SALEM — Picking on the Corban Warriors is nothing new to most of the Southern Oregon University volleyball team, and Paulla Pinheiro took to the task quite naturally in her first crack at it Friday night.
Pinheiro continued her ascent to standout status with a match-high 13 kills and the Raiders got the best of the Warriors for the 20th straight meeting with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 win in both teams' Cascade Conference opener at the C.E. Jeffers Center.
SOU (4-4 overall) got a double-digit kill total out of Pinheiro for the third straight match while running its winning streak to four. The junior outside hitter attacked at a .407 clip.
Senior middle Liz Madden also kept up her solid play with nine kills while getting in on four blocks. Mona Goudarzian added five kills and Sam Boehnke had four to go with three blocks. Lindsay Verboort totaled a match-high 22 assists as she and Lauren McGowne combined for 41.
The Raiders trailed only briefly in the second set before grabbing 11 of 14 points to take a 20-14 lead. Brookelyn Cole served up a pair of aces while helping the Raiders take a 6-0 lead in the third set, and the Warriors came back to get within 20-18 before conceding four of SOU's last five points on unforced errors.
SOU senior libero Renee Yomtob garnered 15 digs and Cole had 10. The Raiders' solid passing led to a fourth straight efficient attacking effort (.295).
Olivia Shropshire had 13 kills to pace Corban (2-7 overall), which was limited to a .158 team attacking average.
The Raiders will look for their 14th straight win in the all-time series against Northwest Christian today in Eugene. The Beacons were 5-2 entering their CCC opener against Oregon Tech.