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LO netters drub Cavs, stay tied for 1st

It's rare for anyone to have a shot at the Three Rivers League volleyball title heading into the final week of the regular season.

West Linn has owned the league for years and, even in the past few seasons where they haven't been quite as dominant, the Lions have found a way to come out on top.

But, with two matches remaining, Lake Oswego finds itself tied with West Linn for first in the league and squared off with the Lions tonight (Thursday) at home on senior night.

A win would give the Lakers a one-match lead in the standings with just one remaining match against Oregon City next week.

Earlier this year, West Linn knocked off Lake Oswego in five sets. The Lakers battled back from a 2-0 deficit but lost the fifth set 18-16.

However, Lake Oswego has beaten West Linn in a tournament this season.

"The scores would definitely indicate that we're pretty even. It's going to come down to whoever limits errors," Laker coach Christy Burnett said.

The Lakers are in this advantageous position because of an impressive straight sets victory over Clackamas on Tuesday making up for a loss to the Cavaliers earlier in the season.

After getting off to a strong start this year, Clackamas has struggled of late, dropping three of its last four league matches.

On Tuesday Lake Oswego was steady and consistent and took advantage of Clackamas miscues for a convincing 25-21, 25-21, 25-16 win.

Lake Oswego took control late in the opening set. After a back-and-forth battle the Lakers were steady in the set's final 10 points to pull away for the win.

Clackamas responded by jumping out to a lead early in the second set but the Lakers rallied back impressively.

Lake Oswego was defensively sound all match long and carried its momentum to a victory and a 2-0 lead.

"We played heads up defense all night and that was a difference from our first match with (Clackamas)," Burnett said.

The Cavaliers were rattled and couldn't come up with an answer for Lake Oswego in the third set.

Once again multiple hitters got into the action for the Lakers as setter Abby Gray spread the ball around.

"With so many hitters we can be a pretty hard team to come back on," Burnett said.

As a team Lake Oswego hit at a very strong .290 percentage and got a very solid effort in the middle from Erika Treske.

The Lakers continued to execute well and played with confidence to close out the important match, moving ahead of Clackamas in the standings.

"I think our streak of playing well helped us in the match with our confidence," Burnett said.

Lake Oswego will host West Linn tonight at 6:30 p.m.

"We have eight seniors so we know it's going to be an emotional game," Burnett said.