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Raiders lose Jacobsen for remainder of season

ASHLAND-- Southern Oregon middle blocker Kacee Jacobsen, a sophomore from Eagle Point High, suffered season-ending knee injuries Wednesday in the Raiders' volleyball victory over Oregon Tech.

Jacobsen collided with a net post on an attack attempt in the third game, tearing three ligaments in her right knee.

She had converted nine of 17 kill attempts at the time.

Jacobsen ranked 13th in the Cascade Conference in kills with 2.80 per game.

Southern Oregon, ranked seventh in the nation, went on to win the match, 15-5, 7-15, 9-15, 15-3, 15-10.

It was the Raiders' ninth straight win this year and their ninth straight at home dating to last season.

SOU is 5-0 in the conference and 14-2 overall. Oregon Tech lost its fifth straight five-game match and fell to 7-8 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

After falling behind 2-1 in games, sophomore defensive specialist Sabrina Garboden served four of her season-high five aces during a 13-2 Raider run in Game 4.

In Game 5, the Raiders got off to a 5-0 start, but OIT closed to within 11-10. SOU's Beth Stidham had two of her match-high eight blocks in the waning moments, including the game-winner.

Senior outside hitter Monica Fisher, this week's Cascade Conference player of the week, had 19 kills and six blocks. Sophomore Shelley Gorin had 15 kills, and senior setter Erin Lytle had 57 assists.

SOU ends an eight-match homestand at 7 tonight against Eastern Oregon.