Hidden Valley's tenacious defense and tough serving kept Ashland out of system and frustrated the Grizzlies en route to a 27-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-14 nonconference victory Thursday at Mountain Avenue Gym.
The Mustangs (4-0) were paced on the frontline by senior outside hitter Megan Combe, who had nine kills and 28 digs.
Libero Colleen Bailey and setter McKenzie Cushman each had a Hidden Valley best four aces. Bailey came up with 30 digs, while Cushman dished out 21 assists to go with 14 digs.
Hidden Valley outside hitter Taylor Larson also contributed to the big defensive effort with 24 digs.
For Ashland (0-1), Hope Baldrica had 11 kills and three solo blocks and Hannah Borgerson recorded 21 digs and five kills.
Myla Norvell chipped in 29 digs and five aces and Jordan Tilley added three aces while leading the Grizzlies in assists.
The Southern Oregon athletic department announced Thursday that Ashland's RedZone Sports Bar N' Grill will sponsor the SOU tailgate area during the four home football games this year.
SOU started a special tailgate area last year that allows fans to tailgate prior to home football games.
"Tailgating is a fun and traditional way of enjoying the football experience at SOU," RedZone co-owner Austin Loreman said. "We want to support that and be part of something that is exciting for alums, parents, Raider fans and the community."
The RedZone, co-owned by Loreman and Rick Krebs, is also a corporate partner with the SOU athletic department and sponsor of the annual Red Zone football alumni golf tournament. The RedZone Sports Bar N' Grill is located in downtown Ashland at 303 East Main Street.
The official tailgating area at SOU home games is located in the lower parking lot below Raider Stadium at the corner of Wightman and Iowa Streets. Individual spots cost $25 per game, but the price is lowered to $20 per game is purchasing multiple games. Payment entitles tailgaters to one parking spot and an additional spot adjacent to the parking spot. Those who sign up for at least three games will receive an official "SOU Tailgater" t-shirt.