Barlow advances to second round showdown with rival Gresham

6A VOLLEYBALL - Bruins overcome a five-point deficit in opening set vs. Lincoln
by: David Ball Barlow's Kassy Tuma battles Katarina Moffett of Lincoln for a ball over the net during the Bruins three-game sweep in Wednesday's first-round playoff match.

Barlow's volleyball team turned back an early scare against Lincoln in the first round of the OSAA 6A playoffs Wednesday night and dispatched the Cardinals with a three-set sweep.

Lincoln moved out to a five-point lead in the opening game only to see Barlow surge into the lead 23-16 behind an eight-point service run by Lihau Perreira.

The Bruins won 11 of the last 13 points, securing set point when Margaret Paul sent a hard-hit ball cross-court to scramble the Lincoln defense, leaving the middle wide open for teammate Meg Marlett to convert set point.

The Bruins went on to win the match 25-18, 25-10, 25-21, setting up a Saturday showdown with cross-town rival Gresham at 5 p.m. The winner will punch a ticket to next week's 6A state tournament.

• In other first-round action involving MHC teams…

Gresham swept Lakeridge in three sets.

Lake Oswego beat Reynolds in five sets.

Century swept St. Mary's in three sets.

Look for extended first-round coverage in the Nov. 5, edition of The Outlook.