Barlow falls to Oregon City in five-set thriller
Mt. Hood Conference
GRESHAM— The Barlow Bruins are known for protecting their home court, losing just a total of two matches in the last two seasons.
Oregon City knew what they were up against, and they didn't care.
"On any given night, anything can happen. It sounds super cliché, but it's true," Oregon City coach Leejay Lee said. "We have really been preaching that this year. (Barlow) is a fantastic team, but for us, we have been focusing on coming out at our best for every single match and stay in moment."
The Pioneers pulled of the stunning five-set victory at Barlow on Thursday night, defeating the Bruins, 25-17, 19-25, 25-13, 17-25, 15-13. It's the first time that Barlow has lost two Mt. Hood Conference games in a row since 2011— with the first loss coming against defending state champion Central Catholic in four games on Sept. 5.
"This is a different team. We have a lot of different parts, so losing two in a row is not the main worry," Barlow coach Jessie Mott said. "I don't care about losing at home. I care about when we don't come out strong and confident. I care about when we don't do our own jobs right."
It was clear that the Barlow confidence seemed to be shaken by Oregon City right out of the gate. The Pioneers got out to a 15-10 lead in the first set, before a monster kill by Barlow's Megan Sester put a brief halt to the Oregon City momentum.
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