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LO netters sweep Canby to open TRL play, Civil War next

The Lake Oswego volleyball kicked off the regular season in convincing fashion on Tuesday.

The Lakers made quick work of Canby, winning 25-12, 25-19, 25-12 in a match that enabled them to play virtually everyone on the roster.

Lake Oswego got off to a quick start in the match and never gave Canby much of a chance to get its footing.

"That was something we really wanted to start off with was a determined match," coach Christy Burnett said.

Everyone got in on the action as setter Abby Gray got the ball to her hitters, making sure a variety of players got touches.

"Abby distributed the ball really well and got everyone involved. She's been a leader on the court from that setting position," Burnett said.

The Lakers were also able to get multiple players in the game as they put the match away early.

"We're really deep. It's even hard to call it a bench with so many talented players. We're still trying to find a set line-up," Burnett said.

Lake Oswego's passing and serving was strong, allowing the team to limit errors and not give up any scoring runs to the Cougars.

"In high school and at the beginning of the season it's about working to be consistent and crisp so you can run your system," Burnett said.

The win continues a run of strong play by the Lakers. The team is also coming off a second place finish in the Aloha Tournament.

Lake Oswego knocked off Parkrose and Forest Grove in pool play to advance to the championship game against Clackamas.

The Cavaliers have also been playing extremely well early in the season and beat the Lakers in two sets to take the tournament.

On Tuesday Clackamas knocked off league power West Linn in three sets to perhaps establish itself as the early frontrunner in a wide open league

The Lakers will look to keep their mometum going and they gear up to host the first Civil War match of the season.

Lake Oswego takes on Lakeridge at home tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. The Pacers are coming off a hard-fought five-set loss to Oregon City.