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Six Raiders voted players of week

ASHLAND — The league office announced that six Southern Oregon University athletes were voted Cascade Conference Players of the Week on Monday, the most ever in one day.

The awards went to Ashlyn Flynn (volleyball defender of the week), Jared Hixon (men's cross country runner), Presley Lambert (women's soccer offensive player), Lauren McGowne (volleyball setter), Kylie Moltzen (women's soccer defensive player) and Jessa Perkinson (women's cross country runner). Hixon, McGowne and Moltzen were each repeat honorees.

Flynn managed the back row in two more stellar defensive efforts by the eighth-ranked Raider volleyball team (15-0, 8-0 CCC). She matched a season-high with 24 digs Tuesday at Oregon Tech and added 14 more Saturday at Multnomah, helping the Raiders keep their opponents to attacking averages of .178 and negative-.045. McGowne, who won the setter award for the third time this season, banked her third 50-plus assist match of the season at Oregon Tech (53) and had a season-high 11 digs the same night, then had 28 assists and eight digs at Multnomah while leader the Raiders to a .318 attack. She continues to lead the league at 11.5 assists per set.

Hixon and Perkinson paced the SOU cross country teams Saturday at the Stanford Invitational. Hixon, who also won the CCC Preview Meet a week ago, led the top-ranked Raider men with a 17th-place finish of 283 runners (most of them from NCAA Div. I schools), completing the 8,000-meter course in 24:19.7. Perkinson placed 53rd of 255 for the 16th-ranked SOU women, finishing the 6K race in 22:09.2.

Lambert and Moltzen were responsible for helping the SOU women's soccer team (3-6-1, 2-2 CCC) to back-to-back CCC victories (both 1-0) for the first time since mid-2013. Lambert scored both game-winners — in the 49th minute Friday at Corban and in the 88th Saturday at Northwest Christian — for the ninth and 10th goals of her career. Moltzen made nine saves while getting both keeper shutouts, bringing her career total to 12 shutouts — the third most in SOU history.