Raiders volleyball returns to home floor

Riding the momentum of a conference road sweep, the Southern Oregon volleyball team returns home this weekend with hopes of building on a 3-1 league record with a pair of matches.

The Raiders will welcome Concordia (8-4, 4-0) to McNeal Pavilion on Friday and Corban (5-4, 3-1) on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m.

Setter Lindsey Stone's Cascade Conference Setter of the Week-worthy performance in Washington led the Raiders (5-7 overall) to three-set sweeps over Evergreen and Northwest. The junior combined for 57 assists over the two matches to raise her season average to 9.09 assists per set, good for tops in the league.

"Lindsey had a great weekend," head coach Josh Rohlfing said. "We had a lot of conversations throughout the week about expectations, and she went out and distributed the ball better than she has all year.

There's a reason she was the Player of the Year (last season)."

Senior Mia Wortel is pacing the team with a .258 hitting percentage and nearly a block per set, while a stellar weekend from sophomore Samantha Yutzie helped raise her team-best kills-per-set average to a 2.56 clip.

Concordia comes into the weekend tied with Oregon Tech sitting atop the conference standings behind the play of senior standout Lindsey Freyer.

The middle blocker leads the Cavaliers with a .352 hitting percentage and 2.98 kills per set.

"(Freyer) is tremendous and as good as any middle we'll see this year," Rohlfing said. "The whole team is very dynamic and they have some pretty banging, young hitters."

Freshman setter Skyler Kamaka leads the Cavaliers with 8.49 assists per set, including a 10.64 clip in conference matches.

The Raiders have won 16 of their last 17 meetings with Corban dating back to 2000 when the Salem school was still known as Western Baptist.

Corban's lone loop setback came at the hands of Concordia who dropped the Warriors in four sets.

"I'm expecting them to be a quality ball team," Rohlfing said.

"They're at the upper-echelon in the conference and very capable of beating anybody."

Cascade Conference opponents have a league-worst .092 hitting percentage against the Warriors, as junior Rebecca Franke's 5.2 digs per set average is tops in the loop. Offensively speaking, freshman Tiffany Land's 2.73 kill-per-set average is best on the team, while Rachel Gowen is hitting at a percentage of .308.

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