Raiders make quick work of Corban
ASHLAND — For a team that had to wait a little longer than usual to play its first home match, Southern Oregon University seemed intent on getting in and out of Riehm Arena as quickly as possible Thursday night with Corban in town.
Motade Atanda and Emma Gasman were dominant, SOU's passing was sharp and the Raiders wrapped up a 25-13, 25-12, 25-14 defeat of the Warriors in a tidy 59 minutes in the Cascade Collegiate Conference volleyball opener for both squads.
Along with her match-high 14 digs, Atanda clocked 13 kills on 22 swings to lead an attack that collectively averaged .314 to Corban's .023. Gasman, a sophomore middle, had 10 kills on 18 attempts.
With their 23rd straight win in the series against Corban (3-5), the Raiders improved to 7-2 going into Friday's 7 p.m. match opposite Northwest Christian (2-0).
"All in all, it was a good first outing because I think we played through some nerves really well, and that's exciting to see," SOU coach Josh Rohlfing said.
Paulla Pinheiro only needed two kills but sparked SOU from the service line. With the Raiders leading 13-7 in the first set, Pinheiro came through with four straight aces in the middle of a 13-3 run. She finished with five aces and added six digs.
Trailing 4-1 in the second set, SOU went on a 17-3 run during which the Atanda had five of her kills.
"I thought Tade played really well," Rohlfing said. "She did a good job in receive and, offensively, obviously her stats are going to shine. And Paulla just lit it up from the service line."