ASHLAND — The 16th-ranked Southern Oregon volleyball extended its winning streak to nine matches and 21 consecutive sets by sweeping Northwest Christian, 26-24, 25-19, 25-22, Saturday at Bob Riehm Arena.
With the win, Southern Oregon improves to 15-4 overall and 12-2 in conference play. Northwest Christian falls to 11-13 overall and 5-10 in the CCC.
Southern Oregon took an early 5-2 lead in the opening set, but Northwest Christian tied it up at 6-6 on an SOU service ace and the Beacons led by as many as three points at 20-17 and 21-18. The Raiders scored a pair on kills by Liz Madden and Natalie Scheller to make it 21-20, and after a NCU point, SOU scored two more to tie it up at 22. Southern Oregon eventually took a 25-24 lead on a kill by Sarah Holgen and took the set thanks to a NCU attack error.
The Raiders used a 10-1 run to pull away in the second set, turning a 7-6 advantage into a 17-7 lead. Northwest Christian responded with a 12-6 run to pull within four at 23-19 on Lindsey Young's kill, but back-to-back Holgen kills closed out the set at 25-19, giving the Raiders the 2-0 match advantage.
The third set looked like it might be a blowout early, as SOU built an 8-2 lead. But Northwest Christian battled back to within one point at 13-12 and again at 14-13. Southern Oregon scored the next four points to cushion the lead, but a 9-6 NCU run pulled the Beacons to within two at 24-22 before Megan Bartling ended the match with a set-clinching kill for the Raiders.
Holgen led the way for the Raiders with 15 kills on a .379 attack percentage. Madden added 11 kills and a .444 percentage, and Bartling finished with 10 kills and an even .500 hitting mark. Caryn Westrick led SOU with 26 assists, with Angela Spieker adding 17 in the win. Becky Johnstone posted 12 digs and Renee Yomtob totaled 11.
SOU 3, COLLEGE OF IDAHO 0 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon scored three second-half goals to earn a 3-0 Cascade Collegiate Conference women's soccer victory over College of Idaho Saturday afternoon at University Field.
SOU improved to 9-5-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play. College of Idaho fell to 4-8-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the CCC. Both teams return to action on Monday, when the Raiders will host Eastern Oregon at 2 p.m. and College of Idaho will visit Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls.
The Raiders out-shot the Coyotes 23-2, including 9-1 in a first-half that saw several scoring opportunities, including a ball that went off the post late in the period. Stephanie Carr finally broke through for SOU in the 52nd minute, taking a pass off a header from Stacey Hamer on the left side of the goal and knocking it in from about five yards out.
Kennedy Roteman gave SOU a pair of insurance scores in a 70-second stretch, scoring her first goal on a penalty kick in the 64th. She added her second goal in the 66th minute, taking a pass from Denise Powell on the right side and putting it into the net from close range to put SOU up 3-0.
Jessica Kuehlwein and Kelsey Clement split the shutout for the Raiders, with Kuehlwein playing the first 80:27 in goal and Clement coming in for the final 10 minutes.
RAIDERS RUN WELL — At Corvallis, the Southern Oregon men's and women's cross country programs each posted the highest team finish of all non-NCAA Division I programs at Saturday's Oregon State Beaver Classic.
On the men's side, the fourth-ranked Raiders placed two squads in the top four. With the University of Oregon scoring 37 points to earn the team title, the Raiders' squad of James Johnstone, Ryan Sorenson, Matt Battaglia, Josh Elliott and Scott McIntyre totaled 47 points to place second in the 8-kilometer race. Johnstone led the way with a seventh-place finish (25:05), followed by Sorenson (eighth, 25:08), Battaglia (16th, 25:40), Elliott (17th, 25:43) and McIntyre (20th, 25:46).
The other SOU men's unit finished fourth with a composite total of 122 points, with University of Portland placing third with 50 points. Eric Avila led that group with a 12th-place finish in 25:15, followed by Hector Aleman (30th, 26:25), Jared Hixon (36th, 26:33), Taylor West (37th, 26:34) and Trevor Lynn (42nd, 26:42).
The women, tied for 19th in the latest poll, finished fourth with 112 points behind University of Portland (35), Seattle University (70) and Oregon State (94). Seena Frantz led the way with a fifth-place finish in 22:23, followed by Alexandra Rudd (19th, 23:08), Anne Hagy (30th, 23:49), Kattarina Korpela (35th, 24:14) and Lindsey Harris (48th, 24:58).
Southern Oregon will return to action in two weeks, when the Raiders host the Cascade Collegiate Conference Cross Country Championship meet Nov. 5 at Oak Knoll Golf Course.