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Volleyball team falls to No. 2 Lakeridge


After loss, Lions top Canby on the road in four sets

by: MATT SHERMAN - Brianna Dyrdahl hits a shot over the fingertips of a Lakeridge blocker during last week's home match against the Pacers. West Linn's volleyball team ran into perhaps the hottest team in the state last week, losing in straight sets to undefeated Lakeridge.

The Lions steadily got closer to the Pacers, who are currently ranked No. 2 in the state, but couldn't steal a set that may have swung momentum in the match.

Lakeridge was in control of the match early, jumping out to a lead in the first set and never giving West Linn much of a chance to rally. The Pacers' blocking and defense made it difficult for the Lions to sustain a run.

In the second set, West Linn hung with Lakeridge early, grabbing a 6-2 lead. The Pacers rallied back to tie the match at 9-9 and eventually went up 15-11.

The Lions stayed in contention, getting strong serving from Courtney Misner to cut the lead to two points. However, a pair of errors allowed Lakeridge to extend its advantage and seize control of the set.

Some strong blocking and digging on the back line allowed the Lions to get as close as 20-18 before Lakeridge closed the set by winning five of the last six points.

West Linn took a slim early lead in the third set as well, led by its steady middle blocking. In the middle of the set, the Lions started to feed serves to Savannah Davis and she responded, helping the Lions to a 13-11 lead.

The teams traded points midway through the match, getting a big kill from Shawna Erickson to force a 19-19 tie.

Another kill by Davis gave West Linn a 22-21 lead late.

However, three errors by the Lions in the final four points allowed the Pacers to rally and earn the sweep.

On Tuesday, West Linn got back in the win column on the road against Canby.

The Lions were on fire early on, taking a quick lead and winning the opening set 25-10. However, the Cougars rallied and took advantage of a slight drop in energy by the Lions, stealing a close second set 25-23.

The third set was another nail-biter, going back and forth but this time it was the Lions who came through late, winning 25-23 to regain the momentum in the match.

West Linn returned to form in the fourth set, never letting Canby take control again, closing it out 25-17.

The Lions are tied for second in the TRL with Clackamas and wrap up the first round of league play next week with matches against Oregon City and the Cavaliers.