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Blue Jays sweep Saints, close in on Valley 10 crown

Portland Lutheran faces a likely tiebreaker match with City Christian on Tuesday night to settle the leagues regular-season championship


by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Portland Lutherans Kiana MacPherson serves up a ball during Thursdays win at North Clackamas Christian.

OREGON CITY — Portland Lutheran’s volleyball team swept North Clackamas on Thursday night to stay in the chase for the Valley 10 League title.

The Blue Jays scored a 25-18, 25-21, 25-13 victory, facing their biggest challenge in the second set when the host Saints took a one-point lead in the middle of play. Kiana MacPherson used her jump-serve to spark a six-point run that put Portland Lutheran back in command. Kaitlin Howard helped the spurt along by pounding home a winner on the right side of the net, and scoring another winner off a tip shot from the middle.

North Clackamas had another chance to tie late in the set, but MacPherson planted a kill on the end line to stave off the threat.

The win puts Portland Lutheran and City Christian tied atop the standings with 12-1 records. Assuming both teams pick up expected wins Friday, they will meet in a tiebreaker match Tuesday night at Columbia Christian to determine the No. 1 seed heading into the league playoffs.

Look for extended match coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 23, edition.

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