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Ristvedt, Rohlfing named Oregon Sports Awards finalists

ASHLAND — On the heels of an already fruitful 2019 season, Southern Oregon volleyball star Taylor Ristvedt and coach Josh Rohlfing have been named finalists for the 68th annual Oregon Sports Awards, as announced by Sport Oregon and NBC Sports Northwest.

Ristvedt, after a dominant senior season, is on the ballot for the Ad Rutschman Athlete of the Year Award, which goes to the top female and male small college athletes in the state. Rohlfing is in the mix for the Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year, recognizing excellence among coaches, administrators and executives across high school, collegiate and professional ranks.

Both are among five to seven finalists in their respective categories. The top three finalists across all

21 prep and collegiate categories will be revealed Wednesday, and winners will be announced live on NBC Sports Northwest during the week of May 18.

This fall, Ristvedt was selected the Cascade Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season. She also became just the third first-team NAIA All-American in program history after leading the CCC at 3.7 kills per set and ranking 10th nationally with a .348 attacking average.

Ristvedt recorded 10-plus kills in 28 of her 35 matches — including 10 straight to end the season — and finished second on SOU’s all-time kills list with 1,375. She earned a spot on the NAIA Championships All-Tournament team after totaling 76 kills over four matches, posting 4.2 per set.

In his 13th season leading SOU, Rohlfing was named the CCC Coach of the Year for the fifth time and the NAIA West Region Coach of the Year for the second season in a row. He’s orchestrated back-to-back CCC regular-season and tournament championship campaigns, and the Raiders finished 9th in the NAIA Top 25 poll in 2019 a season after coming in at No. 8 — marking the two highest postseason rankings in team history.

The Raiders finished 2019 with a 31-5 record and a spot in the NAIA Round of 16. In total, Rohlfing’s teams have gone 293-99, giving him the fifth-highest career win percentage (.747) among active NAIA coaches.

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