Raiders push Sunbirds again, still lose in three

The 12th-ranked Southern Oregon University volleyball team again hung tough with No. 1-ranked Fresno Pacific but ultimately fell short as the Sunbirds scored a 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 victory on Saturday in the finale of the inaugural Raider Classic at McNeal Pavilion.

Fresno Pacific finished the two-day, four-team tourney with a perfect 4-0 mark. SOU is 1-2, with both losses coming to the defending NAIA national champs.

Lisa Schilling and Julie De Jager both had eight kills to lead Fresno Pacific. Samantha Yutzie finished with six kills for SOU. Maggie Rivers had a match-high 14 digs.

Much like Friday night's featured match, SOU pushed the Sunbirds early.

In the first game, a kill by Sarah Holgen and a Sunbird error gave SOU a 14-13 lead. But a 6-1 run by the Sunbirds put the game out of reach.

In Game 2, Fresno Pacific flexed its muscle and jumped out to a 16-9 lead and cruised to victory.

Fresno Pacific jumped out to a 9-5 lead before SOU came back to tie it at 11-all. After Fresno again pulled away, a kill by freshman Kalista Harrison cut the FPU lead to 19-18, but that's as close as the Raiders would get. Junior setter Lindsey Stone played the final two sets and finished with 14 assists.

Women's Soccer

Dominican University scored a pair of second half goals to knock off Southern Oregon 3-1 Saturday at University Field in Ashland.

The match was the season opener for both Southern Oregon and Dominican, which had received votes in the NAIA Preseason Top 25 poll.

Southern Oregon jumped on board first, taking a 1-0 lead at the 13:32 mark on a goal by Denise Powell. Sophomore Mo Costello found Powell on the right wing and Powell buried the shot from 20 yards out.

Dominican got on the board at 19:30 on an own goal by SOU and the score remained 1-1 until the second half.

There, Taylor Houston found her way out of a scramble in front of the net to put in a shot from eight yards out to give Dominican its first lead, 2-1, at the 73:34 mark.

Dominican added another goal at 87:37 on a goal from Anika Lindemuth.

SOU freshman goalie Jessica Kuehlwien finished with eight saves and Katie Griffith had five shots.

SOU travels to Southern California this weekend for matches against Vanguard, Westmont and Concordia (Calif.).

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