Raider VB team advances to tourney final

Chelsea Hartman and Leanne Stennett helped 13th-ranked Southern Oregon down Eastern Oregon 17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 and advance to the Cascade Conference tournament finals Friday in Caldwell, Idaho.

Southern Oregon improved to 24-2 on the season and will face College of Idaho in Saturday's 3 p.m. (MST) final. Southern Oregon has won 15 straight matches.

Eastern Oregon finishes the season 15-9.

Hartman finished with 15 kills and Stennett had 13 kills to go along with 19 digs. Becky Johnstone had a match-high 31 digs.

Eastern Oregon came out and held the Raiders to a .079 attack percentage and won the opening game, snapping SOU's streak of 22 consecutive sets won.

In the second game, a service error and kills by Sarah Holgen and Hartman broke an 18-18 as the Raiders scored the final eight points.

In the third game, Eastern led 13-10 before SOU went on a 10-3 run to take control of the set.

SOU wrapped up the match by holding Eastern Oregon to a .095 attack percentage in the final game.

Megan Bartling and Holgen both had seven kills for the Raiders. Heather Porter had a hand in 10 blocks, while Bartling and Holgen both had six each.

Caryn Westrick had 23 assists and Angela Spieker finished with 20 assists.

Eastern Oregon was led by Jessica Lea's match-high 17 kills.

Women's Basketball

The 18th-ranked Southern Oregon women's basketball team opens up the home portion of its 2009-10 season Saturday night when it hosts Holy Names.

Tipoff between the two regional is set for 7 p.m.

Southern Oregon is off to an impressive 3-0 start, including a 73-70 victory over Holy Names (2-1) last weekend in Oakland. Holy Names is ranked just out of the Top 25 at No. 26 in the NAIA poll.

The story of the preseason so far for the Raiders has been the play of senior All-American Jacki Speer, who's averaging 30 points and 13 rebounds per game. The points total ranks third in the nation and the rebounds rank fourth. Speer needs seven rebounds to pass Shawna Kansala (975) for second in school history and needs 28 points to pass Denise Berry (1,341) for fourth on the all-time scoring list.

With Ashley Baker out with an injury, Emily Brookins and Krystal Smith has picked up the pace on the scoring end.

Brookins is averaging 11.7 points and Smith is averaging 8.3 points and nine rebounds per game.

Womens Soccer

Sophomore Jessica Kuehlwein led a group of four Southern Oregon women's soccer players that earned All-Cascade Conference honors this year.

Kuehlwein, Auika Muragin, Denise Powell and Alexis Mahoney each earned All-Conference honors.

Kuehlwein was a top-level goalkeeper for the Raiders this year and earned First Team All-Conference honors. Kuehlwein ranked third in the conference in save percentage (.803) and fourth in goal against average (1.06).

"We're all please for and proud of Jess," SOU head coach Jon Clement said.

"She's very deserving of recognition. She established herself as one of the top goalkeepers in Oregon during her high school career and has furthered that reputation in college. She leads well by example and is just flat out a good soccer player."

Muragin, a junior, and Powell, a sophomore, earned Second Team accolades.

Muragin had one goal on eight shots on goal. Powell ranked fourth in the conference with seven goals.

"Auika's accomplishments are without question a product of her training, intensity and work-rate." Clement said. "Other coaches recognize Denise as a dangerous attacking player. Her fitness level was high at the outset of the season and that allowed her to be fluid and consistent this year and of course she scored some important goals for us."

Mahoney, a freshman, earned Honorable Mention honors. Mahoney had four goals and one assist on the season.

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