It was a tough night for the Ashland High volleyball team on Tuesday, as North Eugene continued its impressive start to the 2018 season with a straight-set victory (25-13, 25-6, 25-18) over the Grizzlies in Midwestern League action at Mountain Avenue Gym.
The Highlanders (8-1 overall, 7-0 MWL) entered their trip to Ashland on a three-match winning streak and had lost just three sets all season.
And their early-season dominance only continued against the Grizzlies (3-6, 3-4).
This was North Eugene’s sixth sweep in its seven league games so far this season, dropping its lone set in a Sept. 4 victory over Thurston.
Ashland, which has lost its last two league contests, hosts Churchill at noon on Saturday in what will be one of the Grizzlies’ final home games of the season. The second half of the season, which starts next Thursday night when Crater comes to Mountain Avenue Gym, will see Ashland play seven of its final nine MWL matches on the road.
Prep Boys Soccer
ASHLAND 6, KLAMATH UNION 0: At Klamath Falls, Ashland built a 4-0 halftime lead — three of those goals coming from freshman striker Davidson Graham in the first 17 minutes — en route to recording its highest goal total of the 2018 season with a blowout win on the road against Klamath Union.
Graham opened the scoring on the Grizzlies’ first attack of the game, making it 1-0 all of 18 seconds in. He got his first-half hat trick even before the midway point of the opening 40 minutes arrived, putting Ashland (3-2-1) ahead 3-0.
Scott Gustafson, Noah Aguilar and Carson Pindell each recorded assists on Graham’s goals.
Pindell finished off the Grizzlies’ big first half with a goal on a backheel past the Pelicans’ onrushing goalkeeper.
Zander Huston and Simon Cropper rounded out the scoring for Ashland, while Kona Makai recorded a pair of assists.
Grizzlies goalkeeper Gabriel Giancarlo recorded his second shutout in as many games and made three saves in the win.
Ashland will resume Midwestern League play on Saturday afternoon in a 2 p.m. matchup against Willamette in Eugene.
Prep Girls Soccer
NORTH VALLEY 2, ASHLAND 1: At Ashland, North Valley scored with less than 12 minutes off the clock in the second half, breaking a 1-1 tie and claimed a road non-conference win over Ashland on Monday night.
Ashland junior Mary Wilson scored in the 17th minute off an assist from freshman Emeline Clark to pull the Grizzlies (1-4-1 overall) even after the Knights opened the scoring in the 10th minute.
In total, North Valley (4-0) outshot Ashland 9-3 in the game.
Ashland returns to Midwestern League play this Saturday afternoon when it faces Willamette in Eugene.
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