Raiders cruise to three-game sweep over Warner Pacific

Thirteenth-ranked Southern Oregon stormed out to a 17-point victory in the opening set and defeated Warner Pacific, 25-8, 25-12, 25-13, in Cascade Collegiate Conference volleyball action Friday evening at Bob Riehm Arena.

The win improves SOU's record to 5-2 overall this season, 2-0 in conference play. Warner Pacific falls to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the CCC. Southern Oregon now owns a 30-match winning streak over Warner Pacific stretching back to the 1988 season.

The story of the first set was SOU senior outside hitter Sarah Holgen. Following a service error by Loren Hernandez, Holgen tallied the Raiders' first three kills. She also picked up SOU's final three kills of the set and six more in between as she totaled 12 kills in the opener on a .571 attack percentage.

Southern Oregon jumped out to a 4-0 lead and a 10-4 advantage in the second set, but Warner Pacific used a 3-1 run to pull within four at 11-7. The Raiders pulled away with a 14-5 streak the rest of the way, powered by four more kills for Holgen to bring her match total to 16.

In the final set, Warner Pacific stayed close early. The Knights held brief leads at 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but the Raiders used an 8-1 run to turn a 5-5 tie into a 13-6 advantage. Warner Pacific scored the next two points, but the Knights never got closer than that as SOU clinched the set and match victory at 25-15 on Hernandez's attack error.

Holgen played sparingly in the final set and finished the match with the 16 kills she compiled in the first two games, while Krista Novelli added 15 digs for the Raiders. Natalie Scheller tallied 13 digs for SOU, and Angela Spieker and Caryn Westrick combined for 30 assists.

Jaclyn Chew-Dorsey posted 13 digs for Warner Pacific, and Kelsey Kurtz led the Knights with nine assists.

Both teams return to action tomorrow, with Southern Oregon hosting Concordia and Warner Pacific traveling to Klamath Falls to face Oregon Tech.

Women's Soccer

At McMinnville, MacKenzie Doty's goal less than one minute into the second half proved to be the game-winner as Linfield defeated Southern Oregon 1-0 Friday afternoon in nonconference action.

The loss drops Southern Oregon's record to 2-3 overall this season. Linfield improves to 3-0 on the year. The Raiders return to action Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Redding, Calif., for a neutral-site match against Holy Names at 2 p.m.

Unlike SOU's recent matches in California, SOU head coach Jon Clement found little to like following the loss.

"It just wasn't a good day," Clement said. "It's very disappointing and pretty embarrassing. We have to credit Linfield for outplaying us today."

It was a scoreless tie through the first half, but Doty's shot from the right side snuck in past the left front post a mere 57 seconds into the second period. The Raiders took six shots in the second half, but they were unable to sneak a shot past Linfield goalkeeper Apolonia Martinez, who finished with four saves in the match.

Stephanie Carr and Sydney Paulsen each finished with a pair of shots for Southern Oregon as the Raiders totaled nine shots in the game, two less than Linfield. The Wildcats' Emily Fellows, the reigning Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year, posted six shots with five on goal against the Raiders. SOU goalkeeper Jessica Kuehlwein finished with seven saves in the contest.

"I'm really glad we have a game right away so we can get right back at it," Clement said.

"What we have is an opportunity to rise up and get it together. There's a challenge in front of this group, and we all have to respond accordingly."

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