Wortel leads Southern Oregon to split

Senior middle blocker Mia Wortel helped the 12th-ranked Southern Oregon University volleyball team to a split on Day 2 of Concordia-Irvine's Crowne Plaza Labor Day Volleyball Festival on Saturday.

In the morning, SOU defeated Hope International 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 and then the Raiders fell to fourth-ranked Biola 25-13, 25-8, 25-14.

The Raiders wrapped up the preseason 2-5, with all five setbacks coming to ranked teams. SOU opens Cascade Conference play Friday with preseason conference favorite College of Idaho at McNeal Pavilion.

In the win over Hope International, Wortel led the Raiders with nine kills and just one error for an attack percentage of .471. Wortel also had a hand in five blocks. Samantha Yutzie finished with eight kills and Sarah Holgen had seven. Junior setter Lindsey Stone had 30 assists for SOU.

Yutzie helped finish off Hope in the first set with a pair of late kills to break open a 19-19 tie. The second set featured an 8-3 SOU run and the Raiders held Hope to a minus-.111 attack percentage. In the last set, Wortel gave SOU a 22-21 advantage with a kill and then errors by Hope gave the Raiders the victory.

In Saturday's finale, Holgen led SOU with five kills, while Yutzie and freshman Megan Bartling finished with four kills each.

Women's Soccer

WESTMONT 3, SOUTHERN OREGON 0 — At Irvine, Calif., the 13th-ranked Westmont women's soccer team improved to 2-1 on the young season while Southern Oregon fell to 0-3 heading into today's game against 22nd-ranked Concordia-Irvine.

Westmont's Amy Lawson had a part in all three of her squad's goals.

Jameisha Washington put Westmont on the board in the first half off an assist by Lawson. The score remained 1-0 as the Raiders hung tough until the second half.

At the 54-minute mark, Shanae Coker was the recipient of a Lawson assist to push the lead to 2-0 and then Lawson scored on her own in the 69th minute to wrap up the scoring.

In the defensive match, Westmont held a 6-3 advantage over the Raiders in shots.

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