Raiders bow out in CCC quarterfinals

KIRKLAND, Wash. — The Southern Oregon volleyball team's season came to an end Tuesday night with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-11 loss to 21st-ranked Northwest (Wash.) in the first round of the Cascade Conference Championships presented by U.S. Bank at NU Pavilion.

The match was dominated by Northwest outside hitter Amanda Waterman, who had 13 kills on 28 attacks, and middle Mattie Jo Johnson, who added 10 on 15 attempts. Waterman and Johnson had one error between them.

The Raiders had no answer, especially without the services of injured middle Makayla Hoyt, one of the top blockers in the CCC. As a team, the Eagles attacked .366 — the most efficient clip for an SOU opponent this season.

Northwest (22-7 overall), the No. 4 seed in the tournament, advanced to play top-seeded Corban in Friday's semifinal round, which is being hosted by the Warriors. Second-seeded College of Idaho will meet No. 3 seed Eastern Oregon in the other semifinal.

The Raiders, without a senior on the roster, finished the season 15-11 overall. At 12-8 in CCC play, they'd earned the No. 5 seed.

They got nine kills apiece from junior outside hitter Dani Johnson and sophomore right-side Taylor Ristvedt, but only mounted a .113 attack as the Eagles tallied eight blocks to SOU's three. Johnson assisted three of them and had one to herself.

Ashlynn Flynn led the Raiders with 17 digs, and Natalie James had 14 assists and seven digs.

The final four teams standing in the CCC are the same as in 2016.

Men's Basketball

At Redding, California, Ben DeSaulnier scored 29 points and climbed three spots to No. 4 on Southern Oregon's career scoring list in the process, lifting the 11th-ranked Raiders to a 91-79 win over Simpson (Calif.) on Tuesday night at the Grant Center.

The highlight of DeSaulnier's performance was a 20-point first half in which he downed all four of his 3-point attempts. The senior wing from Philomath brought his career point total to 1,552, passing Lloyd Hoffine (1952-56), Bill Hollingsworth (1952-53, 55-58) and Ryan Harbert (1993-97) all on the same night.

The Raiders (1-1) went ahead five minutes into their first win of the season and never trailed thereafter, but the Redhawks didn't fade quietly in their home opener. SOU took a 44-37 lead into halftime courtesy of back-to-back 3s from Desaulnier and Aaron Borich, and the it shot to 10 points on two occasions during the second half before Simpson started chipping away, cutting it to 64-61 on a Brandon Moss and-1 with 9:14 to go.

Up 69-64, the Raiders finally pulled away on a 10-2 spurt keyed by four easy transition buckets, getting two apiece from DeSaulnier and Kenny Meyer. They led by as many as 16.

Meyer added 15 points, and sophomore forward Jordan Hunt controlled the paint with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks. He put an exclamation point on his second straight double-double with a breakaway dunk inside the final minute.

The Raiders were also boosted by stellar work at the free-throw line, where they converted 35 of 41 attempts. Meyer went 9-of-10, Tate Hoffman went 7-of-8 on the way to 10 points, and Tristen Holmes was perfect on six tries at the stripe to total 10 points with five assists. Borich added eight points off the bench with a pair of 3-pointers.

From the field, SOU shot 50 percent while Simpson went 30-of-67. Josh Brakkee's 16 points and nine rebounds led the Redhawks.

SOU is off until next Tuesday, when it hosts 16th-ranked Oregon Tech in a nonconference game at Mountain Avenue Gym. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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