SOU volleyball team storms back, upends Corban

After dropping the first two sets, 16th-ranked Southern Oregon played some of its best volleyball of the year to defeat Corban, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-3 Saturday in Salem.

Southern Oregon improved to 13-2 overall and 7-1 in Cascade Conference play. Corban dropped to 4-11 and 3-4.

The Warriors held the Raiders to a .080 and .156 attack percentage in the first two sets to put the Raiders' backs against the wall.

Southern Oregon responded by hitting .452 in the third set, with 16 kills and only two errors to start the SOU comeback. The Raiders then hit .357 to tie the match in the fourth set and took compete control in the fifth set.

SOU jumped out to a 9-1 lead on a Becky Johnstone ace, then a kill by Chelsea Hartman ended the comeback with a 15-3 victory.

Hartman finished with a match-high 18 kills for Southern Oregon. Heather Porter finished with 17 kills, and Leanne Stennett had 10 kills and 16 digs.

Prep Volleyball

The North Medford and Ashland volleyball teams each made it to the quarterfinals of the loaded Rogue Valley Classic before being eliminated Saturday.

The 23-team tournament, played at North and South Medford high schools, included 10 teams ranked in the top 10 in either Class 6A or 5A and several others just outside the top 10.

Jesuit, the top-ranked 6A team in Oregon, defeated No. 8 Barlow in the championship match, 25-23, 25-19.

Cascade Christian, the No. 6-ranked Class 3A team, defeated Hidden Valley for the consolation championship, 13-25, 25-18, 15-9.

North Medford placed second in its pool behind McNary, then got into bracket play and defeated Crater in the first round, 25-14, 25-13. The Black Tornado lost to powerhouse Jesuit in its next match, 25-18, 25-12.

"I had a talk with the kids before the match," said North Medford coach Erika Wright, "and we talked about how often it is that you get to play teams in this sport that are good, like Jesuit. I told them how to handle the pressure, and they did really well. They were really resilient."

After the first-game loss, the Tornado stayed with the Crusaders to 17-all before the Portland team pulled away.

North Medford got strong play from senior outside hitter Hillevi Johnson and senior setter Danielle Boyd.

In pool play, North Medford defeated Silverton, No. 5 in 5A, 25-16, 27-25. It lost to McNary and split with Hidden Valley.

Ashland, No. 3 in 5A, won its pool, which included ninth-ranked 6A Sprague. The Grizzlies had a bye in bracket play before falling to Summit, No. 1 in 5A.

In pool play, Ashland topped Bend, 25-17, 25-17, and split with Crater and Sprague — beating the Olympians 25-23 and losing by the same score.

Boys Soccer

Ashland built a 3-2 lead by halftime but ran out of gas in suffering a 6-3 nonconference loss to Woodburn on Saturday at North Mountain Park.

Adam Pavlich scored on a header off a corner kick by Ian Murray in the ninth minute, but Woodburn scored in the 26th and 28th minutes to take a 2-1 lead.

The Grizzlies (1-4-1) tied the match on an indirect kick by Neil Presicci in the 38th minute on shot just outside the box after a tap by Murray.

Ashland regained the lead one minute later when Kevin Cassidy converted a crossing pass from Chris Landt. Woodburn went on to tally in the 50th, 55th, 73rd and 76th minutes to pull away.

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