Raiders split first two matches at regional tournament

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The Southern Oregon volleyball team saw its 21-match winning streak come to an end in the pool play round of the NAIA Region I Tournament on Thursday.

The No. 10 Raiders fell to No. 20 Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho), 30-20, 30-28, 30-24 in round-robin play. Earlier in the day, Southern overcame two match points in a fifth game and the loss of libero Emily Stone to defeat rival Oregon Tech, 30-23, 30-23, 28-30, 27-30, 18-16.

Stone suffered a slight concussion while diving for a ball in the third game and missed the rest of the match against OIT as well as the entire match against Lewis-Clark State College. Southern led by four points at the time, but without Stone, one of the best defensive players in the region, the Raiders struggled.

"Emily was on the floor for 10 minutes," SOU head coach Josh Rohlfing said. "The game was delayed and when it got going again, things sort of fell apart."

In Game 5, the teams battled to ties at 8-all, 11-all and 13-all before the Owls earned their first of two match points. But kills by the Raiders kept their hopes alive and a service ace followed by a double contact violation by Tech allowed Southern Oregon to escape with the victory.

After the marathon match, Rohlfing said that he "was relieved and excited all at the same time. OIT played us tough all year and a point here or there made the difference again. Give OIT credit they played a great match."

Outside hitter Jaclyn Hamilton-Smith led SOU with 16 kills, Lindsey Stone had a season-high 64 assists while Whitney Riehl and Maggie Rivers tied for a team-high 16 digs.

Lindsey Stone had 34 assists in the second match against Lewis-Clark State College, Richelle Millsap had a team-high 10 kills and Rivers, as well as Katie Pluchos, had six digs.

The Raiders take on Great Falls today at 11:30 a.m. in a third round robin match, needing a victory to advance. Stone may or may not be available. If not, Rohlfing could start Maggie Rivers, Stone's fill-in on Friday.

"(Rivers) did as well as one could ask in the situation," Rohlfing said.

"The whole team was knocked off kilter a bit, but mostly it was inconsistencies of her not playing the position all that much during the season."

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