Lakeridge volleyball battles Wilson in season-ending loss
There were a lot of good things that came out of Lakeridge's 2019 volleyball season.
The Pacers doubled their win total from 2018, climbed a couple rungs on the Three Rivers League ladder and played their way back into the Class 6A state playoff field.
Unfortunately, the good times came to an end on Wednesday, Oct. 30, when the Pacers lost their first-round playoff match to Wilson 25-21, 21-25, 31-29, 25-15 at Wilson High School.
"I am very proud of our team and our accomplishments this season," said Lakeridge coach Wendy Stammer. "After last year's eight-win season, we improved in every aspect of our game."
With the loss, the 21st-ranked Pacers finished their season with a 16-13 overall record after placing sixth in the Three Rivers League. Wilson, meanwhile, went on to lose its second-round match 25-12, 25-14, 25-19 at West Linn on Saturday, Nov. 1, to finish the season with a 24-5 record after winning the Portland Interscholastic League.
After splitting the first two sets with the Trojans — 25-21 for Wilson and 25-21 for Lakeridge — the two teams locked up in an epic third-set battle that effectively set the tone for Wilson's victory. The Pacers rallied from a five-point deficit late in the set and tied Wilson before the Trojans pulled away to win 31-29.
"We were evenly matched for sure. … The third game showed the equality of our two teams," Stammer said. "That (third set) was the turning point of the match. The momentum shifted to Wilson after that amazing third game."
In the end, Wilson carried its momentum into the fourth set and used that edge to win 25-15.
"We had a lot of aggressive swings on the ball, but struggled putting (it) away on Wilson's tenacious defense," Stammer said.
Junior Kendall Baldwin and senior Kally Lewis led Lakeridge in kills with 12 and 11, while sophomore Maddy Massari notched eight kills and recorded the highest hitting percentage of the night at .285.
Stammer also noted that her team's 16 wins came against 14 different teams, with all its losses but Wilson coming against TRL teams.
"A rebuilding process doesn't happen in one year, but we sure tried moving leaps and bounds this season in that process," Stammer said. "The Lakeridge volleyball program has a very bright future."
The loss to Wilson marked the final Lakeridge match for seniors Avery Ensing, Lewis, Katelyn Erickson and Maicy Wear.
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