No. 15 Raiders wallop Geoducks

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Evergreen Geoducks played point-for-point with one of the nation's best in the second frame, but lopsided efforts in the first and third allowed the 15th-ranked Southern Oregon Raiders to leave with the 25-6, 25-22, 25-7 victory in a Cascade Conference match Friday at CRC Gymnasium.

The Raiders (16-4, 13-2 CCC) used a 10-point run in the first frame to build a big leave over the Geoducks (0-16, 0-15 CCC) as Southern Oregon cruised to an easy win. SOU has just one attack error in the opening frame, hitting .423 with 12 kills on 26 attacks. On the other side of the net, Evergreen had just five kills with nine errors on 28 attacks.

The second set was a whole different ball game as Evergreen played battled its nationally ranked opponent. SOU pushed the lead to seven points late, but the Geoducks fought back before falling. The Raiders put down 17 kills with seven errors on 43 attacks for a .233 hitting percentage, while the Geoducks had 12 kills and seven errors on 46 attacks for a .109 clip.

Evergreen maintained the momentum early in the third frame, but a 21-4 run was enough to give SOU the victory as they took the third set, 25-7. The Raiders had their best hitting frame in the final set, putting down 11 kills with one error on just 16 attempts. The Geoducks had just two kills with nine errors on 17 attacks to end the match.

Southern Oregon was paced by Sarah Holgen's 14 kills. Caryn Westrick finished with 12 assists night while Angela Spieker came off the bench to add 11. Becky Johnstone led all players with 11 digs.

SOUTHERN OREGON 75, HOLY NAMES 61 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon held Holy Names to less than 25 percent shooting in the second half as the Raiders pulled away for a 75-61 nonconference victory over the Hawks SOU's Season Opening Classic tournament Friday at Bob Riehm Arena.

Both teams return to action today for the second day of the tournament, with Holy Names facing Northwest Christian at 5 p.m. and the Raiders scheduled to play Great Falls at 7 p.m.

The opening half was a struggle for both teams, as each squad hit just 10 of 34 shots and combined for 34 turnovers. Midway through the half the Hawks started to take control, as a Danika Potestio jumper triggered a 14-4 run that gave the visitors a 24-17 lead with just under six minutes to play in the half.

A pair of free throws for RaTanya Newsome ended the HNU run and sparked a 12-point SOU rally that gave the Raiders a five-point lead at 29-24 with 2:34 remaining before intermission. A Krysten Copeland layup with just over a minute to play gave SOU a six-point advantage, and the Raiders led 35-31 at the break.

Holy Names scored the first points of the second half on Yesenia Garzon's layup, but the Hawks would not score for nearly five minutes after that as the Raiders put together their second 12-0 run of the game to build a double-digit lead, 47-33, with 15:01 remaining in the contest.

The visitors chipped away at the SOU lead, pulling within nine points at 49-40 a few minutes later, but the Raiders responded to stretch the lead to a game-high 17 points at 60-43 on a Josi McDermott jumper with 8:51 to play.

McDermott finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 18 points and leading the team with 10 rebounds. Copeland and Haley Newell scored 13 for the Raiders, and Newsome added 11 in the win. Antonette Capili led Holy Names with 15 points, while Soulijah Evans scored 11 and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and Garzon added 10 boards for the Hawks.

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