LA GRANDE — Southern Oregon's Stephanie Carr was named the program's first Cascade Collegiate Conference offensive player of the year and teammate Alyssa Bricker joined her on the all-conference first team, the CCC announced Monday.
Six Raiders earned all-conference recognition, the conference announced Monday.
Carr scored 13 goals during her senior campaign to tie for the conference lead and finished second in the league with six game-winning goals.
She finished her SOU career with 36 goals to set the program record, and she also set career records in game-winning goals (14), points (77) and shots (212).
Carr receives first-team all-conference recognition for the third consecutive year.
Bricker joins Carr on the all-conference first team after startling all 18 matches during her junior season and helping anchor an SOU defense that allowed 1.16 goals per contest. This is her first season earning all-conference recognition and she leads a group of three SOU juniors who were honored.
Seniors Krista Bormann and Stacy Hamer and junior Sydney Paulsen were named to the second team, while junior Sara Dutra received honorable mention.
Hamer and Paulsen tied for third on the team with four goals each while appearing in all 18 matches for the Raiders. Paulsen also had a team-high four assists, while Hamer tallied one assist.
Bormann started all 18 contests and finished with one assist. Dutra started 17 matches and joined Bricker in the defensive back field as the Raiders tallied six shutouts.
Southern Oregon had a 9-6-3 record and advanced to the conference semifinals,
SOU 97, PACIFIC UNION 25 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon scored the first 13 points and never looked back in nonconference play at Bob Riehm Arena.
Southern Oregon improves to 3-0 with the win, while Pacific Union drops its first game of the 2012-13 season.
The Raiders shot 55.2 percent (33 of 67) while limiting Pacific Union to 17-percent shooting (9 of 53), and SOU outrebounded the visitors, 61-23.
Freshman Carly Meister led the Raiders with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds in only 24 minutes. Angelica Cahee added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Melissa Sweat finished with 11 points and Allison Gida 10. Alejandra Gallardo led Pacific Union with 14 points, playing all 40 minutes.
RAIDERS HONORED — Three Southern Oregon players received Cascade Collegiate Conference all-star recognition, with Haley Kasler and Renee Yomtob garnering first-team honors.
The senior Kasler, a Hidden Valley High alum, led SOU and tied for seventh in the conference in kills, averaging 3.07 per set. She was named conference hitter of the week in September and earned all-CCC recognition for the first time in her career.
Yomtob also earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career after ranking third in the CCC with an average of 5.8 digs per set during the 18-match league season. The junior was named CCC libero of the week three times. Her 615 digs this season were the second-highest total in SOU history, four behind Kristen Lilly's program record of 619 set in 2004.
Sophomore Nikki Keller received honorable mention after leading the conference with a .352 attack percentage in league play. Her 88 blocks (an average of 1.26 per set) were also a CCC-best mark.
IT'S ROBINSON AGAIN — Southern Oregon linebacker Kalii Robinson earned his third Frontier Conference player of the week honor after leading the SOU defense in the Raiders' 46-28 upset of No. 7 Montana Tech Saturday.
Robinson finished the game with five solo and seven assisted tackles to go with one pass deflection as the SOU defense held the usually potent Tech offense scoreless until the third quarter.
Southern Oregon built a 46-7 lead before the Orediggers scored three touchdowns in the final quarter. Robinson has claimed defensive player honors in three of the past four weeks.
SOU climbed to No. 10 in the final NAIA poll and will play at No. 8 St. Ambrose Saturday at 11 a.m. (PST) in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series.