SOU rolls to win over Concordia

ASHLAND — The trio of Mia Wortel, Samantha Yutzie and Lindsey Stone helped the Southern Oregon University volleyball team score a 26-24, 25-15, 25-20 victory over first-place Concordia Friday at McNeal Pavilion.

The victory improves the Raiders to 6-7 overall and, more importantly, 4-1 in Cascade Conference play. Concordia fell to 8-5 overall and 4-1. The Raiders, winners of three straight conference matches, host Corban tonight at 7.

Wortel turned in her most efficient match of the season, coming through with 12 kills and just two errors on 16 swings for a .625 attack percentage. Yutzie came through with 12 kills and Stone finished with 43 assists.

"That was one of our best matches of the season," SOU coach Josh Rohlfing said. "Each time we got pushed, we pushed back.

"Concordia's a very good team, and we'll have our hands full when we go up there."

Rohlfing was also impressed with Stone's play.

"Lindsey is playing at a very high level right now," he said.

The Raiders had to battle back from down early in the first set as the Cavs took advantage of Raider errors for 11-8 lead, and a kill by Jamie Richards put them up 15-10.

That clicked the switch on for the Raiders. A kill by sophomore Heather Porter had the lead down to 17-15, and Yutzie's and Wortel's back-to-back kills trimmed the CU advantage to 19-18.

Another smash by Porter gave SOU a 23-22 lead, the Raiders' first since 6-5. The teams traded points before Porter and Yutzie went back-to-back with kills to give the Raiders the victory.

The second set was all SOU as it hit .432 and held the Cavs to a .097 attack percentage to cruise the victory.

SOU's victory in the third set featured an 8-3 run that turned a 15-14 lead into a 23-17 advantage, and the Raiders easily wrapped up the match.

Porter finished with nine kills and no errors for SOU, while Sarah Holgen had eight kills and one error, and Leah Bergstrom finished with six kills. Maggie Rivers had a match-high 18 digs for the Raiders.

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