SOU's volleyball season ends with loss in NAIA regional tournament
SPOKANE, Wash. — After seeing its 21-match win streak come to an end a day earlier, the No. 10-ranked Southern Oregon University volleyball team had its season come to a close Friday morning with a 30-21, 30-28, 30-21 loss to the University of Great Falls (Mont.) on the second day of the NAIA Region I Volleyball Tournament.
The Raiders finished the year 27-5 and lost in regional pool play for the second straight season.
SOU, coming off a 1-1 record on the tournament's opening day Friday, also lost back-to-back matches for the first time since last season's regional tournament.
Jaclyn Hamilton-Smith paced the Raiders with eight kills. Cascade Conference player of the year Lindsey Stone had 32 assists and 10 digs. Junior libero Emily Stone managed a team-high 18 digs.
SOU went 1-2 in the regional tournament, defeating Oregon Tech in five games on the opening day of the tournament Thursday before falling to Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).
Great Falls was led Brittany Prater's 14 kills and Cali Buck's nine. Jocelyn Judd added 17 assists, and Samantha Bull had six blocks to help the Lady Argos clinch the top seed out of Pool B. Great Falls then lost a five-game match to Westminster College in the semifinals.
Westmister will meet the Pool A semifinal winner, either College of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), in the championship match today at 2 p.m. The winner earns an automatic berth in the NAIA National Championship Tournament.
SOU 48, SIMON FRASER 0 — At Ashland, NAIA All-American Trevor Lofstedt wasted little time in giving Southern Oregon University the initial lead with a pin, and it was all Raiders after that in a 48-0 triumph over Simon Fraser at McNeal Pavilion.
Lofstedt pinned Ivan Tuura in the third round.
Consecutive wins by Brian Jacob, Joey Jannsen and Bo Icalia, all by convincing scores, helped give eighth-ranked SOU an insurmountable advantage.
Former North Medford standout Jimmy Ulrey also contributed with a 9-0 win over David Krawczyk at 165 pounds.
Other SOU winners included Chase Locke and Skylar Massey.
SOU and Simon Fraser will participate in the annual Best of the West Tournament today at the Jackson County Expo.
The event, featuring more than 800 wrestlers, begins at 9 a.m. and continues all day.