An injury may have slowed down Crater’s volleyball team, but not for long.
Stepping into the role of primary outside hitter, junior Sydney Gray had 12 kills, eight digs and six aces, leading Crater to a 26-24, 25-13, 25-13 sweep over Ashland on Tuesday in a Midwestern League match.
Crater (3-0, 2-0 MWL) lost its primary hitter to an ankle injury last week at Thurston, and the new rotation was slow to gel, starting the match “a little nervous and uptight,” Crater coach Leaf Jensen said. However, once the Comets hit their stride, Gray and fellow outside hitter Rane Jensen (four kills, 15 digs, two aces) more than made up for the missing player.
“They carried us tonight,” Leaf Jensen said. “They did a really nice job.”
Middle blocker Maya VanHook added eight kills and two solo blocks for the Comets, who ended all three sets with a solo block.
The Grizzlies (1-2, 1-1 MWL) were led by Emily DeVall, who had eight digs, four kills and two aces. Also for Ashland, Alex Crane had 10 kills and Sydney Philpott 15 digs.
Ashland will try to bounce back Friday at Marist.
At Klamath Falls, Ashland scored all three of its goals in a span of 20 minutes to overcome a 1-0 second-half deficit en route to a 3-1 nonleague victory over Henley on Tuesday.
Mya Elder Hammond scored the equalizer off a long free kick from Ginny Cotton in the 52nd minute and three minutes later Liv West scored a goal with an assist by Mary Wilson to put the Grizzlies (2-0) ahead for good. Maya Holzshu padded the lead in the 73rd minute, scoring off an assist by Elder Hammond.
Sidney Hedlund scored the goal for Henley (0-1), which hosted the match in its indoor facility at Steens Sports Park.