North Medford set the tone early against Ashland in nonconference volleyball Tuesday at North Medford High.
The Black Tornado jumped on the shorthanded Grizzlies 25-10 in the opener, then completed the three-game sweep 25-22, 25-16.
North shot out to a 20-7 advantage after just four serving rotations in the first game, as Ashland again played without injured senior all-star Ruby Stocking (bruised ribs).
"That was a very good North Medford team and they put us on the defensive all match," Ashland head coach Jodee Scott said.
Game 2 was a back-and-forth affair until Kelly Satterfield served four straight points to give North a 23-18 lead. The Black Tornado capitalized on key blocks by Megan Bartling and Jaci Abeloe in the game.
Abeloe, a junior outside hitter, was also a factor in the third game with nine straight service points to lift North to a 12-5 lead.
Abeloe finished the match with eight kills and seven digs.
"This was one of (Abeloe's) best matches," North Medford coach Ron Beick said. "She's come on to earn the starting outside hitting spot."
Senior outside Satterfield also had eight kills, while senior middle Bartling contributed six kills and seven blocks. Setter Natalie Lorenz passed out 20 assists.
Heidi Siebenlist had nine digs and two aces to lead the Grizzlies (2-2), but no Ashland player had more than four kills as the offense struggled all night.
"We had a hard time handling their serve and it trickled down to the rest of our game," Scott said.
Scott said the return of Stocking will provide a big lift.
"Ruby is one of our best serve receive passers and is such a steady presence on the court," Scott said. "It's a loss offensively, definitely, but probably even more of a loss on serve receive. (North Medford) is a tough serving team and we had a hard time handling their serve. We didn't have the option to run the offense that we wanted to run."
Ashland hosts Southern Sky Conference foe Mazama on Thursday.
Prep cross country
At Klamath Union, the Ashland boys and Henley girls captured the team titles at the Mazama Mud Run Tuesday.
Henley had the top individual placers in the boys and girls 2-mile race with David Carruth (13:12) and Taylor Wallace (14:53).
Matt Miner finished fourth (14:21) to pace the Ashland boys contingent.
In girls, the best Ashland placer was Haley Beal (8th, 17:51).
TEAM SCORES &
Ashland 30, Henley 33, Triad 88, Klamath Union 94, Mazama 108, Cascade Christian 170.
4, Matt Miner, 14:21; 5, Paul Schwarzer, 14:22; 6, Ryland Karlovich, 14:23; 7, Cord Walsh, 14:24; 8, Wilder Schaaf, 14:24; 9, Noah Kass, 14:24.
TEAM SCORES &
Henley 29, Ashland 40, Weed 47, Klamath Union 100, Cascade Christian, incomplete.
8, Haley Beal, 17:51; 9, Aria Hemphill, 17:51; 10, Erika Hultz, 17:52; 11, Mya Kass, 17:52; 12, Seena Frantz, 17:52; 14, Camelia Mayfield, 17:53.
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Grizzlies swept away