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Lakers top WL, set up showdown with Lakeridge

The top two teams in the Three Rivers League ready for their rematch

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Sarah Lewis looks to split a pair of West Linn blockers during the Lakers' four-set victory on Tuesday that moved them into second place in the TRL.Lake Oswego's volleyball team picked up its fourth straight league victory on Tuesday and it was a big one as the Lakers topped West Linn 25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18 to move past the Lions into sole possession of second place in the TRL.

The Lakers used strong defense and clutch play at key moments early in the match to pick up the win in its first showdown with the Lions this year.

Lake Oswego fell behind 10-6 in the opening set before mounting an impressive rally. Strong serving from Oliva Salita and two kills from Elise Anderson helped the Lakers win nine of the next 11 points to grab a 15-12 lead.

West Linn would tie the set at 17-17 but the Lakers were the more consistent team late in the stanza. An ace from Mollie Jarrett capped a three-point run to put the Lakers up 23-19 and the home team held on to claim the early lead.

In the second set, the Lions raced ahead again, this time jumping out to a quick 6-1 advantage.

But, in what looked like a mirror image to the opening set, Lake Oswego rallied back impressively. Lake Oswego got a kill and a block from Peyten Boutwell to tie the set at 12-12 and then back-to-back kills from Natalia Perry to build a 17-13 lead.

Perry was extraordinarily consistent at the net for the Lakers and came up with big kills at opportune moments all evening.

After West Linn rallied back to tie the set at 21-21, the Lakers won four of the next six points, two of which came on kills from Perry to go up 2-0.

But the Lions weren't finished. After coming out on the short end in a pair of closely contested sets, West Linn got the bounces in the third, fending the Lakers off down the stretch for a 25-23 victory.

The Lakers were in danger of yielding momentum to West Linn but rebounded to play some of their best volleyball of the night.

Lake Oswego seized control of the fourth set by scoring six straight points, two of which came on kills by Boutwell to go up 12-8.

And the Lakers never looked back. West Linn got within three points a few moments later but strong serving and a lack of errors helped the team pick up the win.

Lake Oswego also beat St. Mary's 3-0 last week, its third straight 3-0 victory and sits just one game behind Lakeridge in the standings.

Lake Oswego and Lakeridge play again tonight (Thursday) and the Pacers will look for revenge as their lone league loss came to Lake Oswego earlier in the season.

Lakeridge also continued its hot streak, sweeping Sherwood 3-0 on Tuesday. That came on the heels of a 3-0 victory over Tigard last week.

The Pacers haven't dropped a set in league play since their loss to Lake Oswego.