CALDWELL, Idaho — The eighth-ranked College of Idaho Yotes were victimized again by Southern Oregon's five-set magic Friday night at the J.A. Activities Center.
The Raiders won their sixth five-set match against no losses, 20-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 15-13, and ended a three-match losing streak on the Yotes' home floor.
Sophomore right-side hitter Taylor Ristvedt delivered 16 kills, her highest total in a month, and setters Natalie James (31 assists, 11 digs) and Hannah Bogatin (23 assists, seven digs) kept SOU balanced by guiding three more individuals to double figures in kills.
The Raiders (9-6 overall, 6-4 Cascade Conference) improved to 15-1 the last four years in CCC matches that have gone five matches.
Elliott Cook pitched in with 11 kills, Makayla Hoyt with 10 kills and five blocks, Dani Johnson with 10 kills and Ashlyn Flynn with 25 digs.
The Raiders were also helped by the fact that the Yotes (16-3, 8-3) lost their two top hitters, Taylor Alexander and Ashley Pagan, to injuries in the first set.
SOU 1, EASTERN OREGON 0: At Ashland, Southern Oregon senior defender Logan Guler headed in the only goal in the 55th minute at Raider Stadium.
Guler took Kelly Gieber's perfectly-placed corner kick and put it in right in front of the goal.
With his first point in two years with the team, Guler became the 10th Raider to tally a goal this season, while Gieber took over the team lead with his fourth assist. The connection helped SOU remain in second place, improving to 6-1 in the CCC and 6-6 overall.
The Mountaineers fell to 2-3-1 and 5-4-1.
RCC HONORS: Rogue Community College accomplished two firsts this week when Mauricio Sanchez was named player of the week in the Northwest Athletic Conference and RCC was seventh in the NWAC coaches poll, its first ranking in program history.
Sanchez was responsible for several important blocked shots, tackles and clearances in a 2-0 win over Clark and a 2-1 victory over SWOCC. He also scored a goal from a corner kick against SWOCC that proved to be the game-winner.
The Ospreys (5-0) are perched atop the South Division as they move into the second half of the season.
EASTER OREGON 4, SOU 0: At Ashland, Natalie Mitchell and Taylor Boyer scored a goal apiece in each half as Eastern Oregon stayed unbeaten in Cascade Conference play.
Between the two of them, Mitchell and Boyer gave the red-hot Mountaineers (6-2-1 overall, 5-0 CCC) the highest goal total for a Raider opponent in Ashland since 2007.
The loss was the Raiders' most lopsided against an NAIA opponent in eight years. They dropped to 6-5 overall and 3-2 in the CCC.