Top-ranked Raiders open home season
The top-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team will open the home portion of the 2009-10 season Friday and Saturday with the Southern Oregon Open at McNeal Pavilion.
The wrestling will start Friday at 2 p.m. with pool wrestling going until about 6 p.m. Bracket wrestling will start at 9 a.m. Saturday with championship and third- and fourth-place matches set for noon, and awards to be handed out at 2 p.m.
Southern Oregon and NCAA Division I Oregon State will be the featured four-year teams at the tournament. Pacific University and some highly ranked junior colleges from the Pacific Northwest and California are also scheduled to attend.
The Raiders are coming off an impressive opening weekend at Pacific's Mike Clock Open. SOU claimed individual titles by Jared Dalgliesh (125) and Tommie Hooper (157), and Justin Mills (149) also qualified for the NAIA National Championships.
Southern Oregon looks to have some of its ranked wrestlers back into action this weekend.
After this weekend, the Raiders are off until the first week of December, when they travel to Montana to take on NAIA powers Montana State Northern and Great Falls.
The Southern Oregon volleyball team will hit the road this weekend in search of the Cascade Conference Tournament crown in Caldwell, Idaho.
After finishing tied with College of Idaho for the conference regular season championship, the Raiders lost out on the fourth tiebreaker (sets won) and will have to travel for the conference tournament.
Southern Oregon (23-2, 17-1) takes on Eastern Oregon (15-8, 13-5) in the first semifinal at 4 p.m. (MST) Friday and College of Idaho (22-2, 17-1) hosts Concordia (16-9, 13-5) in the second semifinal at 7 p.m. (MST). The finals are set for 3 p.m. (MST) on Saturday.
Southern Oregon defeated Eastern Oregon both times during conference play and each time in four sets.
A victory could set up another titanic battle between SOU and C of I, the two best teams in the conference and two of the top teams in the nation.
Southern Oregon, despite winning 14 in a row and not dropping a set in the last seven victories, dropped to 13th from 12th in this week's final Top 25 poll. The Coyotes remained at No. 8.
Both teams won on their respective home courts during the regular-season matchups and SOU was up 2-0 and serving for the match in Caldwell, Idaho, before the Coyotes staged an impressive comeback.
Both teams should be almost locks for the NAIA National Tournament and are now playing for high seeds. If teams are seeded in the top 11, they will advance straight to the national tournament in Iowa, Dec. 1-5.
If they are outside the top 11, they will have to play a national tournament opening-round match on Nov. 21. SOU has placed a bid to host the opening-round match if they are not in the top 11.
The seeds and national tournament field will be announced Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.