SOU ROUNDUP: Raiders cruise past Walla Walla
Southern Oregon’s winning streak hit six on Friday afternoon as Elliott Cook delivered 10 kills on 14 attempts to lead the Raiders to a .400 average and a 25-15, 25-8, 25-10 win over Walla Walla (Wash.) at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
With Cook, a junior middle, leading the way in both matches, the sixth-ranked Raiders (11-1 overall) got their second straight sweep to start the Cascade Conference schedule. They played without all-star right-side Taylor Ristvedt, but in her place freshman hitter Shelby Young had nine kills, Maddie Pernich had six and Makayla Hoyt added five without an error.
The Wolves (0-8, 0-2 CCC), still winless since 2017, committed 19 attacking, eight reception and seven service errors.
Hannah Bogatin assisted 20 of the team’s 36 kills and added a match-high three service aces. With her and Tehani Faitau setting up the offense, the Raiders have hit .300-plus in three consecutive matches.
Emma Ryan checked in with 10 digs and two aces.
WWU’s Jenn Bosler recorded a team-high five kills. As a team, the Wolves hit negative-.053.
SOU will stay at home next week to play at 7 p.m. Friday against Multnomah and 5 p.m. Saturday against Warner Pacific.
SOUTHERN OREGON 2, BENEDICTINE (ARIZ.) 1: At Prescott, Ariz., Adrian Villegas and Yan Pessoa de Oliveira tallied goals in the first half and 13th-ranked Southern Oregon team held off Benedictine (Ariz.) in the second for a at Embry-Riddle’s Varsity Field.
Playing their penultimate non-conference game, the Raiders (2-2-0) went up for good in the 19th minute when Villegas, a freshman from Hood River, scored his team-leading fourth goal thanks to assists from Kelly Gieber and Michael Miller.
Miller also assisted Pessoa de Oliveira’s first goal of the season just five minutes later. The Cascade Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, Miller entered the contest with only two assists in his four-year Raider career.
SOU got off 16 shots to Benedictine’s eight. Benedictine didn’t break up the shutout until Junior Sewell scored in the 83rd minute.
Benedictine, which went 9-2 last year in the California Pacific Conference, dropped to 1-2.
SOU will stay in Prescott to play Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) at 7:30 p.m. tonight