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  • SOU ROUNDUP

    Raiders swept at home by Cavaliers

    Raiders keep it close in first two sets but No. 21 Concordia pulls away in third
  • The 21st-ranked Concordia Cavaliers volleyball team produced a microcosm of its season Friday night at Bob Riehm Arena, getting on a roll that Southern Oregon couldn't stop in a 26-24, 26-24, 25-13 Cascade Conference victory.
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  • The 21st-ranked Concordia Cavaliers volleyball team produced a microcosm of its season Friday night at Bob Riehm Arena, getting on a roll that Southern Oregon couldn't stop in a 26-24, 26-24, 25-13 Cascade Conference victory.
    The Cavaliers (11-2 overall, 5-0 CCC), whose nine straight wins have them in the NAIA Top 25 for the first time in over 10 years, got themselves in trouble, trailing 23-19 in the second set. But Jackie Stein's kill started a 7-1 rally and gave them momentum they never relinquished through the third set as Lindsay Mangan assisted smashes by Stein and Ashley Jibby to close it out.
    The win was Concordia's first in Ashland since 2002, which was the last year it claimed a CCC title.
    "Great teams find a way to win and I think they're in that great realm right now," SOU head coach Josh Rohlfing said. "They play such good defense and just put a lot of pressure on you."
    Mangan, a senior setter who on Tuesday was named a CCC player of the week for the 11th time in her career, posted 36 assists in helping Mariah Raudsepp to 13 kills and Brianna Hogan and Stein to 11 apiece. Shantel Gritsch had 28 digs.
    The Raiders fell to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in league. Following resolute efforts in the first two sets, they lost control completely in the third, conceding 12 of 14 points as the Cavs built a 21-11 lead.
    Senior outside hitter Mona Goudarzian needed 43 attacks to amass a season-high 11 kills. Freshman setter Lauren McGowne topped her career high for the second straight match with 34 assists, but SOU's offense never got going while hitting at a .174 clip.
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