ASHLAND – Southern Oregon's defense was the story Wednesday night against Oregon Tech as it stymied the Cascade Conference's top attacker and enabled the No. 10-ranked Raiders to ease to a 25-21, 25-22, 25-15 victory at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
Taylor Ristvedt deposited 10 kills, Elliott Cook had nine and Makayla Hoyt had eight on 16 attacks in SOU's 32nd consecutive head-to-head win against its rival. The Raiders improved to 19-2 overall and 12-2 in CCC, retaining first place with their 10th win in 11 home matches.
Most impressively, they successfully slowed down Owls hitter Chase Bohman, who entered the match averaging five kills per set in CCC play. Bohman finished with nine over three sets – her lowest total in a conference match this season – to go with five errors on 30 attacks for a .133 average.
As a team, the Owls (9-12, 4-10) hit .081 with 32 kills and 24 errors. The loss was their seventh in a row, though the last three have been against top-25 opponents.
OIT setter Jaime Toedtemeier issued 28 assists with seven digs and libero Lindsey Sampson impressed with 13 digs.
Led by Cook and Hoyt, who got in on four apiece, the Raiders totaled eight blocks. Emma Ryan dominated the back row with 15 digs and Dani Johnson chipped in seven with five kills.
The Raiders attacked .210 behind setters Natalie James (23 assists) and Hannah Bogatin (12). Malie Rube added five kills on 11 swings.
SOU will have the weekend off before a trip to Portland to play Multnomah on Oct. 19 and Warner Pacific on Oct. 20.