Cardinals fight off a set point in the third game to finish off the sweep

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Corbetts Karina Lees celebrates after seeing a kill go down on the other side Tuesday night.

PORTLAND — Corbett’s volleyball team was cruising along in its Lewis & Clark League opener Tuesday night, crushing host Portland Adventist in the first two sets and holding an 11-3 lead halfway through the rotation in Game 3.

Then things got interesting.

The Cougars erased a nine-point deficit, relying largely on the heavy hitting of 6-foot tall middle blocker Hannah Stinson. She served up a six-point spurt capped by a service ace that bounced off a Corbett player and deflected off the back wall for a 23-22 lead.

The Cougars had hopes of extending the match, but Corbett fought off a set point when Alex Moskowitz made a save in the front row on a quick attack by the Cougars. The play kept the ball alive for Corbett’s Karina Lees to hammer home a cross-court kill to tie the score at 24-24.

Corbett went on to win the next two points, closing out the three-game sweep when Portland Adventist was called for a double hit.

“It surprised us, but it’s good for us to see some pressure early and show that we can dig our way out of it,” Lees said.

She led the Cardinals with 16 kills.

Other league winners Tuesday were Clatskanie, Oregon Episcopal and Catlin Gabel.

View a photo gallery from tonight’s match at …

Look for extended match coverage in the Friday, Sept. 14, edition of The Outlook.

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