Grizzlies run over Highlanders for fourth straight win

Jon Volz led a rushing attack that amassed 304 yards and six touchdown, carrying Ashland to an easy 51-0 victory over North Eugene in Midwestern League football action Friday in Eugene.

Volz rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown and also caught four passes for 36 yards and another score for the Grizzlies (5-1, 4-1 MWL), who have won four games in a row and remain one game behind league-leading Marist.

"Our guys did a good job blocking up front and just trying to be balanced," Ashland head coach Charlie Hall said. "I think everybody did a good job just trying to do their job, working on the little things and their approach to the game, not taking (North Eugene) lightly."

The Highlanders (0-5, 0-5) were held to 140 yards of total offense, while Ashland gained 465 and did not punt.

Ashland sophomore quarterback Danial White completed 12 of 18 passes for 129 yards. His lone touchdown pass gave Ashland a 6-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. The Grizzlies surged ahead 21-0 by the end of the first quarter after two more TDs — a 25-yard burst by White and a 1-yard plunge by Volz.

The Grizzlies eventually led 31-0 at the half and Hall gave most of his starters the fourth quarter off after Ashland tacked on 20 more points in the third quarter.

Sophomore linebacker Mason Montgomery finished with seven tackles to lead an Ashland defense that stuffed North Eugene all night, holding the Highlanders' quarterbacks to a miserable 4-for-16 passing game.

"It was pretty dominating right from the get-go," Hall said of Ashland's defense. "We made them punt on their first three possessions. Our defense is pretty fast and they just didn't have anybody who was a real threat as a playmaker. A few kids had pretty good speed and we bottled them up."

Women's Volleyball

At Portland, the Southern Oregon volleyball team limited Concordia to a .099 hitting percentage as the 18th-ranked Raiders swept the Cavaliers 25-13, 25-17, 25-23 in Cascade Collegiate Conference volleyball action Friday at Cavalier Gymnasium.

Southern Oregon (11-4, 8-2 CCC) plays Warner Pacific tonight.

The Raiders dominated the opening set, outhitting the Cavaliers (10-7, 5-5 CCC) .423-to-.061.

The final set required a huge comeback for Southern Oregon, as Concordia took an eight-point lead at 17-9 and again at 18-10. It appeared as if the Cavaliers would force a fourth game, but the Raiders stormed back to take a 22-21 lead following a 12-3 run. Concordia followed a timeout with back-to-back points to reclaim the lead at 23-22, but a Megan Bartling, a former North Medford High standout, recorded a kill to tie it at 23 and a pair of Sarah Holgen kills earned the set and match victory for the visitors.

Holgen, a former Ashland High star, finished with a match-high 18 kills and .469 attack percentage, while also adding 12 digs. Natalie Scheller reached double-digits with 10 kills on a .455 attack percentage, while Bartling and Haley Fikso, a former Hidden Valley standout, combined for 15 block assists.

Becky Johnstone had 14 digs for SOU.

Aria Nojima led CU with 10 kills, and Lindsay Mangan tallied a match-high 26 assists.

Boys Water Polo

Forrest Kollar recorded five goals, three assists and four steals and Adam Good had four goals and two assists as Ashland beat North Eugene 16-5 at the Southern Oregon University swimming pool.

Evan Westhelle-Grant recorded two goals and two assists, Brendan Reece-Sullivan tallied two goals and goalkeeper Miles Furuichi made six blocks.

Girls Water Polo

Sarah Kasiah registered nine goals and Sadie Kasiah had four goals and two assists to lead Ashland to a 21-7 win over North Eugene at the Southern Oregon University swimming pool.

Ada Lawson recorded three goals and two steals, Molly Cochrane three goals and one steal and Sabrina Scoggin two goals, one assist and one steal.

Goalkeeper Halie Haynes made 10 blocks.

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