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Lakers drop five-set heartbreaker


The LO volleyball team battles back from a 2-0 deficit against West Linn

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Taylor Beckman goes for a kill against a West Linn blocker in Tuesday's league match at West Linn High School. 
The Lake Oswego volleyball team nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback on the road in its first league match of the season. After digging itself a 2-0 hole against West Linn, the Lakers rallied to win a pair of close sets to knot the match before dropping the fifth in a 25-12, 25-19, 21-25, 24-26, 15-12 decision.

Lake Oswego struggled in the first two sets and West Linn was clean and efficient on offense, limiting its mistakes and getting the ball to its top hitter.

After losing the opening set decisively, Lake Oswego fell behind in the second but, toward the end of that stanza, the Lakers started to find a rhythm.

Lake Oswego forced the Lions into some mistakes and steadily built some momentum despite falling behind 2-0.

The third set was much more competitive and neither team was able to gain much separation. The Lakers built a very slim lead and did a nice job defensively, refusing to let the Lions make a run.

After capturing the third set, momentum started to shift. The Lakers cut down on errors and improved their passing. Up front, the team's hitters began having more success against the West Linn block as well.

In a tense fourth set, Lake Oswego picked up another narrow victory and appeared to have things firmly in their favor with one set remaining.

However, West Linn regrouped and jumped out to a sizable lead midway through the fifth set. The