Roseburg’s volleyball team embraced a team mentality to overpower South Medford 25-18, 25-14, 25-11 at Stewart W. Robertson Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday.

“I was very happy with our performance tonight,” Roseburg coach Danielle Haskett said about the Southwest Conference match. “I thought that every single player contributed and we really played as a team, and that’s what we’ve been working on.”

Taylor Russell had four aces and 26 assists for the Indians (4-2, 2-1 SWC), Karey Lomica had 13 digs and Alyssa Fox made three blocks.

Fox and Sophie Ballard each had five kills, while Faith Jordan added six kills for the Indians and Hannah Bartlett had nine kills.

“I did pretty well,” Jordan said after the game. “I communicated well with the setter and everyone around me responded. I was really impressed with how well we played. We worked as a team tonight.”

Nine different players hit the ball over the net for the Indians, something Haskett attributes to trust.

“What we did well is move the ball around because we trust each other,” Haskett said. “In the past we’ve had two girls with the most sets, but we are spreading it all over the court this year.”

Although Roseburg was able to win in three sets, the Panthers (1-5, 0-3) continuously put up a fight.

In the first set Roseburg was ahead 16-9, but South Medford was able to rein in the Indians to cut the deficit to 16-14.

Roseburg was able to retake the lead behind some great setting by Lomica and some net violations by the Panthers.

“When they first come out it’s just nerves,” Haskett said. “For many of them it’s the first time at varsity, and they’re seniors. The more experience they get the more the nerves diminish.”

The Indians are scheduled to play at South Eugene Thursday in their next SWC contest.

Sports reporter Sanne Godfrey can be reached at 541-957-4203 or via email at Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey

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