Katie Ross defeated Jenn Johnson 6-0, 6-0 at No. — singles and senior Rachael Malapit won the clinching match on Sunday to lead Southern Oregon University past Mills College 9-0 in the Raiders' final dual match Saturday at Oakland, Calif.




"It was sort of fitting that she was the deciding match," SOU coach Gail Patton said of Malapit, the team's lone senior. "Rachael's been a four-year player. Each year, she got better."




"One of the things I love watching is how they grow, not only as players, but as a person," said Patton, who completed her 10th season as head coach.




Heidi Chiles, Mallory Byers and Becca Weicher all rallied to win matches after dropping the first set. SOU finished the season 11-4.




Ross, a junior, was the Raiders' top player in both singles and doubles.




"She was a very good leader," Patton said. "She probably had more wins last year, but we played tougher competition this year."




Every Raider finished the season with a winning record.




SOU 9, Mills College 0




SINGLES &

Katie Ross, SOU, d. Jenn Johnson, MC, 6-0, 6-0; Heidi Chiles, SOU, d. Kathy Jetmil, MC, 4-6, 6-0, 10-7; Mallory Byers, SOU, d. Nikki Bannister, MC, 2-6, 6-3, 10-6; Becca Weicher, SOU, d. Lisa Kelly, MC, 3-6, 6-1, 10-7; Rachael Malapit, SOU, d. Alexa Turner, MC, 6-3, 6-0; Jen Voth, SOU, d. Vicki Harris, MC, 6-2, 6-0.




DOUBLES &

Katie Ross-Becca Weicher, SOU, d. Jenn Johnson-Lisa Kelly, MC, 8-0; Heidi Chiles-Rachael Malapit, SOU, d. Kathy Jetmil-Nikki Bannister, MC, 8-1; Mallory Byers-Jenn Voth, SOU, d. Alexa Turner-Vicki Harris, MC, 8-0.




College track and field




At Chico, Calif., Southern Oregon University's Jeremiah Lewman took first in the 400 intermediate hurdles Saturday at the Chico Twilight track and field event with a time of 55.12 seconds, a mark that bests the NAIA provision national qualifying standard.




Lewman was one of two Raiders to capture first place. Breanne Cochran took the top mark in the discus with a throw of 131 feet, 2 inches.




Other highlights included Jamie Wells' second-place finish in the pole vault (10-6 1/4), Stephanie Jensen's second-place finish in the javelin (126-6) and Adrianna Ricks third-place finish in the long jump (16-8 1/2).




Daniel Cecchini's mark of 6-6 in the high jump earned him second place and Cameron Kreuz took fifth in the 1,500-meters in 3:57.28.




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