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Cavaliers make it a 4-peat in volleyball

Clackamas volleyballers go 9-1, bag a fourth straight TRL title


The Clackamas Cavaliers made quick work of West Linn in last week’s Three Rivers League volleyball final, cruising to a three-game win over the Lions, 25-12, 25-10, 25-19.

“Our girls were in control from start to finish,” said Clackamas coach Jim Stultz.

With the win, the Cavaliers finished 9-1 in the TRL, earning themselves a tie with Lakeridge (9-1) for the league title. It’s the fourth straight league title for the Cavaliers, who won the league title outright last fall, and were co-champions in 2010 and 2011.

“[Winning four consecutive league titles is] an awesome accomplishment,” said Clackamas team co-captain Bailey Bremer. “Especially with Lakeridge in our league, and their being ranked above us. To lose our first league match [to Lakeridge] and go forward from there to win out and be league co-champions, I think that’s a really big deal.”

“I think it’s awesome, because it reflects on our program and how we have such a great program and such a strong team,” said co-captain Shelby Torgerson.

“I think it’s really incredible,” said Clackamas senior co-captain Taylor Agost. “I just started playing volleyball my freshman year. It feels really amazing to be part of this, and I’m very proud of everything we’ve done.”

“Our passing has really improved since the start of the season,” said Clackamas coach Jim Stultz. “Our offense is running really smoothly now, which is what you want when you get to this point in the season. The girls have a great mindset. They’re playing with confidence. Everyone knows their role and they are ready for the playoffs.”

Taylor Agost (13 kills), Cassidy Scott (6 kills), Lauren O’Brien (5 kills) and Caroline Combs (5 kills) led a balanced offense in last week’s win over the Lions.

Combs was tough at the service line, with 18 on-target serves and three service aces.

Combs also excelled on serve-receive, with 12 digs.

Marissa Rhodes had 22 assists.

Ranked seventh in the state in Class 6A, the Cavaliers begin postseason play tonight, when they host a first round-match of the state playoffs. With a win they’d host a second-round state playoff match on Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Class 6A State Tournament.

The Cavaliers placed third at last year’s state tournament; they were fifth in 2011.

“I feel if we work our hardest, we could [win state this year],” said Agost. “We’ve competed with the top teams in tournaments and I know we’re capable of beating them.... Working hard at practice will be big. And everyone just has to want it.”

“It’s going to come down to being consistent, endurance and focus — on every point,” said Bremer. “Also, how bad we want it.”

“I know we have the talent and ability to compete with the top teams [and win state],” said Torgerson. “I just hope the rest of the girls on the team believe we can.”

If results of last Saturday’s state play-in round mean anything, Clackamas will fare well in postseason play. All three TRL teams in the play-in round won their matches in three games. Oregon City defeated Tualatin (25-19, 25-19, 25-14), West Linn defeated Hillsboro (25-10, 25-10, 25-22) and Canby defeated Westview (25-13, 25-16, 25-14).




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