Raiders ousted from Region I tourney
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Sixth-seeded University of Great Falls swept through pool play with a convincing 30-21, 30-28, 30-21 win over 10th-ranked and second-seeded Southern Oregon University on the second day of the NAIA Region I volleyball tournament on Friday.
The win clinches the No. — seed out of Pool B for the Lady Argos, who will face Westminster College in a semifinal match Saturday.
Great Falls was led by Brittany Prater's 14 kills while Cali Buck added nine. Jocelyn Judd and Bri Goudey, the two setters for the Argos, had 18 and 17 assists, respectively. Samantha Bull handled the Raider attacks at the net by collecting six blocks for UGF.
Jaclyn Hamilton-Smith had eight kills to pace Southern Oregon (27-5), while Shanna Claflin added seven. Lindsey Stone tallied 32 assists and 10 digs in the loss.
The upset finished Southern Oregon's season in the regional pool play round for the second year in a row. It also marked the first time this season that the Raiders suffered back-to-back losses.
The other semifinal will pit top-seeded The College of Idaho against Lewis-Clark State College. The Regional final will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. The winner will receive an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship Tournament, Nov. 28 to Dec. — in Columbia, Mo.
Tournament statistics and game-by-game statistics can be found on the tourney's web: /websync/Pages/Tournament/TournamentPage.aspx?association=10sg=WVBtour=68
NAIA All American Trevor Lofstedt wasted little time giving Southern Oregon the initial lead over Simon Fraser and it held up for an easy 48-0 Raider win over the visitors from Vancouver, Canada.
Lofstedt pinned his opponent, Ivan Tuura, in the third round and the Raiders were off and running. Consecutive wins by Brian Jacob, Joey Jannsen, Bo Icalia, all by convincing scores, extended the lead and further legitimized the Raiders' No. 8 national ranking.
SOU head coach Mike Ritchey pointed out that Jimmy Ulrey wrestled exceptionally well in a 9-0 win over nationally ranked David Krawczyk at 165 pounds.
"Ulrey did an excellent job as did most of our team," Ritchey said. "There is still things to work on as we move through the season but so far we're doing about as well as I had hoped before the season began."
Other SOU winners included Chase Locke and heavyweight Skylar Massey, who pinned Jag Bhullar in the second round.
SOU and Simon Fraser will both participate in the annual Best of the West Tournament on Saturday at the Jackson County Expo.
Wrestling begins at 9 a.m. and continues most of the day. More than 600 wrestlers are expected to participate in the largest event of its kind in the region.
Results from the Best of the West should be available late Saturday night at sousports.com.
Sports editor Joe Zavala can be reached at 482-3456 x 224 or joe.