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SOU Volleyballers Blast Past Evergreen

October 2, 2004

The 15th-ranked Southern Oregon University volleyball team extended its home-court win streak to eight straight with a 30-14, 30-12, 30-17 romp over Cascade Conference rival Evergreen State College at McNeal Pavilion tonight.

Freshman outside hitter Jaclyn Hamilton-Smith keyed the Raider rumble with a collegiate-best and match-high 15 kills to help SOU (13-4, 8-1) take over sole possession of first-place in the conference standings.

The cellar-dwelling Geoducks, who had more attack errors (29) than kills (24), dropped their sixth straight match and fell to 1-13 overall and 0-9 in league play.

Evergreen trailed most of the evening but briefly took the lead in game three at 7-5 following a pair of kills from senior middle Meredith Lane. Lane finished with eight winners and three blocks for the Geoducks, and junior Kaylene Black compiled seven kills and nine digs. Senior setter Hanna Plunk collected 15 assists and 14 digs.

Next up for the Geoducks is Northwest College who defeated Evergreen 3-0 earlier in the season.