It was intense, back and forth, with coaches standing on their feet and players sacrificing their bodies throughout the night, according to Bend High coach Kristin Cooper.
But in the end, sparked by a run-down play by Carissa Scott that kept the ball in play and led to a Lava Bear point, it was Bend coming out on top with a 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 17-25, 15-10 Intermountain Conference volleyball victory over visiting Summit.
“I think both teams played great defense,” Cooper said. “A lot of balls being picked up, a lot of great saves, a lot of blocking. It was great. It was well-played volleyball.”
Cassidy Wheeler paced the Lava Bears (2-2 IMC) with eight kills and 18 digs, with Amanda Todd adding seven kills and 18 digs and Alicia Todd racking up a match-high 20 digs to go along with two aces. In all, Bend finished with 87 digs.
Dani Taylor led the Storm (1-3 IMC) with 14 kills, Brenna Roy had 15 digs, and Jordan Waskom finished with 32 assists, 13 digs and three aces.
“The IMC is tough this year, and we knew that going into the season,” Summit coach Jill Waskom said, noting that the Storm struggled a bit to put balls away on Thursday night. “I think it’s good to face adversity early in the season and work out the kinks and learn how to battle.”
Cooper said Summit held a 10-8 advantage in the fifth and deciding set, but Scott, following a Bend dig, ran down the ball near the crowd to keep it in play. The Lava Bears picked up the point as part of a 7-0 run to close out the match.
“In the fifth game, you could feel it,” Cooper said. “We started with the lead, and Summit took momentum. We really started blocking, and we had a few huge blocks in the front row.”
Also on Thursday:
Summit 2, Bend 1: The Storm trailed 1-0 at the half, but Alex Bowlin came through with two goals in the final 20 minutes of the Intermountain Conference matchup to give Summit the win over the visiting Lava Bears. Scott Bracci put Bend (0-1 IMC, 1-3-3 overall) on the board in the first half with a low shot toward the far-right corner. The Lava Bears continued to fend off the Storm (2-0, 4-1-2) until the 62nd minute, when Bowlin received a through ball from C.J. Fritz and beat the keeper for the equalizer. In the 75th minute, Eli Warmenhoven crossed to Bowlin, who beat the goalie to the ball for the go-ahead goal. Summit continues IMC play on Tuesday with a visit to Mountain View, while Bend plays host to Central, of Independence, in an endowment game on Saturday. (Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for students).
Mountain View 3, Ridgeview 3: REDMOND — Zel Rey had two assists and Phillip Orellana recorded two goals, including one in the 79th minute on a redirected free kick to help the Cougars salvage an Intermountain Hybrid draw at Ridgeview High. In a match that featured seven yellow cards and two reds, and with both teams fielding just 10 men in the closing minutes, it was Mountain View coming through with two second-half goals to force the draw. “I told them after the game, I am so proud of the guys that were on the field,” Cougars coach Chris Rogers said. “They played the last 30 minutes a man down and came back to get a draw on the road.” Mario Torres logged the other goal for Mountain View (0-2-4), which, as Rogers pointed out, has now scored first in five of its six matches this season. Aaron Zendejas, Nakoda Sanders and Oscar Jaidar each scored for the Ravens (2-2-3), all coming in the first half. “We were much better in the matches against Bend and Summit (last week),” Ridgeview coach Keith Bleyer said. “Today, we were a little off our game.”
Crook County 3, Redmond 2: PRINEVILLE — The Class 4A Cowboys jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a victory over the 5A Panthers. Christian Hernandez and Zane Abrams scored first-half goals for Crook County (4-1 overall); Cowboys coach Joel Carrillo noted that Kohlter Kee had a great assist on Abrams’ goal. Diego Nunez added a goal in the second half for Crook County before Redmond’s Daniel Lopez scored twice — once on an assist from Ernesto Chavez — to close the gap. The Cowboys host 4A Special District 1 foe Ridgeview on Tuesday.
Madras 1, North Marion 1: AURORA — The White Buffaloes earned a Tri-Valley Conference draw on the road and improved to 2-1-1 in league play. Maylo Urieta converted a Gustavo Pacheco assist into a score in the 24th minute, giving Madras a 1-0 lead. The Huskies salvaged the home tie with a goal in the 78th minute. “It was kind of heartbreaking,” Buff coach Clark Jones said about the late score. “But it’s nice to get out of here with points.” Madras is now 4-1-1 overall on the season.
Junction City 7, La Pine 0: LA PINE — The Hawks played better in the second half, according to La Pine coach Sam Ramirez, but a 4-0 halftime deficit proved too much for the home team to overcome. “I’m still proud of them,” Ramirez said about his club, which is playing a full varsity schedule for the first time in school history. “They kept up the effort.” With the loss, La Pine fell to 0-3 in Sky-Em League play and 0-6 overall.
Summit 3, Bend 0: Hadlie Plummer scored twice and Christina Edwards posted a goal and an assist as the Storm scored three second-half goals at Summit High to knock off the Lava Bears in Intermountain Conference play. Plummer broke open a 0-0 tie in the 43rd minute, scoring on a through ball from Mya Fraley. Edwards connected with Plummer eight minutes later to put the Storm on top 2-0. Summit (3-0 IMC, 6-0-1 overall) sealed the victory in the 73rd minute when Edwards knocked in a rebound off of a Camille Weaver shot. Awbrie Elle Kinkade posted a solid game in goal for Bend (1-1, 4-2-1), according to Lava Bear coach Mackenzie Groshong.
