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Laker volleyball tops Pacers as TRL heats up

LO's fast start leads to a win, just the Pacers' second loss in the TRL

VERN UYETAKE - Peyten Boutwell stuffs a ball over the net for Lake Oswego in the team's three-set win over the Pacers last week.The Lakeridge volleyball team only has two league losses this season but both of them are at the hands of rival Lake Oswego. The good news for the Pacers is that they're done playing the Lakers in the regular season and still hold a slim lead in the league standings.

Last week Lake Oswego put together one of its most dominant performances of the year against a Lakeridge team that was ranked No. 2 in the state heading into the contest.

The Lakers won 25-6, 25-11, 29-27, its second straight-sets victory over the Pacers this year.

It couldn't have been a much better start for Lake Oswego. After dropping the first point of the match, the Lakers rattled off eight straight points, getting two kills from Izabel Stofle and back-to-back aces by Olivia Shin.

After going up 10-2, Lake Oswego scored seven straight points again as Natalia Perry had two kills and a block in the stretch. At one point, Lake Oswego led 21-4 and three of Lakeridge's points came on service errors.

Two more kills by Morgan Hall helped the Lakers close out the first set and their momentum carried over into the second.

Lake Oswego fell behind 2-1 before quickly taking over again on Shin's serve. Lake Oswego scored eight straight points and then won eight of nine points late in the set to go up 23-9, taking a 2-0 lead in sets on a Peyten Boutwell kill.

To Lakeridge's credit, they were able to rally and nearly stole the third set. The Pacers' defense, led by libero Emily Scott was solid against Lake Oswego's big hitters. Lakeridge took advantage of some early Lake Oswego errors and went up 9-7 in the third set and then seemed to take control midway through the stanza.

Lakeridge won eight of nine points, getting strong serving from Summer Pearson and led 20-14. Lake Oswego would start to chip away, ultimately tying the set at 22-22. The Pacers had three set points but the Lakers were able to turn each of them away.

After tying the match at 27-27 on a nice tip by Perry, a kill from Stofle gave the Lakers their second match point of the game. This time they capitalized for the win.

With the victory, the Lakers moved briefly into a tie for first place with the Pacers. However, on Tuesday, Lake Oswego fell to Tigard in straight sets while Lakeridge beat Canby. The Pacers still lead the league by one game while the Lakers are tied with West Linn for second place.


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