Western Oregon Sweeps Southern Oregon, Improves to 7-1

9/11/2008

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MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Western Oregon University volleyball team earned its second straight three-set sweep as it defeated Southern Oregon, 25-16, 25-19 and 25-14, Thursday, Sept. 11, to improve to 7-1 on the season.

The Wolves out-hit the Raiders in each set as they posted a .272-.073 kill percentage advantage in the match. Sharon Peterson led WOU in kills with 10 on 16 attempts and only one error for a .562 kill percentage. Amy Herron once again led the team in assists as she posted 19 while Jorden Burrows added 16. Danielle English was the team leader with 16 digs.

"I thought we played just okay today," said head coach Brad Saindon. "I told the team that there are three matches in which everyone gets tight, the first game, the first home game and the first conference game, and we have been able to get through the first two with victories."

WOU played aggressive today as it was able to outblock SOU five to one and had all four of the match's service aces. The Wolves also committed 13 less kill errors (24-11) and four less receiving errors (4-0) than the Raiders in the victory.

Western Oregon began the first set by falling behind early 3-1 but then took 22 of the next 33 points for the 25-16 set victory. In the second set, WOU used precision serves Peterson and Stacey Bennett early to take a 5-2 lead which it never relinquished en route to a 25-19. SOU had closed the gap in the second set at 20-17 but the Wolves took five of the next seven points for the win. In the third set, Western Oregon got out to an early 11-4 lead then cruised to the 25-14 win.

"Every victory continues to build our confidence and our momentum," said Saindon. "We are just getting into the thick of our schedule and it is always good to continue winning."

This was the first home match for the Wolves who had played their previous seven matches on the road in tournament formats. This will be the first of three straight home matches for the Western Oregon volleyball team.

"It was great to have the chance to play Southern Oregon at home," Saindon said. "I was very happy that Southern Oregon could make it and I hope we can continue rivalries like this one in the future."

Next week is a big week for the Wolves as they face Zhejiang Kai Yuan volleyball team from China Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 3:00 p.m., and opens Great Northwest Athletic Conference play against Saint Martin's Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:00 p.m.

"After spending much of my career coaching internationally, I cherish the opportunity for our student-athletes to play an international match," said Saindon. "Volleyball is a major sport in China and we are going to see a very good team. It is both a great cultural and athletic experience for all the players. This is what the college experience should be about."

Article courtesy of Western Oregon athletics.

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