CALDWELL, Idaho — Rebecca Haight recorded 20 kills and added 18 digs, leading Eastern Oregon to a four-set win over Southern Oregon in the Cascade Collegiate Conference semifinals Friday at the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
The Mountaineers picked up their 11th straight victory, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, to advance to the league tournament championship match for the first time in program history. Southern Oregon (19-12) failed to reach the league final for the first time in more than 10 years.
Haight got EOU (23-6) started on the right foot, pounding four kills in the opening set, as the Mounties used a three-point push midway through the frame to take a 16-11 and cruised to the win.
Eastern never trailed in the second set, though a Natalie Scheller kill cut a 13-7 lead to 18-17. Two straight Haight spikes fueled a four-point surge that put the Mountaineers up two sets.
The Raiders responded in the third set, taking advantage of three straight Eastern Oregon errors in a six-point run to grab a 15-9 lead.
EOU used a 7-1 run early in the fourth set to go up 16-8, but SOU fought back, getting within 23-21 on a Haley Kasler kill. The Mountaineers got a side-out on a Haight kill, then ended the match on a Stefani Sorensen putaway.
Sorensen logged 15 kills in the victory, with setter Karly Stack recording 27 assists and eight digs, and libero Kaitlyn Duncan leading EOU with 24 digs.
The Raiders got 16 kills from Scheller and eight from Liz Madden. Setter Caryn Westrick had 23 assists and seven digs, and Renee Yomtob added 29 digs.
Dominez Burnett had 17 points, five rebounds and three assists to lead Davenport to a 72-57 nonleague win over Southern Oregon in the first day of the Embry-Riddle tournament at Daytona Beach, Fla. Kyle Tedder scored 16 points to pace the Raiders (2-1).