S. Oregon volleyball team stuns Biola in four games

Highlighted by an upset of 20th-ranked Biola, the Southern Oregon volleyball team went 4-0 during this weekend's Fresno Pacific Sunbird Invitational.

The Raiders knocked off Biola 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 25-17 to open Saturday then turned around and defeated Menlo 24-26, 25-16, 26-24, 25-22 to wrap up the tournament unbeaten.

Southern Oregon improved to 6-1 in preseason play and opens Cascade Conference play Friday at home against Warner Pacific.

In the opener, juniors Chelsea Hartman and Leah Bergstrom led the Raiders offensively and Megan Bartling led the team defensively.

Hartman had 15 kills and Bergstrom finished with 13 kills, while Bartling had a part in 12 blocks. Becky Johnstone finished with a match-high 15 digs for the Raiders.

Biola finished last year ranked second in the final NAIA Top 25 poll.

Hartman and Bergstrom also led the Raiders in the victory over Menlo.

After dropping the first set, the Raiders came back and hit .652 to win the second set and take control of the match.

Hartman finished with a career-high 25 kills and just two errors. Bergstrom had 17 kills and only two errors. Freshman setter Caryn Westrick and redshirt freshman setter Angela Spieker both had 29 assists.

Women's Soccer

Oregon Tech rallied from behind with a pair of goals within three minutes of each other to take a 2-1 nonconference victory over Southern Oregon Sunday at University Field.

Southern Oregon is now 0-2 on the season and Oregon Tech improved to 1-0.

After a scoreless first half, SOU got on the board at the 59 minute mark with a goal from the top of the penalty box by sophomore Denise Powell. The Hidden Valley High School product broke open at the top of box and received a perfect pass from freshman Stephanie Carr to get the scoring started.

The Owls, who had 19 shots including 14 on goal, continued to fire away and finally broke through at the 69 minute mark as Brooke Cole connected from 22 yards out to tie the match.

Oregon Tech wasted little time finding the net again as Kaila Dillon took a pass from Cole and buried a left-foot kick into the next from 10 yards away for the game-winner.

Carr and Powell both had shots on goal in the last 10 minutes of the match, but Oregon Tech keeper Megan Ross made saves on both shots.

"After a rough 20 minutes I thought we did a great job of capturing the lead," SOU head coach Jon Clement said. "But we have to learn how finish games and win. That's part of the process we are going through right now."

Carr and Powell both finished the match with three shots on goal and sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Kuehlwein had 11 saves.

The Raiders travel to Idaho and Montana this week for three matches.

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