Wortel reaches plateau in SOU sweep

Senior middle blocker Mia Wortel became the seventh Southern Oregon volleyball player to go over 1,000 kills in a career Saturday as the Raiders knocked off Northwest Christian 25-20, 25-10, 25-14 in Eugene.

The Raiders have now won six straight matches and improved to 9-7 overall and 7-1 in Cascade Conference play. The Raiders still have not dropped a set during that winning streak. Northwest Christian fell to 5-10 overall and 0-8 in conference play.

Wortel, who needed seven kills to reach 1,000, went for a match-high 13 kills with no errors for a .591 attack percentage. Sophomore Samantha Yutzie had eight kills for the Raiders, junior setter Lindsey Stone had a match-high 34 assists and seven digs and Maggie Rivers finished with 12 digs. Becky Johnstone added 11 digs.

Heather Porter came through with a kill to give SOU an 18-12 lead in the first set and it looked like the Raiders would cruise from the opening whistle. But Northwest Christian went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to one. Sophomore Sarah Holgen ended the run with a kill and a pair of errors by the Beacons gave SOU a 23-19 lead, and they would then put away the first set.

The second set was all SOU, as an 8-1 lead quickly became a 20-9 Raider advantage and then a 25-10 victory.

Northwest Christian led 12-11 in the third set before SOU went on a 10-0 run to erase all of the Beacons' momentum. Wortel had five kills during that stretch.

The Raiders travel to Warner Pacific (Friday) and Cascade College (Saturday) next weekend.

Share This Story