kills, 15 blocks and 25 digs as Eagle Point clawed past Ashland in the two-team Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid opener.

Eagle Point prevailed, 17-25, 25-11, 25-20, 18-25, 15-11.

Outside hitter Lesley Neilson recorded 40 digs and six kills and Whitney Barber added 10 kills for the Eagles (4-2, 1-0 SOH), who went back and forth with the Grizzlies in the final game.

Amanda Kady registered 14 blocks, Jenna Richardson contributed 10 blocks and Erica Wood launched over 10 key aces for EP in the win, which is the first of three regular-season league matches against its lone conference opponent.

For Ashland (1-1, 0-1 SOH), Piper Cantrell sent over 18 kills, Shelby Minor had 11 kills and Cassie Hall added 36 assists.

Ashland and Eagle Point play twice more this season, and the Grizzlies must win both in order to grab the league's top seed to state. The next head-to-head matchup is Oct. 6 at Eagle Point.

Girls Soccer

At Eagle Point, Ashland's Sophia Harrison and Sarah Honeywell each had two goals and Taylor Zehren recorded a goal and two assists as the Grizzlies opened the two-team Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid opener with an 8-0 win over Eagle Point.

Sadie Bailey, Aspen Wolff and Rinchen Thomas also netted goals for the Grizzlies, who owned a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Facien Graham contributed two assists, and Honeywell and Madeline Wilson also registered assists for the Grizzlies (3-0, 1-0 SOH).

Thomas and Maya Moskowitz split time between the pipes.

For Eagle Point (0-3, 0-1 SOH), sweeper Madi Nahss and forward Cortlin Russell played well.

The two teams meet once more during the regular season, on Oct. 29 at Ashland.

Prep Water Polo

The Ashland girls and boys opened the water polo season with resounding nonconference victories over their Medford counterparts at the Southern Oregon University pool Tuesday.

The Grizzly girls triumphed, 21-6, and the boys won, 20-3.

Sarah Kasiah paced the girls victory with six goals and three steals, and Ada Lawson added four goals and four steals.

Molly Cochrane had three goals to go with five steals, and Molly Longshore scored twice.

Goalie Halie Haynes made three saves.In the boys match, Forrest Kollar's three goals and five steals led the way, while Adam Good had three goals and three assists.

Forrest Georgevitch, Evan Westhelle-Grant and Parker Massie each scored twice, and goalie Miles Furuichi notched nine saves.

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