A win over West Linn would give Clackamas at least a share of its fourth straight TRL title

by: JON HOUSE - Cassidy Scott (15)The Clackamas Cavaliers appear to be playing at the top of their game as they approach postseason play in volleyball.

They were all business last week, as they pushed their Three Rivers League record to 8-1 with convincing wins over then 10th-ranked Lake Oswego (25-15, 25-22, 18-25, 25-14) and Canby (25-21, 25-14, 25-22).

Tied for first place in the TRL, the Cavaliers were to conclude their league season on Tuesday (Oct. 22), hosting West Linn (4-5 in league). Lakeridge, which was also 8-1, was to meet Canby (2-7) in its league final.

With a win over the Lions the Cavaliers would claim at least a share of their fourth consecutive league title.

Ranked eighth in the state in the OSAA power rankings entering play this week, the Cavaliers will host a first-round state playoff game on Oct. 30, against a yet-to-be determined opponent.

Clackamas coach Jim Stultz said of last week’s win at Lake Oswego: “Another solid match for us. We played very consistent in sets one, two and four....”

Stultz noted that opponents are finding out that they cannot beat the Cavaliers by just slowing their top front-row player, Taylor Agost.

Agost had her usual night on the attack line at Lake Oswego, with 20 kills and a .462 hitting percentage.

But she got plenty of help from senior middle blocker Cassidy Scott and sophomore opposite side hitter Emiko Kahler.

“Cassidy had her best hitting match of the year,” said Stultz. “She hit .727, with eight kills. Emiko hit .556 for the match, with five kills. This was her best match of the season as well.”

Clackamas junior outside hitter Lauren O’Brien put the ball to the floor for 13 kills.

Junior Ally Atkeson was tough at the service line, serving 100 percent on 10 attempts. She also passed 2.11 and had eight digs.

Junior Caroline Combs led the Cavalier defense, with 21 digs. O’Brien had three blocks; junior Jensen Perrick had three ace serves.

“A total team effort,” Stultz said.

Agost and O’Brien had 13 kills apiece to lead the offense in last Thursday’s three-game sweep of Canby.

Kahler served tough, with six aces on 14 attempts.

Combs was at the top of her game on defense, with 14 digs and 2.55 passing.

Junior setter Marissa Rhodes had 25 assists.

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