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Ristvedt, Lemon voted NAIA Players of the Week

A day after collecting Cascade Conference weekly honors, Southern Oregon University seniors Kailey Lemon and Taylor Ristvedt garnered national recognition on Tuesday after helping their respective teams to unbeaten road trips over the weekend.

Lemon, a goalkeeper from Coarsegold, Calif., was voted the NAIA Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for making four saves in SOU’s 1-0 upset of 25th-ranked Northwest (Wash.) on Saturday. She became the second Raider keeper to earn the award this season, following the other half of her platoon, Jessie Selby.

Ristvedt, the reigning Cascade Conference Player of the Year, was tabbed the NAIA Volleyball Attacker of the Week after depositing 39 kills over 11 sets in successive wins at Walla Walla (Wash.), third-ranked Eastern Oregon and 21st-ranked College of Idaho. Her trip was highlighted by a 21-kill outing at EOU, where she recorded six on 10 swings in a 17-15 tiebreaker to lift the Raiders into first place.

Lemon’s shutout marked SOU’s fifth in a row and her third straight and fourth overall this season. In eight starts, she’s posted a save average of .814 and given up a tick under a goal per game. In two seasons with the Raiders, she’s totaled eight shutouts and made 106 saves compared to 20 goals allowed. She was a second-team All-CCC selection in 2018.

As of this weekend, Ristvedt stands at No. 2 on SOU’s all-time kills list with 1,242. She’s enjoying her best season to date, leading the CCC in both kills per set (3.5) and attacking average (.359) among players posting at least five attempts per set. Her average ranks ninth in the entire NAIA.

The ninth-ranked Raider volleyball team (25-3, 16-2 CCC) will finish the regular season at home with matches at 7 p.m. Friday against Northwest (Wash.) and 5 p.m. Saturday against Evergreen (Wash.), needing two wins to clinch at least a share of the conference title. The Raider women’s soccer team (10-5-2) will have the No. 5 seed in the CCC Tournament and open on Nov. 12 with a quarterfinal game against Northwest.

Southern Oregon University's Taylor Ristvedt attempts to drive the ball past Corban defenders at Bob Rheim Arena on Friday.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)