Lake Oswego scores a hard-fought three-set win over the Pacers at home

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Heather Pippus knocks a kill past the Lakeridge block during Lake Oswego's win over the Pacers last week. Lake Oswego would knock off Central Catholic in the South Albany Tournament and advance to the semifinals over the weekend. The Lake Oswego volleyball team kept on rolling last week when it hosted the first Civil War meeting with Lakeridge.

The Lakers picked up a three-set victory, fending off a late rally by the Pacers to win 25-18, 25-14, 25-21.

Lake Oswego got off to a quick start in the match, serving tough to build a 5-1 lead. Errors by both teams kept the first set close before the Lakers started to distance themselves, going up 15-8.

Lakeridge rallied back with three straight points before a big kill by Lake Oswego's Taylor Beckman stopped the run.

Erika Treske then had a block and a kill back-to-back to help close out the first set 25-18.

Heather Pippus had a pair of early kills to give Lake Oswego a slim lead early in the second set.

Lakeridge responded with strong play from Kacie Van Stiphout to stay within striking distance.

But, again, Lake Oswego started to pull away in the middle of the set. Beckman was a force at the net and, after the Lakers built another 15-8 lead, Beckman's strong serving helped them build a 2-0 advantage.

Lakeridge wouldn't go away quietly, however. The Pacers went up 5-0 to open the third set, executing their offense well and finishing at the net with plays from Samantha Howley and Madison Marshall.

But Lake Oswego slowly chipped away at the lead, benefiting from some service errors by the Pacers.

A service winner from Beckman tied the match at 11-11.

Lake Oswego would go up for good when it got a kill from Beckman followed by another service error to lead 22-19.

The Pacers got as close as 22-21 after getting an ace from Emily Scott but two kills by Pippus and a big block helped the Lakers close out the sweep.

Lake Oswego then competed in the South Albany tournament over the weekend. Most notably for the Lakers, the team knocked off defending state champion Central Catholic in the quarterfinals in straight sets before falling to West Albany in the semifinals, losing 15-13 in a tough third set.

West Albany would go on to win the tournament with a straight sets win over Jesuit.

The Lakers swept Oregon City on Tuesday 25-14, 25-11, 25-20 while Lakeridge swept Canby 25-22, 25-15, 25-15.

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