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Inaugural season on the sand

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Beach Volleyball at SOU

ASHLAND, Ore. -- Southern Oregon University announced the addition of a beach volleyball program to the university back in December 2021. 

Along with the new sport, the Raiders also welcomed back an old hall-of-fame coach to lead the program. Paul Elliott earned the title of winningest volleyball coach in SOU history after he led the indoor team from 1991-2006. During that time, Coach Elliott compiled a 381-166 record. 

"His character, experience and dynamic coaching style are a perfect fit for us," SOU's Athletic Director, Matt Sayre, said. 

Elliott now takes on a new challenge, expanding the sport of beach volleyball to the Southern Oregon community. The team began play in the middle of February when they faced Bushnell in Salem. Since then, the Raiders have a 3-5 overall record.

"We're just trying to grow. We're new to this. We have one or two viewers who have this kind of experience out of all of us. So, we're just looking to continue to grow and get better," Elliott said. 

You can catch the Raiders on the sand Saturday morning in Eugene when they take on Corban. 

Madyson Marie is a sports anchor/reporter at NewsWatch 12. You can reach Madyson at

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