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Streaking SOU bottles up Evergreen in straight sets

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Southern Oregon's hex on the Evergreen volleyball team is alive, as are SOU's Cascade Conference title hopes after one half of league play.

The 13th-ranked Raiders (14-3 overall, 8-1 CCC) swept through the Geoducks (11-10, 2-6) on Saturday at CRC Gymnasium, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21. Their 22nd straight win in the series was driven by Paulla Pinheiro's 13 kills, seven digs and three aces and Motade Atanda's 11 kills and nine digs.

The second half of SOU's conference schedule starts Wednesday at Oregon Tech. At the conclusion of Saturday's action, the Raiders were tied atop the standings with Eastern Oregon and one match ahead of Concordia and College of Idaho.

Aside from the usual success of the Pinheiro-Atanda formula, SOU attacked at a .283 clip as a team. Sam Boehnke spiked seven kills, Emma Gasman had four and the Raiders committed only 12 attacking errors and one service error all night.

Lauren McGowne guided the attack — which was especially economical in the second set, when SOU had 12 kills on 22 attempts — with 32 assists and five digs.

Evergreen had a lead early in that second frame, but the Raiders squashed it with a quick 9-2 run. The Geoducks also kept it tight in the third until two Gasman kills and an attacking hiccup gave the Raiders all the cushion they needed at 19-16.

Pinheiro reached the 10-kill mark in six of her first 10 matches to start the season, but has been at 13 or more in all seven since. Atanda has been in double figures in eight of SOU's last nine.


CORBAN 1, SOU 0: At Salem, Southern Oregon outshot Corban, but the Warriors made the one that mattered.

Olivia Erskine found Randi Donahue in the 71st minute for the lone goal, which was also the first for Corban (5-5-2, 1-2-1) in four Cascade Conference contests. Erskine's through ball gave Donahue a clear 10-yard look, one of four the Warriors had on goal.

SOU slipped to 3-8 overall and 2-2 in the CCC with home matches coming up Thursday and Saturday against Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho.

The Raiders had 14 shots and directed eight on goal, including all four off the feet of Megan McArthur.

SOU hasn't let a conference opponent score more than one goal but has been shut out four times.

SOU's Devon Walker made three saves.