Volleyball team gets back on track with pair of wins
The West Linn volleyball team got back in the win column, picking up a narrow five-set victory over Lake Oswego last week and then knocking off Canby in straight sets on Tuesday.
But coach Carl Neuberger is still looking for consistency out of his team as it enters its second round of league play on Thursday.
Against a strong Lake Oswego team last week, the Lions got off to a very strong start. West Linn passed well and got multiple kills from Caitlin O'Neil and Maria Green as the Lions captured the first two sets.
But Lake Oswego was able to regroup and capitalized on a growing number of West Linn errors to stay in the match.
The Lakers rallied to win the next two sets, which meant West Linn would play in its second straight five-set match.
Last week West Linn led in the fifth set against Lakeridge before the Pacers rallied for the win.
This time, the Lakers used their momentum from winning the previous two sets and took a slim lead in the fifth.
Eventually Lake Oswego went up 14-12 and had the Lions on the ropes. Neuberger called time out and the Lions won five of the next six points to rally for a 17-15 victory.
It was a big victory as it allowed the Lions to keep pace with Lake Oswego and Lakeridge in the league.
But, over the weekend, Lake Oswego would exact its revenge in the State Preview tournament, winning in three sets. In that match, it was the Lakers who rallied in the decisive set for a win.
"I'm not really sure what team I'm going to get from night to night. When we're on and we're focused we can play with just about anyone," Neuberger said.
Then on Tuesday West Linn swept Canby 25-19, 25-20, 25-21 but Neuberger described the win as "pretty ugly.'
Once again, unforced errors hurt the Lions as, in each of the three sets, they allowed the Cougars to make it competitive after West Linn had jumped out to big leads.
"It's a game of errors and ours are ones we should have control of right now," Neuberger said.
West Linn had six service errors in the third set but still held on for the victory.
Libero Emmalee Scheid had a strong night for the Lions, leading a solid match for the team defensively.
"On a tough night she was one of our most consistent players," Neuberger said.
The Lions will take on Clackamas on Thursday. The Cavaliers are coming off their first league loss of the year, dropping a five-setter to Lakeridge on Tuesday.
A victory at home will put the Lions right back in the picture for a league title.