Two Raider VB standouts make All-American team

Southern Oregon volleyball standouts Leah Bergstrom and Heather Porter were voted to the 2009 Tachikara-NAIA All-American team as honorable mentions, the national office announced over the weekend.

Bergstrom, a junior right side, and Porter, a junior middle blocker, both emerged as elite players in the Cascade Conference were rewarded with first-team all-conference nods.

Bergstrom became SOU's most consistent player, finishing fourth in the conference in attack percentage (.292), seventh in kills (2.83 per set) and eighth in total blocks (71).

Porter led the Cascade Conference in attack percentage (.353) and finished third in the conference in total blocks with 106.

The Raiders finished 24-4, claiming a co-league title and advancing to the NAIA National Tournament.

This marks the third straight year a Raider has earned All-American status in volleyball and the 10th time in the last 11 years.

College Wrestling

Southern Oregon's Jimmy Eggemeyer walked away with a championship at this weekend's Battle of the Rockies wrestling tournament at Great Falls, Mont., where the fourth-ranked Raiders also snared three third-place medals.

Eggemeyer, wrestling in the 149-pound weight class, started off the day with a pin of Dillion Lenius, then used victories over Northwest College's Bobby Robins and Great Falls' Kaden Piva to advance to the championship match. In the finals, Eggemeyer defeated Montana State-Northern's Cody Miller 4-2 to claim the title.

Also for the Raiders, Mitchell Lofstedt (125), Bryan Jacob (133) and Austin Vanderford (174) each finished third.

Lofstedt, ranked No. 1 at 125, tore through the consolation bracket after dropping his first-round match. The sophomore scored three straight pins to advance to the consolation semifinals. In the semis, Lofstedt scored an 11-1 major decision victory over Sean Blumhardt, then pinned Northwest College's Phillip Grout in 3:51 to walk away with third place.

Jacob pinned Jesse Knot in 1:28 to win his third-place match and Vaderford had a 13-4 major decision victory over Anthony Clay to win his third-place match.

The Raiders return to action Dec. 16-17 when they open the home dual season. The Raiders host Menlo College at 5 p.m. on the 16th and Pacific at 7 p.m. on the 17th.

Women's Basketball

Off to a 9-1 start, Southern Oregon moved up a spot in this week's NAIA Top 25 poll.

The Raiders jumped from 12th to 11th in the latest tally, released Monday, despite suffering their first setback last weekend.

Southern Oregon opened the season with a program-best nine straight wins, before dropping a conference home game to Warner Pacific on Saturday.

The No. 11 ranking is the highest's during head coach Lynn Kennedy's five-year tenure. SOU travels to Klamath Falls this weekend to take part in the OIT Tournament. The Raiders will face William Jessup Friday and Bethany Saturday. Both games start at 5:30 p.m.

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