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Bruins battle back to win playoff opener

Barlow shifts the momentum late in the second set to down Lake Oswego in four

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Kylie Baker, who would pound out match point, celebrates with teammates earlier in the night.

First round playoffs

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LAKE OSWEGO — Barlow’s volleyball team was in danger of a quick exit in the 6A playoffs Wednesday night after falling behind 21-18 in the second set at Lake Oswego.

The Bruins saved the day by scoring seven of the next eight points to claim the set and turn the tide in the match. Kaylee Ree clipped the tape for a service ace that brought Barlow even. Cassie Ingram blasted a kill down the line to push the Bruins in front, and Lake Oswego ended the set by putting back-to-back balls into the net.

The teams traded the lead 14 times over the final two sets, but Barlow gained the upper hand late in each to close out the 16-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-23 win.

The Bruins converted match point when Ingram saw her attack blocked back, but was able to dig the ball out of the net. Ree was quick on the scene and sent the ball to the other side of the court where Kylie Baker banged out a kill before the Lakers’ defense could shift into position.

Barlow (13-9) advances to play at No. 1 Jesuit (27-0) in a second-round match Saturday. The Crusaders swept St. Mary’s in its playoff opener, not allowing the Blues to reach double digits in any of the three sets. Jesuit has dropped only one set all season — that coming to MHC champ Central Catholic at the Clearwater Classic two weeks ago.

Look for expanded match coverage in the Friday, Oct. 31, print edition.

View a photo gallery from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.


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