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VOLLEYBALL - Portland Christian wins in five games
by: David Ball, Corbett's Mallory Spanjer goes up for a block against Portland Christian's Kim Hill during the Royals' five-game victory Tuesday night.

Portland Christian's volleyball team used a late surge to survive a five-game thriller against Corbett on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

After splitting the first four games, the teams traded leads twice in the finale. Corbett's Mallory Spanjer converted back-to-back points up front give the Cardinals' a 9-7 lead late in Game 5. But the Royals put together a four-point burst that put them in front to stay. Grace Johnson turned the tide with a deflection in the middle of the net that slipped past a row of Corbett blockers.

Portland Christian closed out the match when Heidi Webb made a diving one-armed dig in the center of the court, and Corbett's next attack sailed several feet wide.

'It is so crucial to keep balls up,' Portland Christian's Lindsay Reinhardt said. 'We worked together and never let up.'

The Royals' win forces a tie at the top of the Northwest League, as the teams share 10-1 records with two weeks left in the regular season. If both teams win out, they will play a tiebreaker match to decide the top seed into the district tournament.

Look for extended volleyball coverage in the Wednesday, Oct. 18, issue of the Gresham Outlook.