MILWAUKIE - Last Thursday was huge for La Salle Prep's volleyball team.
The Falcons won a knock-down, drag-out match with Tri-Valley Conference powerhouse Estacada, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-13.
'Wow! What an exciting match!' said La Salle coach Liz Banta. 'We had a great atmosphere to play in, being that it was our youth night and breast cancer awareness match. The gym was packed and the student section was loud.
'The girls really pulled together and kept a consistent energy and focus throughout the match. Estacada has an excellent defense, and it was hard to put a ball away. Our middies - Ali Brown and Danielle Spirlin - played hard and really made an effort to get involved on every play.
'It was a great win and a confidence-builder for our team.'
The win left the Falcons (5-0) all alone atop the Tri-Valley Conference standings at the mid-point of the league season, one match up on Estacada (4-1).
Brown and Spirlin headed the offensive fireworks in last Thursday's showdown with the Rangers. Brown put 12 balls down for kills, and Spirlin came through with 10 kills.
Amanda Summers and Caitlon Vu kept the offense firing on all cylinders. Summers had 27 assists and Vu, 15.
Lizzy Ressler (15 digs), Meghan Studdard (13 digs) and Gaby Timmen (9 digs) headed the defense.
Thursday, Oct. 6, was also a good night for Gladstone. The Gladiators notched their first league win, dispatching with Molalla 25-19, 21-25, 27-25, 25-18.
In Class 5A, last Thursday was an historic night for Milwaukie, as the Mustangs took care of business with cross-town rival Putnam 25-20, 25-13, 25-20.
'It was our first home win in more than eight years,' said Milwaukie coach Frank Maynard. 'Strong serving from Shelby Sharron and Amandakae Blauser helped kill leaders Brynelle Bremner and Alexis Noren control the match.
'Defensively, Autumn Krumm and Alina Munoz kept the ball off the floor; Ellie Bahlburg and Marie O'Brien stopped the ball at the net with their blocking…
'Rachael Getty stepped in for Alina after she was injured in the second set and helped keep the defense playing at a high level.'
Maynard added, 'The team has improved in consistency and cohesiveness, and I'm sure they'll continue to get better.'
Maynard said that his Mustangs beat the Kingsmen at the jayvee and freshmen levels as well.
And Maynard noted that his jayvee team sports a 5-2 record in league.
In Class 6A volleyball, it was a tough week for Clackamas in Three Rivers League play, as the Cavaliers dropped two matches on the road.
After losing a five-game match to Lakeridge on Oct. 4 (25-23, 25-19, 14-25, 17-25, 15-9), the Cavaliers dropped a heartbreaker at West Linn on Oct. 6, 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 21-25, 15-8.
The pair of losses left the Cavaliers (4-2) in a four-team logjam with Lake Oswego (4-2), Lakeridge (4-2) and West Linn (4-2) for first place in the six-team TRL.
Stultz said of the Lakeridge match, 'Lakeridge played us very tough. We were a little off our game, and they are a very good passing team.'
He said of the loss at West Linn: 'West Linn served us very tough and they were able to break down our passing….'
Clackamas senior Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks had 22 kills in the loss to Lakeridge; Anna Chizum had four service aces.
Vasconcellos-Mattocks had 20 kills and three blocks in the West Linn match; Chizum had four service aces.
The Cavaliers bounced back on Saturday, winning their fourth straight weekend tournament. They defeated tournament host Westview (19-25, 25-22, 15-11) in the final, after advancing through wins over third-ranked Aloha and fifth-ranked Sprague.
Hannah Stultz served 10 in a row to rally the Cavaliers to victory in the third game with Westview.
Despite their pair of losses in league, the Cavaliers finished last week ranked No. 2 in the OSAA rankings. West Linn and Lake Oswego were ranked eighth and 10th respectively.
Oregon City (2-4) dropped a pair of league matches last week, losing at Lake Oswego (21-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-14), and to Lakeridge (25-22, 25-18, 25-8).