Stone voted All-American for second year in a row

For the second straight year, Southern Oregon setter Lindsey Stone has been named a Daktronics NAIA All-American.

Stone, a junior, was voted to the second team to become the only Cascade Conference student-athlete to rank that high. Over the weekend, Stone and senior middle blocker Mia Wortel made the AVCA NAIA Northwest All-Region team.

Stone is just the second SOU volleyball player to win multiple All-American honors. Kristina Matchett earned All-American accolades three times (2001-03).

Stone was named Cascade Conference player of the year for the second straight year after leading the Raiders to a 20-10 overall record and a second place finish in the Cascade Conference regular season. She was voted league's setter of the week six times during the 2008 season and led the CCC and ranked fourth in the nation in assists (10.8 per game).

Also earning national kudos from the Cascade Conference was Oregon Tech's Krista Wooley, a senior, who picked up a third-team All-American nod.

Fresno Pacific's Shu Liu earned her second straight NAIA player of the year award after guiding the Sunbirds to their second straight and fourth overall national title, while "Concordia (Calif.) head coach Paula Weishoff was voted the coach of the year.

The all-region honor was the second straight for both Stone and Wortel, who was an All-American in 2007. Wortel earned first team all-Cascade Conference honors and hit .391 to finish second in the conference and eighth in the nation. Wortel ranks first at SOU in career attack percentage (.373), fourth in career kills (1,156) and sixth in career blocks (375).

Lewis-Clark State's Anile Clemente earned Region I player of the year honors and Eastern Oregon's Grace Deboodt, College of Idaho's Kristin Henning and Wooley were the only other Cascade Conference players to earn the All-Region honor.

Scholar Athletes

Southern Oregon seniors Joe Rath, Whitney Riehl, Katelyn Alley and Chelsey Muri have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

In order to be named Scholar-Athlete, individuals must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and be at least a junior.

Rath helped lead the SOU men's cross country team to a Cascade Conference Championship and a fourth place finish at the NAIA National Championships. Rath has a GPA of 3.66.

Riehl and Alley were both members of the women's cross country team. Riehl has a GPA of 3.67 and Alley has a GPA of 3.68.

Muri, in her first year playing soccer for SOU, helped the Raiders advance to the Cascade Conference semifinals. Muri has a GPA of 3.87.

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