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SOU's Ristvedt, Cook land All-America nods

Taylor Ristvedt became the third player in Southern Oregon University volleyball history to make the NAIA All-America first team on Tuesday, while Elliott Cook earned third-team honors and Makayla Hoyt received honorable mention.

Ristvedt, a senior right-side hitter from Portland and a second-team selection last year, was also named to the NAIA Championships All-Tournament team after recording 76 kills over four matches and averaging 4.2 per set.

The two-time Cascade Conference Player of the Year joined Erin Lytle (1999) and Lindsey Stone (2010) as SOU’s only first-teamers. She topped the CCC leaderboard in kills per set with 3.7 and attacking average (.348) among those with at least five attempts per set, ranking 10th nationally in the latter category. Over SOU’s final 23 matches, she registered double-digit kill totals 21 times and established a new career-high at the national tournament with 25 in a five-set win against Bellevue (Neb.).

Ristvedt also averaged a career-high 0.8 blocks per set. In SOU’s record book, she’ll leave at No. 2 in career kills (1,375) and No. 4 in single-season kills (486) — standing only behind SOU Hall-of-Famer Kristina Matchett in both categories.

Cook, a junior middle from Grants Pass, became the 11th Raider ever to land on one of the three All-America teams. She averaged 2.2 kills with a .294 attacking average, but she hit .352 in conference play and totaled 40 kills at the national tournament. An uptick in blocks pushed her campaign over the top, as she ranked 10th in the NAIA with 148, averaged 1.1 per set and recorded five or more in 13 different matches.

Hoyt garnered recognition for the second year in a row after being a second-team selection in 2018. The junior middle from Placerville, Calif., posted 2.0 kills on a team-best .361 average along with 0.9 blocks per set. She was at her best on the national stage with 46 kills compared to just seven errors in four matches, attacking at a combined clip of .394.

After winning CCC regular-season and tournament championships, the Raiders were eliminated by the eventual national champions for the second straight season, losing to Marian (Ind.) in the Round of 16.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSOU’s Taylor Ristvedt makes a hit for a point in the 2nd set.