Cavs are now the only unbeaten team in TRL volleyball

The Clackamas Cavaliers escaped Lake Oswego with a 3-2 victory in a key Three Rivers League volleyball match-up on Sept. 25.

It was the first loss of the season for the Lakers, after nine straight wins.

After losing the first two games, 25-14 and 25-22, the Cavaliers bounced back to win the next three, 25-13, 25-18, 16-14.

“The match started out slow for us and it was by far our worst offensive performance of the season....,” said Clackamas coach Jim Stultz. “We finally got our offense going in sets three, four and five. It was a great test for our team, being down 0-2 and coming back. They kept their composure and did what great teams do. They never gave up.”

Stultz commended his daughter for her contributions to the win: “Hannah had an amazing night. She led our team in hitting with six kills out of 10 attempts, had 38 assists, 12 digs and was 13-for-13 at the service line, with two aces.”

Taylor Agost had a team-high 22 kills, but it was with a mediocre .333 attack percentage.

Stultz praised libero Kiana Miller for her passing, “which kept us in system and allowed us to run our offense.” And he lauded Caroline Combs for her efficiency at the service line. Combs served an ace on match-point.

The Cavaliers continued on track last Thursday, upping their Three Rivers League record to 4-0 (13-3 overall) with a decisive victory over Canby (25-14, 25-14, 25-12).

Agost (9 kills) and Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks (8 kills) led a balanced offense. Hannah Stultz was 15-of-15 serving, with three aces. Combs (14-of-15) and Kiana Miller (14-for-15) came through with six service aces between them.

Mustangs rally to put

one in the win column

Milwaukie (3-6, 2-4) finished last week tied with Putnam (2-7, 2-4) and Sandy (2-7, 2-4) in fourth place in the Northwest Oregon Conference volleyball standings.

The Mustangs split in conference action last week, dropping a heartbreaker to Parkrose, after earning an hard fought win over Sandy earlier in the week — 11-25, 9-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-3.

“I don’t know what happened [in the first two games],” said Milwaukie coach Jennifer Toynbee. “The first two games it was deer-in-the-headlights.”

Toynbee gave an inspirational talk and made some changes in her lineup after the second game, and her Mustangs responded.

Toynbee singled out Brynelle Bremner, Emily Gabrish and April Meads for their serving in the turnaround, and she praised Bremner and Alexis Noren for their play at the net.

“Brynelle had some giant kills and Alexis had several really good blocks,” Toynbee said.

Bremner put 12-of-14 attacks down for kills.

Meads served the Mustangs to a 9-0 lead in the final game of the match.

Although she was pleased with the victory over the Pioneers, Toynbee said, “I’m not satisfied. We should have done it in three games.”

Last Thursday’s game at Parkrose went down to the wire, with the Mustangs losing in five games, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, 17-25, 15-10.

La Salle volleyballers

continue on track

In Class 4A, La Salle and Madras continued unbeaten in the Tri-Valley Conference, the Falcons winning three-game sets over Molalla (25-19, 25-20, 25-16) and Gladstone (25-9, 25-13, 25-9), and the White Buffaloes dispatching with Gladstone (25-22, 25-13, 25-14) and North Marion (25-19, 25-11, 25-11) in three games.

La Salle coach Liz Banta commented following the win at Molalla, “We are still not playing to our full potential, but we are definitely seeing some streaks of greatness.”

Banta said that Danielle Spirlin led the offense at Molalla with eight kills. She had Gaby Timmen with a team-leading 12 digs and Lauren Danna with 15 assists.

Timmen headed up the effort in the win over Gladstone with five service aces.

“It was the most consistent we have played all season,” Banta said.

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