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Raiders thump Walla Walla for 3rd straight win

COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. — Alan Gaytan, Junior Rivas and Adrian Villegas scored two goals apiece, and Villegas tied Southern Oregon’s single-game assist record as the Raiders picked apart Walla Walla (Wash.) in a 10-0 Cascade Conference victory on Friday afternoon.

Gaytan, a freshman from Troutdale, scored two of SOU’s first three goals in the opening 20 minutes. Villegas, a freshman from Hood River, had one in between and set up Gaytan’s second, eventually becoming the first Raider to record three assists since 2016 and matching the team’s single-game points mark with seven.

The Raiders bumped their record to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in the Cascade Conference while extending their winning streak to three games. They’ll put it on the line Sunday in a key clash at second-place Rocky Mountain (Mont.), which improved to 4-1 in the CCC on Friday by defeating Oregon Tech.

The Raiders deposited six goals in the first 40 minutes en route to their second double-figure output of the season. In five all-time matchups with the Wolves (3-8, 1-5), they’ve outscored them 45-2.

In the latest, they outshot WWU 36-2 and didn’t concede a shot on goal.

Four more Raiders got on the board: Noah Addie, Luis Aguilar, Daniel McDevitt and Sam Walker. Addie, Rivas, Jared Delaney and Michael Miller were each credited with assists.

The Wolves prevented further damage with 13 saves. Rivas logged a team-high eight shots on goal, establishing a new SOU record.

Villegas now leads the squad in goals (7) and points (18), while Miller brought his team-high assist total to five.

College Volleyball

SOUTHERN OREGON 3, EVERGREEN 0: At Olympia, Washington, after escaping first-set trouble, the 10th-ranked Southern Oregon volleyball team found its footing and swept out of Evergreen (Wash.) with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-20 win at the Costantino Recreation Center.

Taylor Ristvedt’s 13 kills and Makayla Hoyt’s nine were recorded on a combined 38 attacks to guide the Raiders as they improved to 16-3 overall and 7-2 in the Cascade Conference. In their 32nd consecutive head-to-head win against the Geoducks (16-3, 7-2), they also got seven kills from both Elliott Cook and Maddie Pernich on 15 swings apiece.

Evergreen had control early and opened a 21-16 lead. SOU neutralized the threat with a 7-1 run sparked by service aces from Sara Fanger and Emma Ryan, and three Pernich kills helped put the set away.

Another SOU surge was the difference in the second. The Raiders were down 9-8 before rattling off eight of the next 10 points, four of which they got by setting Cook. Up 24-22, they went to Ristvedt for the win and never gave up momentum, trailing only at 1-0 in the third.

Hannah Bogatin distributed 18 assists and Tehani Faitau had 17 in a .303 attack for the Raiders. Cook also chipped in a team-high three blocks, while Ryan and Fanger were the digs leaders with 12 and nine.

Evergreen middle Chloee Hunt matched Ristvedt’s line — both had 13 kills on a .476 average — and Zoe Shaw had nine kills. As a team, the Geoducks hit .191 and were haunted by eight service errors.

SOU is 2-1 in CCC road matches going into their final first-half matchup on Saturday at Northwest (Wash.), which is set for a 7 p.m. start.

The sweep was the Raiders’ eighth of the season. The attacking average was their best in six matches.

Ristvedt has now recorded 13 kills or more in six straight, matching the longest such stretch of her career.

ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 3, LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 1: Paia Togagae had 10 kills and her sister Violett Togagae nine as RCC earned a 29-27, 25-16, 24-26, 25-20.

Noelani Beard added eight kills and Trinity Atuatasi 30 digs and Jeanie Palsis 18 digs for the Ospreys, who host South Linn Benton today.

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