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Volleyball team snaps TRL losing streak


West Linn follows a strong showing at Clearwater Classic with win over Canby

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn's Hannah Rucker goes up for a block in Tuesday's three-set victory over Canby. The West Linn volleyball team kept its hopes for a first-round playoff bye alive Tuesday with a convincing three-set victory over Canby.

When the Lions faced the Cougars on the road earlier this year, they needed four sets to pull off a victory. This time they were barely tested and snapped a four-match league losing streak in the process 25-15, 25-22, 25-16.

West Linn set the tone for the match early. The Lions played strong defense and capitalized on a slow start from Canby to jump out to a quick lead.

West Linn never let the Cougars back into the first set, winning it handily.

In the second set, Canby hung with West Linn early. The Lions started to gain some separation midway through the set, feeding Savannah Davis on the left side and Davis responded with three big kills.

Leah Beyer also gave the Lions a boost with strong serving and some terrific digs on the back line, helping her team build a 19-13 lead.

Some poor communication by West Linn allowed Canby to stay in the set, closing the gap to 22-19.

However, a well-placed kill by Hannah Clarke and two finishes from Davis at the net clinched the second set.

The Lions made sure not to let Canby back into the match in the third set. West Linn went on an early run behind some solid play from Shawna Erickson and the Cougars continued to make unforced errors that made a comeback difficult.

Davis and Erickson both shined as the Lions built a 20-10 lead and the West Linn defense was able to close out the match.

West Linn's win over Canby comes on the heels of a strong showing at the Clearwater Classic in Mount View over the weekend.

West Linn scored a straight sets victory over St. Mary's and a three-set win over Bend during the tournament.

The Lions are currently 3-5 in league and just a game behind Lake Oswego for third place. The Lions finish out the regular season with matches against Oregon City and Clackamas.