Raiders battle back to beat Warner Pacific

PORTLAND — Southern Oregon battled back from a two-set deficit to defeat Warner Pacific 20-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-12 in a Cascade Collegiate Conference volleyball thriller Friday night at C.C. Perry Gym.

Warner Pacific won the first two sets against Southern Oregon for only the second time in series history. The Knights previously took a 2-0 set advantage in a 2006 match in Portland, with the Raiders claiming the next three sets to earn the match victory. The Raiders repeated the feat Friday night to earn their 32nd consecutive win over Warner Pacific.


RECAP: Southern Oregon overcomes a two-sets-to-none deficit to pick up its 32nd consecutive victory over Warner Pacific.

up next: Southern Oregon at Concordia, 7 p.m. tonight.

Southern Oregon improved to 6-6 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while Warner Pacific fell to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the CCC. The Raiders return to action tonight against Concordia in a conference match at 7 p.m. at Cavalier Gymnasium.

Haley Kasler tallied a career-high 19 kills and Mona Goudarzian added 11 for the Raiders. Nikki Keller posted eight kills and reached double figures with 10 block assists, Renee Yomtob finished with 27 digs and Caryn Westrick and Angela Spieker combined for 48 assists.

Devan Belshe led the Knights with 16 kills and Rylie Engelson added 14.

The climactic set included nine ties and four lead changes, bringing the match total to 31 ties and 17 lead changes. The teams exchanged points for the first 10 plays before SOU took the first two-point lead of the set. The Knights snagged a 12-11 advantage before SOU responded with key kills from Keller and Goudarzian to close out the match and keep its longest winning streak alive.

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