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Four Raiders, Rohlfing earn CCC honors

Four Southern Oregon volleyball players and head coach Josh Rohlfing have earned Cascade Conference honors.

Rohlfing was named Cascade Conference Co-Coach of the Year along with College of Idaho's Liz Mendiola.

Leah Bergstrom, Heather Porter and Leanne Stennett earned All-Cascade Conference honors. Junior Chelsea Hartman was named Newcomer of the Year and earned Honorable Mention All-Conference.

Rohlfing helped lead the Raiders to a 24-3 overall record and a 17-1 conference record, as the Raiders shared the regular-season conference crown with College of Idaho.

Bergstrom emerged as SOU's most consistent player, finishing fourth in the conference in attack percentage (.292), seventh in kills (2.83 per set) and eighth in total blocks (71).

Porter led the Cascade Conference in attack percentage (.353) and finished third in the conference in total blocks with 106.

Stennett was a star for the Raiders on both offense and defense. The junior averaged 1.96 kills per set and also 2.51 digs per set.

Hartman, a transfer from Linn-Benton Community College, finished fourth in the conference in kills at 2.99 per set and fifth in attack percentage at .277.

Women's Basketball

Southern Oregon's Jacki Speer has been named the Cascade Conference Player of the Week.

Speer earned the honor after a monster game on Saturday, leading the 18th-ranked Raiders (4-0) past 26th-ranked Holy Names 82-79 in overtime.

The senior came away with her fourth double-double on the season, scoring 22 points, grabbing a school-record 28 rebounds, and recording three blocks and two steals.

Speer also moved up to second on the SOU's career rebound list.

SOU travels to Great Falls, Mont., this weekend to take on host Great Falls and Montana State-Northern.

In addition, Southern Oregon head women's basketball coach Lynn Kennedy has signed his first recruit for the 2010-11 season.

Kennedy announced Monday that Nicole Mowbray has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Raiders after her senior year at Oak Harbor (Wash.) High School.

Mowbray, a 5-foot-10 forward, averaged 10 points and seven rebounds last year as a junior and also carries a 3.5 grade point average.

"Nicole is an unbelievable student-athlete who plays with a lot of energy and passion," Kennedy said. "She has the ability to finish in the post, get by a defender on drives and can step outside and shoot.

"On the defensive end, Nicole has all the skills to be a lock-down defender. We are very excited about Nicole's future as a Raider."

Mowbray led Oak Harbor to a 15-9 record last year and a fourth-place finish in the Class 4A District 1 playoffs.

Southern Oregon will graduate five seniors following the 2009-10 season.