The 16th-ranked Southern Oregon volleyball team picked up its eighth consecutive victory Friday, sweeping Corban 25-16, 25-21, 25-15 in Cascade Collegiate Conference action Friday night at Bob Riehm Arena.
With the win, Southern Oregon improves to 14-4 overall and 11-2 in conference play. Corban falls to 10-12 overall and 4-10 in the CCC. Both teams return to action tonight, when the Raiders host Northwest Christian and Corban travels to Klamath Falls to face Oregon Tech.
Southern Oregon scored the first six points of the opening set and never looked back. Corban pulled within four points at 16-12, but following a SOU timeout the Raiders scored nine of the next 13 points to win big. Natalie Scheller's kill sealed the win.
The Raiders started strong in the second set as well, taking an early five-point lead at 9-4 on a kill by Liz Madden. Corban used a three-point streak to pull within two at 9-7, and later in the set a five-point Corban run pulled the Warriors to within one at 15-14. A pair of kills by Sarah Holgen ended the CU run, and the Raiders eventually regained their five-point advantage at 23-18 and again at 24-19.
The final set began with another dominant SOU start, with the Raiders building a 12-2 lead and never allowing Corban within five points of the leaders. A Holgen attack error gave Corban its best chance late, pulling the Warriors within 19-14, but Southern Oregon closed with a 6-1 run to finish the match.
Holgen led both teams with 13 kills and tied Becky Johnstone for the match-high total with 13 digs. Angela Spieker and Caryn Westrick combined for 36 assists, while Megan Dees picked up 14 assists for the Warriors.
RAIDERS RANKED SEVENTH — Southern Oregon picked up 50 votes to tie for seventh in the Cascade Collegiate Conference preseason men's basketball coaches' poll, released Wednesday.
The Raiders will be led by senior forward Jordan Highland, who scored a team-high 15.7 points per game last season for an SOU team that finished 14-16 overall and tied for seventh in the conference standings with a 6-12 record.
Southern Oregon returns 10 players from the 2010-11 team and adds five newcomers for the 2011-12 season.
Three-time defending champion Oregon Tech is favored to hold on to its Cascade Collegiate Conference crown, according to the preseason poll of the league's 10 head coaches.
Conference action gets underway in early December. The top eight teams in the final regular season standings will advance to the CCC's postseason tournament.
NO. 6 IN POLL — The Cascade Collegiate Conference women's basketball coaches picked Southern Oregon to finish sixth in the conference standings this season, according to a poll released Thursday by the conference office.
The Raiders, who finished last season with a 16-15 overall record and 9-9 conference mark, return nine starters from the 2010-11 squad. Senior guard Josi McDermott will lead the Raiders and is SOU's top returning scorer after averaging 8.3 points per game last season, playing in 27 games with 11 starts.
With first-place votes from six coaches, Corban University is the preseason choice to win the 2011-12 Cascade Conference crown.
TOPS IN NATION — After a technical computing error put Southern Oregon at No. 2 Wednesday, SOU topped the corrected NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Preseason Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Friday.
The Raiders had a trio of grapplers earn a No. 1 ranking and six other wrestlers earned recognition to total 127.5 points. Top-ranked Raiders are Mitchell Lofstedt at 125 pounds, Tommie Hooper at 157 and Derek Rottenberg at 184. Loftstedt is a two-time All-American and is a two-time 125-pound finalist, winning the title in 2010 for Southern Oregon.
Second-ranked Campbellsville (Ky.) boasts the most ranked individuals with 11 to total 116.5 points. Leading the way for the Tigers is a trio of No. 2-ranked grapplers: Tim Thurston (133), Tommy Pretty (141) and Jamelle Jones (197).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the qualifying groups. The first regular-season poll will be announced Dec. 23.