More Grizz domination

Another year, another perfect conference season for the Ashland High volleyball team.

The third-ranked Grizzlies put an exclamation point on their fourth straight undefeated Southern Sky Conference campaign and fifth straight undefeated league season overall Thursday with a 25-10, 25-11, 25-8 victory over Crater at Ashland Middle School.

The lopsided win wrapped up a dominating four-year run for Ashland in the soon-to-be disbanded SSC. The Grizzlies were 24-0 in four seasons of SSC play, a run that followed a 14-0 mark in the final year of the Southern Oregon Conference.

All told, Ashland has won 44 straight league matches dating back to October of 2004. Also, the Grizzlies haven't even dropped a game in league play the past two seasons.

Despite the loss, Crater finished second in the league standings and will advance into the state playoffs.

"The team came out and played aggressive and put an exclamation point on wanting to be No. 1," said Ashland coach Jodee Scott. "The girls were driven in every aspect of the game."

Niki Small, a senior middle, paced the Grizzlies' front line with 15 kills, while senior outside Hayley Ross added 11 kills.

Grizzly setter Callie McCoy passed out 31 assists, defensive specialist Liz Westmoreland added eight digs and six aces, libero Piper Cantrell chipped in 12 digs and eight aces and Ila Sturgis contributed nine digs and three aces.

"Our front line was motivated," Scott said, "and Callie did a good job of splitting up the blockers with a fast offense to get our hitters one-on-one."

For Crater, Jaimee Boskovich had five kills. "Crater put up some really good rallies," Scott said. "They played better than the score indicates."

Ashland and Crater will both host a Class 5A second round state playoff game on Nov. 7. Second-round winners advance to the state tournament Nov. 13-14 in Hillsboro.

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