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Raiders slip three spots to No. 4 in NAIA Top 25

Two days after one of the greatest comeback wins in program history the Southern Oregon University football team on Monday fell three spots to No. 4 in the first NAIA Top 25 coaches' poll of the regular season.

The Raiders (1-1), who rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat Eastern Oregon 38-35 Saturday, were ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches' poll but lost at Carroll in the season opener for both teams before the big comeback in their home debut. Eastern Oregon, which fell to 0-3 Saturday, fell out of the Top 25 after opening the season ranked 13th in the preseason poll.

The Frontier Conference was well represented in the poll. Carroll fell from No. 4 to No. 7 after suffering a 19-10 loss to Montana Tech, which cracked the Top 25 for the first time in two years at No. 15. Montana Western is ranked 19th after steamrolling Rocky Mountain 49-6 and edging College of Idaho 24-20.

Marian of Indiana picked up all 15 first-place votes and is all alone at No. 1 after sharing the top spot with SOU in the coaches' preseason poll. Morningside (Iowa) is No. 2 and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) No. 3.

Southern Oregon will travel to Caldwell, Idaho this week for a game Saturday against College of Idaho.

College Athletics

Southern Oregon volleyball player Lauren McGowne received the Cascade Conference setter of the week award and SOU football player Marcus Montano was named the Frontier Conference special teams player of the week on Monday.

The SOU volleyball team also was honored with the CCC team of the week award after extending its win streak to 11 matches on Saturday.

McGowne, a junior, who's earned the league's top setter honor twice, recorded 79 assists over the weekend in wins over Evergreen and Northwest. McGowne is averaging 11.9 assists per set, tops in the nation.

The Raiders host Multnomah University on Friday.

Montano, a freshman, hit the game-winning field goal against Eastern from 27 yards away. Montano is 5-for-5 on point-after attempts and 3-for-3 on field goal attempts.

Girls Water Polo

At Newberg, Ashland beat Bend behind Kenya Mickey's seven-goal explosion and finished 1-3 at the Newberg tournament on Saturday.

The Grizzlies fell to Summit 14-9, Mountain View 10-9 and Newberg 12-1 before downing Bend 10-6.

Against Bend, Mickey received plenty of help from Amelia Covert-Zeve (two goals, two assists), Laurel Tappert (three assists) and Rose Eschtruth-Harrison (three assists).

In the loss to Summit, Covert-Zeve had six goals and an assist, and goalie Izzy Nicolier 12 blocks. Nicolier had another nine blocks against Bend.

Against Mountain View, Mickey had six goals, Covert-Zeve two goals and three assists and Nicolier 15 blocks. Tappert, a team captain, also had a goal and two assists, and Leah Dacus dished out two assists.

Joe Zavala can be reached at 541-821-0829 or jzavala@dailytidings.com.