Raiders down Corban in four sets

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon volleyball team picked up its 19th consecutive win against Corban, defeating the Warriors 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15 Saturday night at Bob Riehm Arena.

Natalie Scheller finished with a match-high 16 kills for the Raiders (12-7, 8-1 CCC), while Jordan Crossley added 14 and Haley Kasler tallied 11. Renee Yomtob posted 25 digs and Angela Spieker led the team with 31 assists.

For Corban (3-12, 1-8 CCC), Chandra Teague tallied a team-high 14 kills, while Claire Bailey added 12.

Southern Oregon opened the first set on a 7-0 run, but Corban responded with a 15-8 stretch to tie it up at 15. The two teams remained close the rest of the way, as the set featured four tie scores. Corban grabbed its first and final lead of the set when the Warriors used a five-point streak to turn a 21-19 deficit into a 24-21 advantage. Following a Corban service error, Teague closed out the set with a kill for the Warriors.

The second set included eight tie scores and three lead changes, as neither team led by more than three points. This time Corban held a late two-point advantage at 21-19, and the Raiders closed strong to win the set. Southern Oregon finished the set on a 6-2 run, scoring the final four points and sealing the set victory on a kill by Sam Boehnke.

Southern Oregon used a 12-2 run midway through the third set to claim a 10-point lead before Corban methodically worked its way back into the contest. The Warriors pulled within three at 21-18 on a block by Claire Bailey and Courtney Mulford, but SOU scored the next two points and clinched the 25-20 set win on a kill by Nikki Keller.

The fourth set again saw SOU use a big run to pull ahead, and this time the Raiders continued to pull away.

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