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Pacers cruise in Civil War volleyball


Lakeridge stays unbeaten at midpoint of league

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Maddie Marshall finishes a kill during the Pacers' three-set victory over Lake Oswego last week. Lakeridge's volleyball team was quick and efficient in the first Civil War match of the season last week. The Pacers knocked off Lake Oswego in straight sets 25-18, 25-22, 25-16 to remain in sole possession of first place in the league.

Playing in front of a loud student section, Lakeridge jumped out to a huge lead in the opening game, winning 12 of the first 14 points.

The Pacers got strong serving from Emily Scott, as she tallied a pair of service winners in a six-point run.

But Lake Oswego slowly started to chip away, getting a pair of kills from Kendall Brock. As Lake Oswego's confidence grew, it got as close as 18-14, following a kill from Taylor Beckman and a stuff at the net by Amy Sohlberg.

However, Lakeridge regained control by winning the next five points with kills from three different players and closed out the set.

The Pacers jumped out to an early lead in the second set as well with strong play from Kacie Van Stiphout. She recorded an early kill and then a pair of aces to give her team a 10-4 lead.

The lead would grow to 16-7 behind three kills by Maddie Marshall before the Lakers rallied again.

Lake Oswego got a pair of service winners from Beckman and eventually tied the score at 20-20.

Lakeridge got kills from Marshall and McKenna Moore to go up 22-20 following a terrific rally but a pair of services errors helped the Lakers cut the lead to 23-22.

The Pacers were clutch in the final points of the set though. Samantha Howley came through with a kill following a terrific dig from Scott. On the next point, it was Howley who came up with a tough dig and Marshall put the set away with a tip over the net.

In the third set, teams traded side-outs early. Lake Oswego continued to set Beckman and she responded with kills on the team's first three points.

The Pacers got strong contributions up front from Marshall and Saskia McNairy and eventually built a 14-8 lead.

This time, Lakeridge wouldn't allow much of a comeback. McNairy and Howell each tallied a pair of kills to help the Pacers go up 23-13.

Lake Oswego showed no quit, winning the next three points, but that was as close as the Lakers would get as Lakeridge stayed unbeaten on the season.

Lakeridge would keep its win streak alive on Tuesday with a thorough three-set sweep of Canby 25-14, 25-19, 25-6.

Lake Oswego got back in the win column with one of its more impressive matches of the season. The Lakers also recorded a sweep, topping an Oregon City team that was fresh off a five-set victory over West Linn.

Lake Oswego played well to close out each set in a 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 victory to move into a tie with West Linn for third place.