Bergstrom, Porter gain mention in A-A voting
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon volleyball players Leah Bergstrom and Heather Porter received honorable mention in Tachikara-NAIA All-American voting.
Bergstrom and Porter are coming off seasons in which they emerged as elite players in the Cascade Conference, with both earning Cascade Conference first-team honors.
Bergstrom was 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.
The Raiders went 24-4, won the Cascade Conference regular-season title and advanced to the national tournament.
EGGEMEYER WINS — Southern Oregon's Jimmy Eggemeyer won the 149-pound division Saturday at the Battle of the Rockies tournament at Great Falls, Mont.
The fourth-ranked Raiders earned one title and three third-place finishes.
Eggemeyer started off with a pin of Dillion Lenius, then used victories over Northwest College's Bobby Robins and Great Falls' Kaden Piva to advance to the championship match. There, he defeated Montana State-Northern's Cody Miller 4-2.
Mitchell Lofstedt (125), Bryan Jacob (133) and Austin Vanderford (174) were third.
Lofstedt, ranked No. 1 at 125, tore through the consolation bracket after dropping his opening round. The sophomore scored three straight pins to get the consolation semifinals. In the semis, he won an 11-1 major decision over Sean Blumhardt, then pinned Northwest College's Phillip Grout in 3:51 to walk away with third place.
Jacob pinned Jesse Knot in 1:28 to win his third-place match, and Vaderford had a 13-4 major decision over Anthony Clay to win his third-place match.
RAIDERS NO. 11 — Off to a 9-1 start, Southern Oregon moved up a spot in this week's NAIA Top 25 poll.
The Raiders jumped from 12th to 11th despite suffering their first setback last weekend.
Southern Oregon opened the season with a program-best nine straight wins before losing a conference home game to Warner Pacific Saturday.
The No. 11 ranking is the highest's during head coach Lynn Kennedy's tenure.