Raiders take down Eagles in four games
ASHLAND — The 18th-ranked Southern Oregon volleyball team defeated Northwest University, 25-12, 25-19, 22-25, 25-14, Friday at McNeal Pavilion.
Southern Oregon improved to 10-2 on the year and 4-1 in Cascade Conference play. Northwest fell to 4-9 overall and 3-1 in league. The Raiders host Evergreen State tonight.
Leah Bergstrom led SOU with 12 kills. Heather Porter and Chelsea Hartman finished with nine kills each, and Megan Bartling and Leanne Stennett both had eight kills.
Bartling had zero errors for the night and finished with three blocks, while Porter had a hand in eight blocks.
The Raiders wasted little time in the first set, racing out to leads of 17-7 and 23-8, while holding the Eagles to a minus-.125 attack percentage. In the second set, SOU hit .250 to secure the victory, but the Eagles rallied in the third set, taking advantage of 10 SOU errors to force a fourth set.
In the fourth set, SOU again jumped out early with back-to-back kills by Bartling and Bergstrom for a 6-2 lead.
Hartman had a pair of kills as the Raiders pushed the lead to 16-9. Corynn Jorgensen then served for eight straight points to extend the Raider advantage to 24-13 and Stennett ended the match with a kill.
Jorgensen, in her first game this year as the starting libero, had a match-high 28 digs, and Angela Spieker finished with 30 assists.
SIMPSON 2, SOUTHERN OREGON 1 — At Ashland, Melissa Melloni's goal two minutes into overtime gave Simpson a victory at University Field.
Simpson snapped a four-match losing streak with the victory and Southern Oregon fell to 1-5-1 on the season. SOU travels to Western Oregon Sunday.
SOU jumped on the board at the 30-minute mark of the first half as junior Auika Muragin picked up a loose ball in front of the net and scored from 7 yards out.
Courtney Opie tied the match at 1-1 six minutes later with an unassisted goal and the score stayed that way until overtime.