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Hoyt, Ristvedt named to NAIA All-America 2nd team

Following a season full of history, Makayla Hoyt and Taylor Ristvedt became the ninth and 10th Southern Oregon University volleyball players ever selected to NAIA All-America teams, which were announced Tuesday by the national office.

Hoyt, a sophomore middle, and Ristvedt, a junior right-side hitter, both landed on the second team as just the third set of Raider teammates to attain the distinction in the same season. A total of 42 players spread out across the first, second and third teams were honored on a list highlighted by NAIA Player of the Year Nada Meawad of Park (Mo.).

Hoyt was previously named to the All-Cascade Conference, All-West Region and NAIA Championships All-Tournament teams. Ristvedt was SOU’s first CCC Player of the Year since 2010 and also a regional all-star.

Between them, they led the 29-5 Raiders to the best win percentage (.853) in team history, their first national quarterfinal appearance, CCC regular-season and tournament championships, and the team’s best attacking average (.278) in 20 years.

Hoyt, a 6-foot-2 product of Placerville, Calif., posted a .380 attack that ranked sixth both on the NAIA leaderboard and in SOU’s single-season record book. She was among the league’s leaders in kills (2.7) and blocks (1.0) per set, and in five national tournament matches she accumulated 48 kills and 17 blocks. In seven different matches, she had 10-plus kills with an attacking average of .500 or better.

After being SOU’s most consistent hitter in the regular season, Ristvedt upped her game at the national tournament with 68 kills and five matches and an average of 3.6 per set. On the season, the 6-2 Portland native averaged 3.4 kills on a .345 average — making her the only player in the CCC to rank top-five in both categories. She hit double figures in kills on 23 occasions — hitting better than .200 on all but two of those — and totaled 400 kills, the most for a Raider in four years.

Southern Oregon University junior Taylor Ristvedt looks to slam the ball past Walla Walla defenders. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)