Southern Oregon University libero Ashlyn Flynn was named to the All-Cascade Collegiate Conference volleyball team and right-side hitter Taylor Ristvedt received honorable mention, the league office announced late Thursday night.
Flynn, a redshirt-junior from Phoenix, enjoyed her most productive season to date in leading the Raider defense. In CCC action she led all players with an average of 5.6 digs per set — well over her clips of 4.4 as a sophomore and 4.8 as a freshman. She also set new career-highs for digs in a three-set match (24), a four-set match (28) and a five-set match (38).
With 459 digs on the season, Flynn's career total swelled to 1,381 — the third-most in team history. Entering her senior season, she'll be 266 away from the school record established by Kristen Lilly in 2005.
Ristvedt, a redshirt-sophomore from Portland, also saw her numbers spike to a team-high 2.8 kills per set on a .273 attacking average, up from 2.1 kills on a .171 average as a freshman. She reached double figures in kills 14 times throughout the year and posted a career-high 23 on 46 attacks in SOU's regular-season finale against Northwest Christian.
The Raiders wrapped up at 15-11 overall, falling at 21st-ranked Northwest (Wash.) in Tuesday's first round of the CCC Tournament.
Corban's Alaina Gentili and Eastern Oregon's Madisen Garlie, both senior middles, were named CCC co-Players of the Year.
Academic All Stars
Southern Oregon University's Paul Matyas and Kelsey Randall have been selected the Academic All-District 4 men's and women's soccer teams, which were voted on this week by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The teams are designed to recognize the top student-athletes in the nation for their combined performances athletically and academically. To be eligible for consideration, one must be at least a sophomore with a cumulative grade-point average or 3.3 better and a starter or key reserve on his or her team.
Fifty-one men's players and 52 women's players were selected across four districts in the College Division, which comprises NAIA and Canadian schools. Matyas and Randall are now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration, the teams for which will be announced later this month.
Matyas, a junior defender/midfielder from Anchorage, Alaska, is an environmental science and policy major with a 3.98 GPA. A third-year starter, he has played more minutes than anyone on a Raider team that owns an NAIA-high 12 shutouts this season and will make its first appearance in the NAIA Championships with a record of 14-6-1. When SOU shut out two of its three opponents during its Cascade Conference Tournament championship run that concluded Monday, Matyas was voted the CCC Defensive Player of the Week.
Matyas is SOU's first Academic All-District men's soccer selection.