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Raiders earn volleyball, hoop honors

Southern Oregon’s Josh Rohlfing was selected the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s NAIA West Region coach of the year, and Elliott Cook, Makayla Hoyt and Taylor Ristvedt were named regional all-stars for the Raiders.

Rohlfing received the honor for the second year in a row after guiding the Raiders to a 31-5 record, back-to-back Cascade Conference regular-season and tournament championships and an appearance in the NAIA championships round of 16. After bringing the Raiders to the quarterfinals in 2018, the 13-year head coach helped them back into the national tournament’s elimination bracket for just the third time in team history.

Hoyt and Ristvedt were among just four repeat selections on the 14-person all-West Region team, and Cook earned a spot on it for the first time after receiving honorable mention last year. All three were previously repeat selections to the all-Cascade Conference team.

Ristvedt, a senior right-side hitter, finished fourth on SOU’s single-season kills list (486) and second on the career list (1,375). She led the CCC in both kills per set (3.7) and attacking average (.348) among individuals with at least five attempts per set.

Cook and Hoyt, both junior middles, helped make SOU’s attack one of the most efficient in the country — Cook averaged 2.2 kills on a .294 average, and Hoyt added 2.0 on a .361 clip — while continuing to post stellar blocking numbers.

Cook ranked 10th nationally in total blocks (148) and her average of 1.1 per set was a 33-percent improvement over her sophomore season, while Hoyt recorded 0.9 per set.

Women’s Basketball

FRYER HONORED: Southern Oregon junior Syd’Nee Fryer was voted the Cascade Conference’s women’s basketball player of the week following the most productive road trip of her Raider career.

A night after going for 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in Friday’s loss at Northwest (Wash.), Fryer registered 22 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and four assists in a win at Evergreen (Wash.), helping SOU to a split of its CCC-opening weekend.

The double-doubles were the fourth and fifth of her career, and the point totals were her highest of the season. She shot 15-of-29 from the field, 3-of-8 from 3 and 11-of-14 at the free-throw line.

Fryer, who received all-CCC honorable mention last season, is averaging 11.9 points, a team-high 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals.

The Raiders (5-4, 1-1 CCC) are off until home games Dec. 20-21 against Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho.

Southern Oregon University volleyball coach Josh Rohlfing talks with players during a match against Corban. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)