Cook, SOU run win streak to 30
KLAMATH FALLS — Freshman middle Elliott Cook seems to have already caught on to the Southern Oregon University volleyball team's role as bully in its rivalry with Oregon Tech.
On Wednesday night at Danny Miles Court, Cook unleashed 22 kills in the Raiders' 30th consecutive win over the Owls, a 25-18, 18-25, 25-18, 25-14 decision that brought their record to 12-7 overall and 9-5 in the Cascade Conference.
Cook's kill total was the highest for a Raider in a for-set match since Tade Atanda tallied 24 on Nov. 8, 2014, and it was the highest for a Raider freshman in a match of any length since Josh Rohlfing's tenure as head coach began in 2007. But she got there on just 31 swings, totaled two errors and wound up with an absurd .645 attacking average; the top average for any SOU player in a 20-plus-kill match during the Rohlfing era had been Emma Gasman's .538 last September at Multnomah, when she recorded 23 kills in a five-set win.
The Raiders, who haven't lost to OIT since the 2005 season, swept the season series and dropped the Owls to 7-12 and 5-9 in the CCC. They now have a four-win cushion for the sixth and final conference tournament spot and will enter the weekend one win back of third-place College of Idaho. On Friday and Saturday, SOU hosts Multnomah and Warner Pacific in a pair of 7 p.m. matches.
The Raider hit .354 as a team, giving them their second-best clip of the season after they established a .462 bar last Saturday against Walla Walla. Though overshadowed, redshirt-freshman middle Makayla Hoyt came through with her sharpest match of the year, too, with 13 kills on 20 attacks for a season-best .550 average. She was also in on five of the team's seven blocks.
Taylor Ristvedt added 11 kills and Dani Johnson had eight as setters Natalie James and Hannah Bogatin went for 35 and 26 assists, respectively. Junior libero Ashlyn Flynn chimed in with 28 digs, matching the highest total of her career for a four-set match, and Emma Ryan had 10.
Outside of their second-set win, the Owls never led. Cook made sure of that in the third set, when she had seven kills on 12 swings, and in the fourth, when she had six on seven swings. In those same frames, Hoyt added a combined nine kills without an error.
Chase Bohman's 18 kills led OIT, which collectively hit .229.
ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2, SOUTHWEST 0: Haley Janky had two goals and goalkeeper Lilly Barrett made six saves for Rogue Community College.
Janky scored in the eighth minute and again in the 59th minute using a Logan Billy assist.
The Ospreys improved to 3-6-2 overall and 3-4-2 in the NWAC. SWOCC is 4-7-2, 3-6-1 in league.