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SOU Roundup: No. 5 SOU falls in five sets

ASHLAND - Fifth-ranked Southern Oregon dug itself one too many holes on Saturday night and couldn't climb out in the tiebreaker of a 25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 17-25, 15-11 loss to No. 8 Eastern Oregon on Saturday night at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

After extending the match with third- and fourth-set wins, the Raiders (15-3 overall, 6-2 Cascade Conference) fell behind 7-1 in the fifth. The last of Maddie Pernich's 17 kills got them within 9-8 in capping a 6-1 spurt, but EOU's Cambree Scott and Breanna Shaffer teamed up for two blocks and had two kills apiece the rest of the way.

Scott finished with 11 kills and seven of EOU's 13 total blocks, which sunk the Raiders' attacking average to .133. Shaffer had 12 kills and assisted five blocks, and Megan Bunn attacked 52 times to reach her 17-kill total.

EOU (17-1, 7-1) took over sole possession of second place behind unbeaten Corban.

The Mountaineers dominated the first two sets, piling up 25 kills and just four attacking errors to hit .324 and .333. SOU responded in the third behind Taylor Ristvedt's four kills, and Pernich registered six without an error in the fourth.

Ristvedt finished with 15 kills on 45 attacks and hit .200. Makayla Hoyt dropped in eight kills on a .318 average and Kylie Ristvedt contributed six.

SOU's back-row defense extended points and the match for the second night in a row, led by Emma Ryan (28 digs) and Sara Fanger (23), who established a new career-high for digs. Elliott Cook assisted four of the team's six blocks.

Madison Pilon orchestrated EOU's attack with 47 assists and collected 16 digs.

Cross Country

At Sacramento, Calif., in their first crowded, NCAA-heavy meet of 2019, the Southern Oregon University men's cross country team was 21st of 35 in the team standings and the Raider women were 36th of 40 on Saturday at Sacramento State's Capital Cross Challenge.

Deklan Humble led the second-ranked Raider men led with a time of 25 minutes 18.9 seconds in the 8,000-meter race at Haggin Oaks Golf Course. He placed 87th of 280 total runners, and Brandon Kelsey (25:20.8) came in two seconds later in 93rd.

Alex Harbert-Castro (25:31.0), Gabe Loader (25:52.0) and Kevin VanDyke (25:54.2) made up the rest of SOU's first five in. Cal Poly and Chico State were first and second in the team standings, and Cal Poly's Jake Ritter was the individual champion in 24:01.1.

In a 324-person 6K race for the fourth-ranked Raider women, 154th-place Sydnee Kizziar (22:35.0) and Shayla Potratz (22:48.4) were ahead of the pack. The next five Raiders finished within seven-plus seconds of each other: Haylee Brodahl (23:27.9), Madison Willhoft (23:28.8), Maya Smith (23:29.3), Lauren Fillipow (23:33.4) and Kira Morrow (23:35.2).

Colorado Mines was the women's team champion, and Seattle Pacific's Kaylee Mitchell was the medalist in 20:30.2.

The Raiders will be off until Oct. 26, when they're scheduled to travel to William Jessup's Warrior Invitational.