ASHLAND — Taylor Alexander and Ashley Pagan took over Friday night’s match for No. 16 College of Idaho, helping to deliver a 20-25, 25-22, 26-24, 27-25 upset of No. 10 Southern Oregon that went down as the Raiders’ first loss at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
Alexander, a senior right-side hitter, tallied 18 kills and assisted four of C of I’s 10 blocks. Pagan, a junior outside hitter, went for 15 kills and 12 digs. Combined, the duo hit .415 on 65 attacks and enabled the Yotes (13-6 overall, 8-3 Cascade Conference) to stop a three-match series losing streak against the Raiders, including a five-setter on Sept. 1 in Caldwell.
The Raiders (17-2, 10-2) dropped a match behind first-place Eastern Oregon in the loss column. They’ll take on the No. 13 Mountaineers at 5 p.m. today, attempting to complete a season sweep.
SOU fought off match point four times in the fifth set before back-to-back kills from Pagan and Alexander put it away.
Taylor Ristvedt and Elliott Cook totaled 17 kills apiece for the Raiders, who were stymied at attacking averages of .136 and .167 in the second and third sets after taking charge in the first. They wrapped up with a .234 clip to C of I’s .267.
The Yotes led by as many as seven points in the second frame but trailed 24-22 in the third before Pagan took the last four points upon herself, dropping in two kills and two blocks consecutively for the win.
C of I middle Jackie van Vliet contributed 12 kills and a match-high seven blocks. Drew Dobney had 18 digs and Marija Djonovic added 34 assists in a two-setter lineup.
For the Raiders, Nila Lukens chipped in 10 kills, Emma Ryan had 18 digs and Makayla Hoyt had nine kills.
SOUTHERN OREGON 9, MULTNOMAH 0: At Portland, Southern Oregon earned its most lopsided win in more than three years and entered a four-way tie for second place in the Cascade Conference.
Misty Martinez scored a pair of goals — giving her four in SOU’s last three games — while Kiani Pandoliano scored one and assisted two. Makena Totushek, Mia Volpatti and Aislinn Waite recorded a goal and an assist apiece.
The Raiders (6-2-2 overall, 4-1-1 CCC) hadn’t scored more than five in a game since a 12-0 win against Simpson (Calif.) on Sept. 2, 2015.
Up 2-0 at halftime, they tallied five times within the first 12 minutes of the second half. Macaylea Mitchell, assisted by Cassandra Kohler, and Simone Schroder added the final touches in the 66th and 73rd minutes.
Martinez was credited with the game-winner in the 21st minute, her third of the season. She’s totaled a team-high five goals overall.
The Raiders outshot the Lions by a margin of 32-1 for their fourth shutout of the year.
Multnomah, a first-year program, dropped to 0-8 and 0-6 in the CCC.
SOUTHERN OREGON 5, MULTNOMAH 1: At Portland, the Raiders had no issues against Multnomah, scoring each of its goals in the first half before entering cruise control in a victory at Eastside Timbers Field.
Freshman forward Noah Addie turned in his second hat trick of the season, depositing the first three goals of the game in the 10th, 14th and 22nd minutes on assists from Zac Hansen, Renee Resendez and Carlos Magana. In bringing their team-record unbeaten streak to 10 games, the Raiders (9-2-1 overall, 6-0-1 Cascade Conference) took a three-point lead in first place over Corban, which is off until Saturday.
Addie upped his team-high goal total to four. In the 29th minute, Esteban Castaneda put in his first of the season on a Mitchell Pinney assist, and in the 39th, Zak Woolley added his second courtesy of a setup by Yan Pessoa de Oliveira.
The Raiders have outscored opponents 35-3 during their streak.
They held the Lions (3-8, 1-6) to two shots. Wyatt Zabinski saved one of them and Noe Favila scored the other in the 54th minute. Marcus Krause was credited with an assist of the goal, which was the first the Lions have scored against SOU in four meetings.