RAIDER ROUNDUP: Northwest rallies, hands SOU its first loss
ASHLAND — Northwest (Wash.) overcame Hailey Van Well’s 23 kills, a 2-1 sets deficit, an 8-3 points deficit in the tiebreaker, and Southern Oregon’s best attacking average in a loss in at least a decade to pull off a Cascade Conference upset on Friday night at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
The Eagles (4-4, 3-0 CCC) prevailed by scores of 15-25, 25-19, 15-25, 25-18 and 16-14 and became the first unranked team to win on the No. 21-ranked Raiders’ home floor since they moved into the new building in 2018.
Anna Saelens distributed 52 assists to help four Eagles reach double figures in kills: Megan Horne (20), Abigail Broussard (14), Susana Bailey (10) and Jill Botsford (10).
The Eagles trailed 12-10 after getting called out of rotation, but took the lead on two Broussard kills and Savannah Hale’s service ace. Tied at 14-all, Horne’s final kill put them up for good and a Raider attacking error clinched the match.
Van Well’s 23 kills were deposited on just 40 attacks. Simone Gordon had 13 kills on 20 swings and Katie Vroman had 10 on 20, lifting the Raiders (7-1, 2-1) to a season-best .374 attack. They came out sizzling in the first set with 19 kills and no errors on 22 attempts, then dominated again in the third.
Inconsistency caught up with them in the fourth, where Horne downed six kills to force the decisive set.
Broussard added four of NU’s nine service aces. Cristina Lorenz totaled 14 digs.
On SOU’s side, Gwen Sheldon went for 36 assists and seven digs, and Sadie Byrd was in on nine of the team’s 13 blocks.
The Raiders host Evergreen (Wash.) at 7 p.m. tonight, while the Eagles will travel to Oregon Tech.
STANSLAUS STATE 1, SOUTHERN OREGON 0: At Turlock, Calif., Southern Oregon gave NCAA Division II opponent Stanislaus State (Calif.) a fight but came up short at Warrior Stadium.
The game’s lone goal was delivered by Rayana Plancarte in the 21st minute. Julia Cummings and Ilena Rivera were both credited with assists.
SOU keeper Ashlynn Hernandez kept the score there with three saves.
The Raiders were out-shot by a margin of 18-6. Sarah Mauk and Baylee Touey accounted for their two shots on goal, both saved by Amanda Leal.
The Warriors went to 2-1, and SOU dipped to 1-2-1.