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Clackamas drops West Linn and Lakeridge in 3

The Clackamas Cavaliers continued to rule in Three Rivers League volleyball last week, running their league record to 6-0 with wins over West Linn (25-20, 25-18, 25-11) and Lakeridge (25-16, 26-24, 25-23).

With their Oct. 2 sweep of West Linn, the Cavaliers finished the first half of the TRL season undefeated. Except for a five-game win at Lake Oswego on Sept. 25, the Cavaliers dispatched with all of their league opponents in just three games in first-round matches.

Clackamas coach Jim Stultz was pleased with his charges’ play in last week’s match with the Lions.

“I thought the girls played with confidence tonight,” he said. “Our goal was to limit our unforced errors, and we did that.... I’m pleased with our 5-0 start.”

Taylor Agost and Lauren O’Brien were dominant at the net, Agost with 14 kills and a .650 hitting percentage, and O’Brien with nine kills and a .500 percentage.

Hannah Stultz had 27 assists and four kills out of five attempts.

“Kiana Miller was amazing at the service line,” Stultz said. “She served with accuracy and speed and forced West Linn to play out of system most of the match.”

Miller served 15 points, with three service aces. She also came through with 12 successful digs.

Stultz said that serving saved the day in last Thursday’s three-game win at Lakeridge.

“We did not play well offensively,” Stultz said. “Our passing was off and we had too many hitting errors.... Our serving saved us. We only missed one serve.”

Shelby Violoncellos-Mattocks had a big day at the service line, going 19-for-19, with four ace serves.

Lauren O’Brien and Taylor Agost headed up the Cavalier offense, each of them with 14 kills.

Hannah Stultz was 12-of-12 serving, and she came through with seven digs and 34 assists.

Jim Stultz commended the Pacers for inspired play: “They played amazing defense and passed extremely well.”

The Cavaliers will have their work cut out for them next Tuesday, when they have a rematch with Lake Oswego, at Clackamas.

Pioneers bag a victory

The Oregon City Pioneers finally put it all together last Thursday and bagged their first Three Rivers League win of the season, defeating Canby in three games, 25-19, 25-13, 25-21.

“Our defense was pretty good, and when our defense is good, our offense comes around,” said Oregon City coach Syd Yamasaki. “We’re getting better, a little at a time, as we gain experience....”

Yamasaki singled out senior Sierra VeraCruz and sophomore Katlynn White for their play on defense, and he said seniors Mykala Rubey and Sylvia Lobuono “did a good job blocking.”

The loss avenged a three-game loss to the Cougars (25-15, 25-19, 25-18).

Kingsmen, Mustangs win

In Class 5A volleyball, Rex Putnam volleyers got it done, defeating Sandy (26-24, 25-17, 25-27, 25-10) and winning at Wilsonville (25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 26-24). The Kingsmen (4-4) were in fourth place in the Northwest Oregon Conference standings heading into this week’s matches with cross-town rival Milwaukie (4-6, 3-5) and with Liberty (11-2, 7-1).

Oct. 2 was a big day for Milwaukie. With an hard-fought victory over Wilsonville (25-21, 24-26, 13-25, 25-16, 15-10), the Mustangs bagged their third league win of the season. Its the first time since the Mustangs went 7-9 in the Three Rivers League in 2001 that a Milwaukie varsity volleyball team has won more than three league matches in a season. Prior to this season, the Mustangs had gone 4-128 in league over 10 seasons.

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