Small sparks No. 8 Raiders to sweep
ASHLAND — Niki Small poured in a season-high 12 kills, including seven in the third set when the Southern Oregon volleyball team came back to keep its sweeps streak alive with a 25-19, 25-11, 27-25 win over Warner Pacific on Saturday evening at Riehm Arena.
SOU was dominant in the first two sets, scoring the final four points of the first and never trailing in the second, but fell behind the Knights 23-18 and 24-21 in the third. Small’s final kill started the climb back, and SOU scored four of its last five points on WPC errors.
The eighth-ranked Raiders (13-0 overall, 6-0 Cascade Conference) have won 13 in a row and swept their last nine matches, winning 28 consecutive sets overall.
The Knights (4-5, 3-3) got 13 kills out of Janessa Knight, eight from Grace Rivers and 27 assists from Kealia Rosa.
Small did her damage on 19 total attacks for a .579 average. Corynn Kopra added nine kills and 10 digs, Tyana Andrews had nine kills and five digs, and Emma Gasman had eight kills with three blocks. Lauren McGowne kept up her torrid pace at setter with 35 assists, and Ashlynn Flynn and Laura Morse combined for 28 digs.
McGowne also assisted four of SOU’s six blocks and Small assisted three.
SOU 6, MULTNOMAH 0: At Ashland, Brendan Allen dropped in two headers in the first three minutes as Southern Oregon cruised.
Allen also assisted the third goal, a short liner by Diego Buenrostro, as the Raiders (7-2 overall, 2-2 Cascade Conference) scored four times before halftime.
Multnomah went to 0-5 and 0-2.
SOUTHWESTERN OREGON 2, RCC 0: At Talent, Allan Ramos-Garcia nearly scored in the fourth minute but Rogue Community College couldn’t find the back of the net during Northwest Athletic Conference play.
SOUTHWESTERN OREGON 8, RCC 0: At Talent, Rogue Community College goalkeeper Cassondra Wessels made 21 saves during Northwest Athletic Conference action.
The Ospreys dropped to 0-3.