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Raiders win in volleyball

NAMPA, Idaho -- The Southern Oregon University volleyball team asserteditself as a force to be reckoned with in the Cascade Conference on Saturday.

The Raiders downed 10th-ranked Northwest Nazarene College 15-10, 15-8,15-11, snapping a 10-match losing streak to the defending Cascade Conferencechampions.

The victory improves the Raiders to 3-0 in league and 14-2 overall.

It's nice to beat NNC because we haven't done it in a while,said SOU coach Paul Elliott. More importantly, we got our third CascadeConference win, and with the talent in this league as a whole, we will needevery single one.

Southern Oregon was spurred by a 9-0 lead in the first game. In the secondgame, the Raiders led 9-4 before ripping off five straight points to endthe game.

Trailing 10-5 in Game 3, Southern Oregon went on an 8-0 run and closedout the match with an ace from sophomore setter Erin Lytle. Lytle, an AshlandHigh graduate, finished the match with three aces and 43 assists.

We showed some real ability in this match, said Elliott.We took over the first game, came back in the second and withstoodmomentum in the third.

Junior outside hitter Misti-Kae Filley led the Raiders with 13 kills.

Sherry Short and Susan Rodinsky had 11 kills each.

Southern Oregon returns to action today at 10 a.m. when it takes on 24th-rankedAlbertson College in Caldwell, Idaho.

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