ASHLAND — For the third time in team history and first since 1997, the Southern Oregon University volleyball team has gotten through six consecutive matches without dropping a set to start the season after overpowering William Jessup (Calif.) on Saturday by scores of 25-16, 25-22 and 25-18 at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
The No. 13-ranked Raiders (6-0) clipped the Warriors (5-5) for the second time in as many weeks behind another sharp outing from junior right-side hitter Taylor Ristvedt, who had 11 kills on 14 attacks, and sophomore middle Makayla Hoyt, who added nine kills on a .692 attacking average and three blocks.
A day after sweating out three frames against Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), SOU stole the momentum with a 10-2 spurt that ended the first set. WJU’s only lead the rest of the way was at 1-0 in the third.
The Raiders will attempt to complete a perfect nonleague schedule at 5 p.m. Sunday against winless Simpson (Calif.) in the final match of the Raider Invitational.
Southern Oregon got contributions from all around the court in hitting .333 collectively — already their fifth time over .300 this season — on an attack orchestrated by Natalie James (25 assists) and Hannah Bogatin (13). Dani Johnson chipped in seven kills, including four during the set-ending rally that capped the first, while Nila Lukens had six and Elliott Cook five.
Emma Ryan (nine digs), Myla Norvell (eight) and Hannah Bogatin (seven) controlled the back row.
Sydney Molander’s eight kills led the Warriors. In two losses to the Raiders, the Warriors failed to get past the 20-point mark.
MASTER’S UNIVERSITY 3, SOUTHERN OREGON 2: At Atherton, Calif. the Master’s University (Calif.) forward Trevor Mangan converted a penalty kick with one second left in the second overtime period, to lift Mustangs over Southern Oregon at Wunderlich Field.
One of the more stunning heartbreaks the Raiders have endured was set up when Mangan was tripped up in the box with three seconds left. Officials called the foul but time expired as they didn’t formally signal for the clock to stop. After a brief meeting cleared up the confusion, one second was put back on the clock and Mangan made it count.
The loss spoiled the first collegiate goals for Raider freshmen Noah Addie and Zak Woolley. The Raiders (0-2) fell behind on Dylan Bielanski’s goal in the 17th minute, but came back to take a 2-1 lead as Renee Resendez assisted Addie in the 26th and Zac Hansen set up Woolley in the 77th.
The advantage lasted just four minutes, however, as Matthew Logan scored on Luis Garcia Sosa’s corner kick for the equalizer.
It was SOU’s first loss in eight overtime games dating back to 2016.
The Mustangs improved to 2-0. They were mostly even statistically with 16 shots to SOU’s 15 and a matching six shots on goal.
SOU returns home for its first game at Raider Stadium on Sept. 1 against William Jessup (Calif.).
RCC TIES, LOSES: At Tukwila, Washington, Rogue Community College earned a 2-2 draw with Columbia Basin and lost 5-0 to Tacoma in Northwest Athletic friendly matches to open the season Thursday and Friday.
Against Columbia, the Ospreys’ Ramiro Alvarado scored in the 41st minute to tie it at 1-1. Alvarez assisted on an Enrique Gonzalez goal in the 57th as RCC took the lead. Columbia knotted it in the 75th.
The Ospreys trailed only 1-0 at halftime against Tacoma.
RCC LOSES TWO: At Tukwila, Washington, Rogue Community College fell to Yakima Valley, 4-0, and Bellevue, 5-1, in Northwest Athletic friendies Thursday and Friday to start it season.
Yakima did all its scoring in the second half.
Against Bellevue, RCC’s Logan Billy scored unassisted in the third minute for a 1-0 lead before Bellevue