Clackamas and Lakeridge appear headed for a league co-championship

by: JON HOUSE - Clackamas senior Taylor Agost pounds the ball past the block of freshman Brooklyn Bevens (14) and junior Katie White (7) in last weeks match at Oregon City.The Clackamas Cavaliers last week took another step towards their fourth straight Three Rivers League volleyball title, upending Oregon City in an Oct. 8 match in Oregon City, 25-19. 25-16, 25-14.

The win left the Cavaliers (6-1) tied with Lakeridge (6-1) in the TRL with league matches remaining with Lake Oswego (4-3), Canby (2-5) and West Linn (2-5).

“Again, we passed serves well,” Clackamas coach Jim Stultz said of the match with the Pioneers. “We passed 2.10, which allowed us to run our offense.

“I am really happy with the team’s steady improvement on serve-receive. They have been working hard in practice to improve a little bit each day, and it is paying off. We have passed over a 2.0, which is our standard, almost every match for the past two weeks.”

Thanks to their on-target passing of serves, the Cavaliers hit .400 as a team against the Pioneers, led by junior outside hitter Lauren O’Brien (.667, 10 kills) and senior outside hitter Taylor Agost (.500, 15 kills).

Junior middle blocker/outside hitter Caroline Combs had a huge night at the service line, going a perfect 20-for-20, with five service aces. Combs also had a team-high eight digs.

Senior middle blocker Cassidy Scott had three blocks; junior setter Marissa Rhodes had 24 assists.

The Cavaliers close out the league season, hosting Canby this Thursday and West Linn next Tuesday.

Lakeridge and Clackamas were ranked third and ninth in the state respectively in last week’s OSAA power rankings. The Pacers last week ran their season record to 18-1 with a three-game win over West Linn, 25-9, 25-18, 25-15.

Oregon City, with last week’s loss to Clackamas, slipped to 1-6 in league. The Pioneers play West Linn on the road this Thursday and they host Lake Oswego next Tuesday in their final league matches. Oregon City defeated West Linn in five games in the first round of league play.

Competing in arguably the toughest Class 5A league in the state, the Rex Putnam Kingsmen put one in the win column last week, defeating Milwaukie for the second time this season, 25-18, 25-16 and 15-17.

The Kingsmen (3-7) also gave Liberty a run for its money last Thursday, taking the Falcons to four games in a losing effort, 25-20, 32-34, 25-11, 25-16.

The Northwest Oregon Conference had five teams ranked in the top 13 in the state heading into play this week — St. Helens third, Wilsonville fifth, Sherwood 11th, Liberty 12th and Sandy 13th.

Senior outside hitter Lexi Greenley had 11 kills for Putnam in the match with Liberty. junior middle blocker Jennifer Bowers had four blocks; senior defensive specialist Caprial Sides had nine digs.

by: CORY MIMMS - La Salles Taylor Shannon and Rachel Berger execute a successful block in last weeks match at Molalla.La Salle Prep’s volleyball team continued tough in Tri-Valley Conference play last week, winning three-game matches from North Marion (25-11, 25-11, 25-16) and Molalla (25-17, 25-11, 25-12).

The Falcons (6-1) have a key match-up this Thursday, when they entertain the league-leading Madras White Buffaloes. Madras (7-0) prevailed 29-27, 20-25, 25-23 and 25-22 in an Oct. 1 match at Madras.

La Salle and Madras were ranked 14th and 15th respectively in the OSAA power rankings heading into play this week.

La Salle concludes the regular season next Monday, at Estacada (4-3).

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