Raiders honored by Cascade Conference

Southern Oregon volleyball standout Becky Johnstone has been voted the Cascade Conference libero of the week.

The sophomore led the Raiders in digs as they opened up Cascade Conference play with a pair of victories over the weekend.

Johnstone finished the week with 48 digs and five aces, including 22 in Friday's victory over Warner Pacific and 26 in Saturday's win over Concordia.

The Raiders continue conference play this week with key matches at Eastern Oregon (Friday) and the College of Idaho (Saturday).

SOU was pushed to the limit by Concordia before pulling off a 23-25, 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 16-14 victory tonight at McNeal Pavilion.

Southern Oregon has now won seven matches in a row and improved to 8-1 overall. Concordia fell to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Southern Oregon hits the road next weekend with matches at unbeaten Eastern Oregon and 18th-ranked and unbeaten College of Idaho.

Chelsea Hartman led SOU with 20 kills, while Leah Bergstrom finished with 18 and Sarah Holgen had 10. Freshman Caryn Westrick had 34 assists for SOU.

Women's Soccer

Southern Oregon sophomore Denise Powell has been named the Cascade Conference women's soccer offensive player of the week.

Powell scored her second and third goals of the season during SOU's road trip last weekend.

Powell scored a goal in the Raiders' tie with NCAA Division II Northwest Nazarene, then scored a goal as the Raiders upended 21st-ranked Rocky Mountain.

The Raiders dropped a 4-0 decision to Carroll College in Helena, Mont., Sunday to wrap up a long three-match road trip to Idaho and Montana.

The Raiders are now 1-3-1 overall and host Fresno Pacific Friday at University Field. Carroll improved to 4-0 on the season.

"For 80 minutes it was a very good match," SOU head coach Jon Clement said. "But they finished strong and I believe that the fatigue factor finally set in. Due to injuries we had only 14 players available and most of those are freshman."

Carroll took a 1-0 lead at the 24 minute mark on an Abbey Coburn goal and that lead stayed until Megan O'Connell started the onslaught of goals over the last 10 minutes.

Southern Oregon finished with two shots on goal, including two from Alexis Mahoney.

Friday's match against Fresno Pacific is slated to start at 4 p.m.

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