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The Southern Oregon University volleyball team took over sole possession of first place in the Cascade Collegiate Conference with a hard earned sweep of Oregon Tech Tuesday night.




With the 30-21, 30-18, 30-27 win, SOU's 17th straight, the Raiders took a 1/2 game lead over The College of Idaho in the Cascade Conference standings with three matches remaining. The win also assured the Raiders of finishing October with a perfect record (9-0).




Tuesday against OIT, the Raiders had impressive performances from Jaclyn Hamilton Smith with 13 kills, 10 digs, three aces, and five blocks. Samantha Yutzie added 10 kills, hitting a whopping .562. Leading all hitters, Mia Wortel continued her three-match tear with 14 kills, hitting .538, along with six blocks. In the last three matches, Wortel has just one hitting error, 71 swings and 41 kills for a .563 hitting percentage.




Raider setter Lindsey Stone had 42 assists.




SOU plays at Northwest Christian on Saturday night in Eugene before returning home for regular season-ending matches November 9-10 against Concordia and Corban.




Women's soccer




Three Southern Oregon University Women's Soccer players earned second-team all-conference honors for their play during the 2007 season.




Cascade Conference soccer coaches honored Raider freshman defender Stacy Szeto, freshman midfielder Sara Switzer and sophomore forward Justina MacDowell.




"All three ladies were important parts of our improvement from years past &

they all are very good soccer players and will continue to get better as their careers advance," SOU second-year head coach Jon Clement said.




SOU senior keeper Melanie Hopkins was an honorable mention.




SOU finished ninth in the Cascade Conference in 2007 and missed the playoffs after losing to Oregon Tech 1-0 in the final regular season game. SOU finished 7-8-3.




Wrestling




The Southern Oregon wrestling team, which opened its season with the annual Red and Black intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday night, is No. 8 in the NAIA's preseason poll, released Oct. 11.




After finishing in 11th at the 2006-07 NAIA National Championships, the Raiders look to improve on their finish this season. Southern returns two NAIA All-Americans from last season &

Trevor Lofstedt, who holds the No. — preseason ranking for the 125-pound weight class, and Jimmy Ulrey, who sits at No. 6 in the 165 class.




The Raiders feature five wrestlers who received preseason rankings, including Lofstedt and Ulrey. SOU returnee Ricky Farrell came in at No. 8 in the 174 class, while newcomers Brian Jacob and Marcus Moore were ranked No. 4 (133) and No. 8 (heavyweight), respectively.




The Raiders' 2007-08 season consists of 20 events, including 11 duals and six large tournaments.