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Southern Oregon snags marquee wins

FRESNO, Calif. — Thanks to an upset of 20th-ranked Biola, the Southern Oregon volleyball team went 4-0 during this weekend's Fresno Pacific Sunbird Invitational.

The Raiders knocked off Biola, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 25-17, to open Saturday and then turned around to defeat Menlo, 24-26, 25-16, 26-24, 25-22, to wrap up the tournament unbeaten.

Southern Oregon is now 6-1 in preseason play and opens Cascade Conference play Friday at home against Warner Pacific.

In the opener, juniors Chelsea Hartman and Leah Bergstrom led the Raiders offensively and Megan Bartling led the team defensively.

Hartman had 15 kills and Bergstrom finished with 13 kills, while Bartling had a part in 12 blocks. Becky Johnstone finished with a match-high 15 digs for the Raiders.

Biola finished last year ranked second in the final NAIA Top 25 poll.

Hartman and Bergstrom also led the Raiders in the victory over Menlo.

After dropping the first set, the Raiders came back and hit an amazing .652 to win the second set and take control of the match.

Hartman finished with a career-high 25 kills and only two errors.

Bergstrom had 17 kills and two errors. Freshman setter Caryn Westrick and redshirt freshman setter Angela Spieker both had 29 assists.