Top-ranked and two-time defending National Champion Fresno Pacific swept host Southern Oregon 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 in the opening-day finale of the second annual Raider Classic.
Top-ranked and two-time defending National Champion Fresno Pacific swept host Southern Oregon 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 in the opening-day finale of the second annual Raider Classic Friday at McNeal Pavilion.
Fresno Pacific improved to 2-0 on the season and SOU fell to 1-1. Earlier in the day, the Raiders kicked the four-team tournament with a four-game win over Concordia, and later Concordia defeated Oregon Tech 25-21, 13-25, 25-20, 17-25, 15-11.
On Saturday, Fresno Pacific takes on Concordia at Noon and Southern Oregon faces Oregon Tech at 2 p.m.
Martina Gregusova had 14 kills and two aces to lead Fresno Pacific against Southern. Leah Bergstrom had six kills for the Raiders.
Game 3 started off as a battle before the visitors regained their championship form. The Raiders stood toe-to-toe with the Sun Birds at 13-13 before the Sun Birds scored eight of the next nine points to put the match away.
Leanne Stennett had eight digs for the Raiders.
The loss came hours after SOU's impressive season-opening win over Cascade Conference rival Concordia. The Raiders overcame a sluggish first set to knock off the Cavaliers 18-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-23.
Fresno Pacific also rolled in its first match, trouncing Oregon Tech 25-8, 25-16, 25-15 in just 61 minutes.
Five aces in six attempts by Concordia's Raluca Dinca helped the Cavs take the first game against SOU, but it was all Raiders after that.
Megan Bartling got the ball rolling for the Raiders in the second game with a pair of kills for a 5-0 lead. Another Bartling kill pushed the lead to 18-12.
In the third game, the Raiders rattled off seven straight points to take a 20-9 lead, highlighted by kills by Stennett, Bergstrom and Heather Porter.
In the final game, SOU hit just .094 but still came away with the victory.
Freshman Chelsea Hartman made the most of her first collegiate action, recording a match-high 12 kills and Stennett added 11. Redshirt freshman setter Angela Spieker and freshman setter Caryn Westrick both had 22 assists for the Raiders.