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Raiders to honor first VB coach

Southern Oregon University will honor the first volleyball coach in school history during Saturday night's home match against Warner Pacific.

Joanne Widness, who retired in 1988 after 18 years at the helm, will be honored during a break in the action between games — and 2.

Widness guided the team to a 358-275 record, six conference or regional championships and eight 20-win seasons. Her '71 team claimed the Northwest small college championship &

the school's first women's team title in any sport. In '77, SOU beat three NCAA Div. I teams, won 17 straight matches and placed seventh at the AIAW national tournament.

Several former players will be on hand for the celebration, which has been dubbed "Jo Widness Night" by the SOU public relations department.


The SOU women's tennis team will host a free kids tennis clinic and carnival from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the SOU tennis courts.

Boys and girls in grades first through sixth may attend. Players must wear tennis shoes and active wear and bring tennis rackets. Extra rackets will be on hand.

For more information, contact Gail Patton at 552-6563.


Southern Oregon University continued its mastery of Cascade College with a 30-17, 30-22, 30-13 Cascade Conference victory at McNeal Pavilion Friday night.

The Raiders (12-5, 9-2 CC) notched their fourth straight home triumph and improved to 19-0 all-time against the last-place Thunderbirds (1-15, 0-11) with a mix-and-match lineup.

Junior hitters Jaclyn Hamilton-Smith, Richelle Millsap and Shanna Claflin each tallied 10 kills for SOU, while sophomore libero Emily Stone amassed 20 digs and reserve setter Elyse Stoller added 28 assists in the first two games.

"We did a great job of maintaining intensity while playing some different lineups than we're used to," said Raider coach Paul Elliott, who won his 375th career match. "Elyse played a great match, and Emily was everywhere on defense."

SOU never trailed in Game — while using a starting lineup containing four reserves, notching 16 kills in 45 attempts.