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SOU’s Gaytan earns NAIA All-America honorable mention

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon men’s soccer forward Alan Gaytan has earned NAIA All-America honorable mention following a breakout sophomore season, the national office announced.

In his third year with the Raiders, Gaytan accumulated 10 goals and two assists over 17 games. He was one of six players in the Cascade Conference to reach double figures in goals and tallied five game-winners, including four in CCC play to top the circuit leaderboard.

Only one other players in team’s brief history has received All-America honorable mention recognition: Gaytan’s current teammate, Adrian Villegas.

Gaytan, a Troutdale product, has recorded 19 goals and six assists with a shots-on-goal average of .459 in his Raider career. He made the All-CCC first team this fall after earning a second-team nod as a freshman and garnering honorable mention following SOU’s condensed five-game slate last spring. The Raiders finished with a 15-3-1 overall record. They went 9-0 when Gaytan scored.

Gaytan made his mark during their eight-game winning streak to start the season with seven goals and an assist. He also came up big at the CCC Tournament, scoring one goal and assisting the other in a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Rocky Mountain (Montana).

Volleyball

VAN WELL WINS REGIONAL HONOR: Another piece of hardware is coming Haley Van Well’s way after she was named the NAIA Northwest Region Freshman of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The Southern Oregon University outside hitter was previously voted the Cascade Conference Freshman of the Year after averaging 3.6 kills per set on a .280 attacking average. She also earned All-Northwest Region honorable mention kudos.

Van Well ranked third among all CCC players in kills per set. Her average was the highest for a Raider freshman in Josh Rohlfing’s 14 years as head coach. The Dallas, Ore., product redshirted as SOU opted out of the modified 2020-21 season and hit the ground running in her debut campaign, totaling 60 kills on 120 swings over her first four matches. She went on to record 10-plus kills on 20 occasions, helping the Raiders go 14-13.

Van Well had her biggest outing of the season on Sept. 10 against Northwest (Wash.), pounding 23 kills on a .450 average as SOU lost in five sets. She produced an average of .400 or better in 10 different matches.

Southern Oregon University midfielder Alan Gaytan, seen here in a file photo, earned NAIA All-America honorable mention honors this week. (PHOTO BY: AL CASE / ASHLAND DAILY PHOTO)