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Volleyball teams primed for playoff runs

Lakeridge hopes for return to state tourney, Lakers finish regular season with a win

VERN UYETAKE - The Lakeridge and Lake Oswego volleyball teams opened the postseason on Wednesday and, with wins, would play again Saturday.The Lakeridge volleyball team has had an extended break but is eager to get its postseason run started.

After a bye last Thursday, the team has had more than a week to practice and rest up for what it hopes is another long playoff run.

Lakeridge finished the year ranked No. 7 in the state, accomplishing its goal of cracking the top-eight which would guarantee the team two home playoff matches.

“That was huge for us. I thought we might be in trouble because we lost a couple matches at the West Linn tournament but the rankings are so unpredictable,” coach Wendy Stammer said.

Home court should give the Pacers a boost as the team has been at its best this year when it can feed off an energetic crowd.

“If we can be that excited and communicative group I think we can beat anybody. We’ve spent the past week really working on a lot of team exercises,” Stammer said.

Lakeridge has been one of the more consistent hitting teams in the league, especially down the stretch. Deborah Brigman, Emma Slominski and Sidney Amos have all hit above a .300 percentage this year.

The Pacers hosted Aloha on Wednesday evening and, with a win, would take on the winner of Clackamas and Grant on Saturday evening.

“For us, it’s really all about energy and excitement,” Stammer said.

Lake Oswego also hopes to make some noise in the playoffs this year. After a dominant 3-0 victory over Tigard last week to finish up the regular season, the Lakers ended up No. 18 in the state.

The team took on West Albany on the road on Wednesday night but results were not available at press time.

A win would likely set up a showdown on Saturday on road against No. 2 West Salem.