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Lions net first league win

West Linn gets into the win column with a tough four-set victory over Canby


by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn senior Emma Jones looks to spike a ball over a Lakeridge blocker during last week's match. West Linn lost to Lakeridge in four sets but would rally on Tuesday to knock off Canby. 
The West Linn volleyball team picked up an important league victory on Tuesday, knocking off Canby in four sets 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-19 and the Lions hope that the win is one they can build on as the team continues to jell.

West Linn has been competitive in matches this season but wins haven't come easy. So after dropping their first TRL matches to Lake Oswego and Lakeridge, the win over a solid Canby team provided a boost for the Lions.

West Linn got strong performances from Caitlin O'Neil and Shawna Erickson at the net. Both hit over .300 for the match to pace the offense.

O'Neil and Erickson have been used heavily for West Linn this year and Neuberger is hoping some of his more inexperienced hitters can give the team a lift as the season progresses.

“With our other hitters we're hoping they can keep the ball in play and do some positive things to make it easier on Caitlin and Shawna and on our setters to know they have another option,” Neuberger said.

Neuberger has still been tinkering with his line-up and has been getting virtually the entire roster into most matches.

“We're subbing a lot of players in. Usually 12 to 14 girls have been getting into the match. It's a process,” Neuberger said.

Against Canby, West Linn was on a roll early in the match but outside hitter Dominique Evans went down with a sprained ankle which jolted the team.

West Linn held on to win the second game but errors started to pile up in the third game and Canby looked to seize momentum.

But the Lions rallied and played some of their best volleyball in the fourth set, taking command early and closing out the match in impressive fashion.

“Any win is a good win and the girls were pretty ecstatic to get this one,” Neuberger said.

West Linn lost in four sets to Lakeridge last week. After a strong start in which the Lions won the opening game, the Pacers rallied and never looked back on their home court, winning the next three games.

West Linn will play Oregon City tonight (Thursday) and will play in the South Albany tournament this weekend.




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