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  • Avila, SOU men win LC Invitational

  • ESTACADA — Eric Avila cleared the field by 30 seconds and the second-ranked Southern Oregon University men's cross country team cruised to a team win at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Saturday morning at McIver State Park.
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  • ESTACADA — Eric Avila cleared the field by 30 seconds and the second-ranked Southern Oregon University men's cross country team cruised to a team win at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Saturday morning at McIver State Park.
    The Raider men put five runners in the top 10 of the men's meet, which featured 13 teams and 138 total entrants. The 23rd-ranked SOU women got a third-place showing out of Summer Cano and were fourth of 12 teams.
    Avila, who was the NAIA runner of the week after his only previous race of the season at Stanford, completed the 8,000-meter course in 24 minutes, 36 seconds. Eric Ghelfi was fifth in 25:51, Zach Boyd-Helm sixth (25:25), Kevin Jorgensen eighth (25:29) and Eagle Point's Tyler VanDyke 10th (25:37) in his first meet of the year.
    The average time of SOU's top five was 25:17 — more than 20 seconds better than second-place Carleton and a minute better than third-place Concordia, a Cascade Conference foe.
    Cano came in at 22:27 in the women's 6,000-meter race, just 12 seconds behind champion Christina Williams of Whitworth. Alexandra Rudd placed eighth in 22:50 and Rebecca Lupescu was 25th in 23:35 to highlight the rest of the Raider effort.
    Whitworth won the women's race ahead of Lewis & Clark and Linfield.
    MEN'S TEAM SCORES — Southern Oregon 28, Carleton 56, Concordia 121, Whitman 131, Puget Sound 147, Whitworth 176, Linfield 189, Lewis & Clark 218, Mt. Hood C.C. 261, Pacific Lutheran 262, Corban 268, Evergreen 331, Pacific 363.
    WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES — Whitworth 80, Lewis & Clark 86, Linfield 107, Southern Oregon 119, Puget Sound 120, Corban 137, Northwest U. 156, Whitman 169, Concordia 176, Pacific Lutheran 269, Pacific 313, Mt. Hood C.C. 339.
    Volleyball
    SOU 3, CORBAN 0 — At Ashland, Paulla Pinheiro found yet another way to spark the Southern Oregon volleyball team in its sweep of the Corban Warriors, with the do-it-all junior hitter one service ace shy of tying a school record as she stumped the Warrior receivers eight times in the Raiders' 25-11, 25-17, 25-15 Cascade Conference win.
    Pinheiro, who is second on the team in kills and digs, set the tone for the night in the first set by serving SOU (12-7, 9-3 CCC) to a 13-0 lead, a run in which she had five of her aces to help the Raiders put away the frame in 15 minutes. Pinheiro also contributed 13 digs.
    Corban (5-17, 2-11) has lost to SOU 22 times in a row. The Warriors claimed the first three points of the third set for their only lead of the night.
    SOU's attack was also sharp again, led by Mona Goudarzian's 13 kills on a .417 attacking average. Liz Madden posted nine kills, Emma Gasman seven and setter Lauren McGowne had 24 assists and eight digs.
    The Raiders, helped by Renee Yomtob's match-high 18 digs, conceded only two service aces for the second straight night. Nikki Keller helped the defense by assisting five blocks.
    Michelle Cheshire's SOU record of nine service aces, set in 1997, still stands.
    Women's Soccer
    SOU 4, WARNER PACIFIC 0 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon led for all but two minutes to cruise by last-place Warner Pacific for a Cascade Conference win at University Field.
    The Raiders (8-3-3, 4-1-1 CCC) got all they needed before anybody broke a sweat on a breakaway as Chloe Welch found Sydney Paulsen, who hit Julie Zamzow for a goal from point-blank range in the third minute. Two minutes later, Paulsen assisted Presley Lambert's left-to-right goal from 15 yards out.
    Lisa Elledge and Megan McArthur both tallied within a couple minutes of each other in the second half.
    Elledge had an uncontested shot during the 73rd minute in front of the goal after a diving effort got Knights keeper Allie Holterman out of the way on Serena DeChristofaro's shot. In the 75th minute, DeChristofaro assisted McArthur on an 18-yarder from straight on.
    The shutout was the seventh for the Raiders and freshman keeper Kylie Moltzen, breaking the previous SOU single-season record of 6.5 set by Emily Schifferling in 2001. Moltzen had five saves.
    The Raiders improved to 6-1-2 over their last eight matches.
    The Knights, who are winless in CCC play since 2011, dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in conference.
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