Sisters 6, Cottage Grove 0: COTTAGE GROVE — Five different players scored for the Outlaws as Sisters rolled past the Lions in Sky-Em League play. Natalie Ambrose posted two goals while Liz Stewart, Emily Corrigan, Cassandra Arruda and Danielle Rudinsky each scored once. “I was impressed with our combination plays,” said Sisters coach Audrey Tehan, whose club is 3-0 in league and 6-0 overall. “A lot of different people scored on a lot of different plays. That makes us very dynamic.”
Ridgeview 2, Mountain View 1: REDMOND — The Ravens broke a 1-1 tie in the 70th minute to pick up the Intermountain Hybrid victory over the Cougars and improve to 2-4-1 overall. No statistics were reported by Ridgeview. Aspen Crew scored the Cougars’ lone goal, which tied the game 1-1 in the 15th minute. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for Mountain View, which is now 2-5 overall.
Junction City 2, La Pine 0: JUNCTION CITY — The Hawks played the Tigers to a scoreless draw through halftime before Junction City scored twice in the second half. It was the first time that La Pine (0-2 Sky-Em League, 0-5-1) had played an opponent to a 0-0 score at intermission, according to coach Scott Winslow. “The defense cleared the ball really well for us,” Winslow said. “Everyone played so hard.”
Madras 1, North Marion 1: MADRAS — Mariah Stacona scored an unassisted goal and the White Buffaloes’ defense allowed just one score as Madras broke a three-game scoreless streak with a home draw. “The defense played well,” White Buffalo coach Mike Osborne said. Madras is now 0-1-2 in the Tri-Valley Conference and 0-2-5 overall.
Crook County 2, Redmond 0: PRINEVILLE — Redmond fell to the Cowgirls after Crook County scored two goals in the second half. “We were playing a team that had some pretty good players,” Crook County coach Rich Abrams said. “But it was our defense that won the game for us.” Emily Kreachbaum was the first to score, followed by Maddie Bernard.
Ridgeview 3, Mountain View 1: REDMOND — The Ravens wrapped up a sweep of the Bend schools in their past three matches, handling the Cougars 25-9, 25-20, 20-25, 25-23. Katrina Johnson had 17 kills, 4 blocks and went 10-for-10 at the service line for the Ravens. Katie Nurge went 14 of 15 serving to go along with 27 digs, while Rhian Sage was 19 of 20 serving with 3 aces, 41 assists and 20 digs. The Ravens recently defeated Summit and Bend High as well. Jill Roshak led Mountain View with 12 kills, Mikayla Schumacher recorded 50 assists and 3 aces, Katy Mahr also had 3 aces, and Natalie Warren added 6 blocks. “I’m proud that we didn’t let the first game set the tone for the match,” Mountain View coach Jill McKae said. “It was a really hard-fought match the rest of the way.”
Crook County 3, Redmond 0: REDMOND — Hannah Troutman recorded 13 kills and 14 digs and Aspen Christiansen went 10 for 10 from the service line with an ace as the Cowgirls overwhelmed the host Panthers 25-3, 25-13, 25-11 in Intermountain Hybrid action. Kathryn Kaonis added nine kills and Troutman contributed a 9-for-10 night at the line that included a pair of aces. Christiansen also had a strong match defensively, registering 12 digs of her own.
Sisters 3, La Pine 0: LA PINE — Highlighted by Haylie Hudson’s nine straight service points in the third game, the Outlaws cruised to a 25-6, 25-9, 25-13 Sky-Em League victory. Hudson added eight assists, equaling Alex Hartford’s total, while Katelyn Meeter delivered seven assists. Nila Lukens and Isabelle Tara had seven kills apiece for the Outlaws (4-0 Sky-Em). While stats were unavailable for La Pine (0-4 Sky-Em), Hawks coach Alice Zysett spotlighted the play of two juniors. “Maddie Fisher did a great job on serve-receive,” Zysett said. “And she was aggressive at the net. ... Micaela Whittington did a good job digging.”
Madras 3, North Marion 0: AURORA — Alexis Urbach logged 10 kills, Shelby Mauritson had nine kills and a match-high 18 digs, and the White Buffaloes improved to 3-0 in Tri-Valley Conference action with a 25-16, 25-15, 25-14 sweep of the Huskies. Elle Renault picked up 22 assists to go along with seven aces, and Keely Brown finished with six kills to keep Madras unbeaten in conference play.
Culver sweeps Toledo, Waldport: MILL CITY — Behind a total of 54 aces, the Bulldogs cruised by Toledo (25-4, 25-6, 25-7) and Waldport (25-11, 25-11, 25-8) to improve to 8-0 in Tri-River Conference play. Gabrielle Alley finished with 10 aces and six kills against Toledo before racking up 10 kills and eight digs against Waldport. Shealene Little had nine aces and 10 kills followed by 14 kills and seven digs, while Hannah Lewis totaled 46 assists between the two matches. Lynze Schonneker tallied five aces in each contest, and Kaylee Aldrich recorded 11 aces against Waldport.