Southern Oregon escapes with win

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Northwest University made a short-handed Southern Oregon volleyball team work Friday, but Paulla Pinheiro put down 19 kills to make sure the Raiders escaped with a four-set Cascade Conference win.

Playing without injured middles Emma Gasman and Sam Boehnke, Pinheiro picked up the slack by attacking at a .357 clip and Mona Goudarzian piled up 13 kills and 17 digs in the 25-23, 25-13, 21-25, 25-13 decision.

The Raiders (14-7, 10-3 CCC) have won six straight overall and 21 in a row against Northwest (7-16, 3-10).

SOU had to hold off the Eagles in the first set when they tied the score at 21-all with six straight points, but three NU errors and Pinheiro's kill put the Raiders in the driver's seat for good. After the Raiders' third-set loss, they took 21 of the first 28 points in the fourth.

Nikki Keller led SOU in the middle with nine kills on 18 swings. She and Abbie Hanser both assisted five blocks to help limit NU to .068 hitting. Gasman, the most efficient hitter in the league, was injured in practice before the Raiders departed for Washington on Thursday and Boehnke went down a week earlier.

Cross Country

BEAVER CLASSIC — At Corvallis, Eric Avila won his second straight race for second-ranked Southern Oregon.

Avila, a junior from Chula Vista, Calif., clocked his best time of the season by hitting the finish line of the 8,000-meter race in 24 minutes, 15 seconds. His performance came on the heels of a 30-second win last week at the Lewis & Clark Invitational.

The Raider men finished second as a team to University of Portland's B squad, 38-34. Northwest Christian won the women's race and 22nd-ranked SOU was fourth.

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