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Saints rally to win a five-set thriller

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood CC setter Erin Perry lets out a yell after her team claimed a point in the early going Friday.



NWAC VOLLEYBALL
South Region

Team Score
Mt. Hood CC
3
Clackamas CC
2


OREGON CITY — Mt. Hood CC rallied in the fifth set to score a thrilling five-set win at rival Clackamas CC on Friday night.

The teams couldn't be any closer heading into the finale after splitting the first 198 points straight down the middle. The host Cougars erased a six-point deficit late in the fourth set to take a 23-22 lead on a service ace by Hannah Wright, but Clackamas couldn't finish it off.

Instead, Mt. Hood's Acacia Kaaa hit a serve that gave the Cougars trouble, forcing a desperate return that went long.

Clackamas went up 4-1 early in the fifth set on another ace by Wright, but once again the Saints rallied to take a one-point lead at the switchover on a big swing through the middle by Hannah Snyder.

Mt. Hood maintained a slim lead the rest of the way, claiming the match on its first opportunity when Hunter Sterkel hit a flat serve that scrambled the Cougars defense, sending a player out wide to keep the ball up. Clackamas was left trying an attack out of the back row that got caught in the net, giving the Saints the finale 15-11.

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hoods Kaitlin Howard finds her spot in the front row during Fridays five-set win at Clackamas CC.


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

Look for expanded coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 13, print edition.