ASHLAND — A drama-free weekend for the No. 10 Southern Oregon volleyball team concluded with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-12 defeat of Multnomah on Saturday night at Lithia Motors Pavilion, where the Raiders’ back-row defenders took their turn in the spotlight.
Junior libero Emma Ryan was all over the floor in piling up 19 digs during the condensed match, including 10 in the second set alone, and she added four of SOU’s eight service aces. Sophomore defensive specialist Myla Norvell contributed 10 more digs, and senior Kiley Barcroft had five digs and two aces.
Together, the rallies they prolonged caused Multnomah’s attacking average to sink to .030.
The Raiders upped their record to 14-0 overall. With their 12th sweep of the season, they also maintained control of first place at 7-0 in the Cascade Conference. The Lions dropped to 1-12 and 0-6.
Natalie James (22 assists, seven digs) and Hannah Bogatin (15 assists, two aces) directed an attack that hit .273. Makayla Hoyt was the most frequent target with 11 kills on 20 swings to go with three blocks. Malie Rube and Elliott Cook deposited seven kills apiece.
SOU has hit .250 or better 11 times this season after doing so eight times all of 2017.
“I felt like this entire week was an efficient one for our team,” SOU head coach Josh Rohlfing said. “We know we still have a long way to go, but we feel like we’re growing offensively every match we play.”
The Lions were led by Miranda Halverson’s six kills and Rachel Leshikar’s 12 digs. After giving up seven unanswered points to end the first set, they fell behind 9-2 in the second and 10-2 in the third.
CHEMEKETA 3, RCC 1: Rogue Community College battled to a 0-0 halftime draw in its home opener before Chemeketa pulled away.
The Ospreys (0-3-1, 0-2-0 NWAC) started the match with stiff defense against Chemeketa (6-1-0, 2-0-0). Both sides moved the ball back-and-forth looking for opportunities but the defenses didn’t give.
Chemeketa scored in the 61st minute as Sebastian Rueles collected the pass from Anthony Mota and found the net. Mota followed soon after in the 69th with an assist from Rueles.
The Ospreys answered when Sam Bradfield found Enrique Gonzalez in front of the net in the 70th to make it 2-1. However, Mota scored two minutes later to clinch it.