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Volleyball teams gear up for key matches

The Pacers remain a game out of first while the Lakers look to stay in the top-four

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Jordan Noble tips a ball over the West Linn block during last weeks match against the first-place Lions.The race for the league title and playoff positioning is heating up in TRL volleyball. Lakeridge continued its run last week, picking up a pair of victories over St. Mary’s and Canby to remain just one game behind West Linn for first place in the TRL.

St. Mary’s gave the Pacers a challenge in the opening set, threatening to claim early momentum on their home court.

However, Lakeridge seized control late in the set and made fewer errors at crucial points to pull out a 26-24 victory.

The Pacers were firmly in control for the remainder of the match. Lakeridge cruised 25-16 in the second set and then easily put the match away 25-20.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, Lakeridge took on a Canby team that has been steadily improving throughout the season.

Playing in front of its home crowd, the Cougars jumped on the Pacers early, winning the opening set 25-21.

However, Lakeridge would rebound quickly and dominated the remainder of the match 25-19, 25-15, 25-18.

Meanwhile, Lake Oswego still sits at fourth in the league with some crucial matches ahead of it.

The Lakers dropped a tough five-set battle to Canby last week and then had to take on No. 3 West Linn at home last Thursday, Sept. 29.

Lake Oswego got off to a strong start in the opening set, jumping out to an 8-2 lead against the Lions behind strong serving from Jackie Harmon.

However, West Linn rallied back quickly to claim the opening set 25-18.

Lake Oswego hung with the Lions in all three sets but West Linn was able to put together a big run each time to secure the sweep.

Lake Oswego got back in the win column Tuesday, Oct. 4, but it wasn’t easy against a Newberh team searching for its first league win.

Playing at home, Newberg jumped out to a quick lead and won the opening set 25-22, surprising the Lakers. Lake Oswego rallied to win the next two sets 25-17, 25-21 but the Tigers weren’t finished.

Newberg won the fourth set 26-24 and was fired up opening the fifth as it looked for the upset.

However, the Lakers did enough down the stretch to secure a 15-11 win.

Next up for Lake Oswego is a double-header against Sherwood and St. Mary’s.