The Lakers go up 2-0 on the Cavs but fall just short in a five-set thriller

The rivalry between Lake Oswego and Clackamas' volleyball teams has heated up significantly in the past two seasons and another exciting chapter was written on Tuesday as the Cavaliers were forced to gut out a 14-25, 22-25, 25-13, 25-18, 16-14 win.

After splitting the season series last year, the teams were eager to play each other in their first meeting on Tuesday.

Clackamas entered the match ranked No. 1 in the state by the OSAA but the Lakers were ready for the challenge.

Lake Oswego was focused and sharp early on, catching the Cavaliers on their heels early. The Lakers' passing was strong and the team was able to get the ball to its top hitters.

The Lakers' momentum continued into the second game with strong defense and precise passing helping the home team jump out to an early lead again.

Clackamas rallied back but the Lakers were able to hang on late in the game to take a commanding 2-0 lead.

“We did a lot of good things and capitalized on our opportunities,” coach Christy Burnett said.

However, the Cavaliers were far from finished. Clackamas looked like a different team in the third and fourth games, taking command of the third early and never looking back.

“They made the adjustments and we couldn't keep up,” Burnett said.

Clackamas continued to give their powerful hitters opportunities to score and Lake Oswego was knocked out of rhythm.

All of the momentum appeared to be in Clackamas' favor after the Cavaliers tied the match at 2-2. Clackamas would then take a slim lead in the fifth before Lake Oswego rallied to tie the score.

But the Lakers made some key mistakes in the final points, serving two balls out of bounds and making a hitting error that allowed Clackamas to survive.

“We made a few more errors than they did and that really was the difference,” Burnett said.

Lake Oswego will now gear up for another key TRL match when it hosts Lakeridge for the first time. Both teams are 2-1 in league and have been playing impressive volleyball so far this season.

“It's always tough dealing with a loss but we talked about needing to move on. Lakeridge is always an emotional match,” Burnett said.

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