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Pacers rip Cavaliers

by: Vern Uyetake, 
Lakeridge’s Lexi Ross goes high to put down a kill during Tuesday’s TRL volleyball match against Clackamas. Lakeridge won the match 25-11, 25-19, 25-22.

Anyone who took last Saturday's jamboree results to heart probably assumed that the Lakeridge volleyball team would have a down year this season. If the Clackamas Cavaliers were among the doubters, they wound up being sadly mistaken.

After going 0-7 in the Central Catholic jamboree, the Pacers bounced back to beat Clackamas in straight sets (25-11, 25-19, 25-22) in the league opener for both teams Tuesday night.

At one point during the jamboree, Lakeridge coach Wendy Stamer decided to change her lineup and then gave her team a pep talk.

'I told the girls, 'we're not here to win every game. We're here to play and try different things,'' the coach said. 'But I didn't feel like we got beat. I feel like we beat ourselves.'

The biggest problem was the team's passing, so the Pacers spent their entire practice on Monday fixing the problem. The extra work paid off as the Pacers looked to be in mid-season form against the Cavs.

Sophomore middle blocker Lexi Ross was especially effective, both at the net and on the back line. The Pacers also got big games from senior Kiersten McNairy, senior Sydney Aldrich, junior Sarah Grewenow and sophomore setter Allyson Miller.

'I'm super happy with the way we're playing right now,' Stamer said.