Raiders roll into tie for first place

The Southern Oregon volleyball team continued its winning ways Tuesday night with a 25-18, 26-24, 25-21 victory over 17th-ranked Oregon Tech at Danny Miles Court in Klamath Falls.

With the win, Southern Oregon (8-7, 6-1) moved into a first-place with tie with Oregon Tech (10-3, 6-1) atop the Cascade Conference standings.

It was the fifth straight conference win for the Raiders, a stretch in which they did not drop a set.

Sophomore Samantha Yutzie turned in the best match of her career, finishing with a match-high 16 kills and just three errors for a .481 attack percentage. Junior setter Lindsey Stone finished with 41 assists.

The Raiders set the tone early by hitting a .680 attack percentage in the first game, with 19 kills and only two errors.

The second game was tight throughout, with neither team leading by more than three points. Oregon Tech looked poised to even the match with a 24-22 lead, but a kill by Heather Porter and a Tech error tied the set at 24-24. Becky Johnstone and Yutzie then both came through with big swings to seal it and allow the Raiders to take a commanding 2-0 lead.

The teams were tied 12-12 in the third game before an 8-3 run gave the Raiders enough breathing room to wrap up the match.

Mia Wortel finished with nine kills for the Raiders, while Sarah Holgen had eight. Leah Bergstrom and Heather Porter both finished with six kills. Bergstrom accomplished her total with no errors, while Porter had just two errors.

Johnstone and Leanne Stennett both finished with nine digs, while libero Maggie Rivers had eight digs.

The Raiders travel to Eugene on Saturday night to take on Northwest Christian.

Rosales honored

Southern Oregon senior running back Marlon Rosales was named the Independent Offensive Player of the Week.

Rosales earned the award after going for a career-best 166 yards in a 31-23 loss Saturday at Willamette. Rosales scored one touchdown, had a long run of 54 yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry on 27 rushes.

It was the fourth straight week an SOU football player was honored as Independent Offensive, Defensive or Special Teams Player of the Week. Azusa Pacific's Beau Leaman and Corey Lenahan were named Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week.

There are 10 schools that compete as Independents in the NAIA.

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