OIT volleyball loses contested rivalry game with SOU



KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Close, but no wins. It has been the problem plaguing Oregon Tech’s win-loss record all season long and it happened again Wednesday night at Danny Miles Court in a 25-11, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23 loss to Southern Oregon.

The Owls dropped to 10-15 on the year and 2-10 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play. OIT has only failed to win a set once in its last 11 matches and has scored at least 15 points in 11 straight 25-point losing sets.

Oregon Tech head coach Jason Corwin

Southern Oregon pulled away twice in the opening set, leading 11-6 before an Oregon Tech timeout. After OIT got two solid net plays by Krista Galloway, SOU was able to finish with a 25-11 final.

In the second set, OIT’s Kristen Walters scored 6 straight points to give the Owls a 10-7 lead. Tech built it to five before SOU closed the gap to 24-24. A Jen Saltenberger kill and a combo block by Joelle Swanson and Krista Galloway earned OIT a 26-24 win.

Owls junior Kayleigh Whelchel

Neither team distanced themselves by more than two points until SOU led 16-13 in the third set. The ending was close, but Southern Oregon claimed the set 25-22 when Liz Madden’s hit landed just in.

Good comeback by OIT before SOU claimed the match with a 25-23 fourth set.

Kara Young and Walters each posted double-digit kills, but Oregon Tech only landed two service aces compared to SOU’s seven. Haley Kasler and Mona Goudarzian posted 12 and 10 kills respectively.

SOU (14-8; 10-2 CCC) sits behind first-place College of Idaho in the CCC standings. Oregon Tech travels to Eugene to play Northwest Christian a week from Friday before facing Corban on Oct. 20.