Agost leads Cavs in wins over LO, Canby
The senior standout has 19 kills in a three-game sweep of Lake Oswego
Clackamas High volleyballers continued on track last week, defeating Lake Oswego (26-24, 25-22, 25-15) and Canby (22-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-11) in two Three Rivers League matches on the road.
The pair of relatively easy wins left the Cavaliers (7-7, 3-1) trailing only top-ranked and unbeaten Lakeridge (14-0, 4-0) in the TRL standings heading into this weeks matches.
Clackamas was to play West Linn (6-5, 2-2) on the road on Oct. 1, and the Pioneers meet Lakeridge for the second time this Thursday, at Clackamas.
I feel good about our chances [in the rematch with Lakeridge]. Clackamas coach Jim Stultz said. We have been playing a lot better of late.... We need to pass serves better to have a chance [to beat Lakeridge]. But lately our passing is much improved.
Taylor Agost played a major role in last weeks wins. The 6-2 senior put the ball to the floor for 19 kills in the three-game sweep of Lake Oswego and she had 24 kills, with a .545 hitting percentage at Canby.
Taylors been amazing! Stultz said. She is dominating right now.
Caroline Combs played a strong game all-around at Canby, serving 100 percent with five service aces, hitting .250 and holding her own at the defensive end, with 11 digs.
Junior outside hitter Lauren OBrien had eight kills in the Lake Oswego match and 11 kills at Canby.
Junior setter Marissa Rhodes had 73 assists in the two matches.
I was happy with our offense, Stultz said, following the Lake Oswego match. We hit a seasons best .408 and only had five errors in 76 attempts.
I thought Marissa Rhodes did a great job locating her sets. Taylor and Lauren have really been a force at the net....
Bailey Bremer and Tara Deaver-Noblisse had 7 digs apiece. Emiko Kahler and Jensen Perrick both came through at the service line, each of them serving 11 points, with three service aces.
I like the way the team held their composure in both sets one and two, said Stultz. We were down 24-23 and won.
Stultz added: I feel like our team has turned a corner in the last week. We are beginning to pass better and play in system more. I am excited to see what the rest of the season will bring.
After dropping their first three Three Rivers League matches, the Oregon City Pioneers finally put things together last Thursday, dropping cross-river rival West Linn in five games, 25-16, 19-25, 10-25, 25-15 and 15-12.
Oregon City coach Syd Yamasaki said that serving and aggressive play at the net were keys for his Pioneers.
We strung some serves together in the first, fourth and fifth games, Yamasaki said. We changed our attitude after the third game. We played a lot more aggressively....
Junior middle blocker Corie Hammock served seven straight points, including match-point, to rally the troops in the final game.
Senior outside hitter Lindsey Keegan served seven in a row in the first game, and senior defensive specialist Erin Morris served five in a row in the fourth game.
Weve been working on serving a bit, and its starting to pay off, Yamasaki said.
The Pioneer coach said that Keegan also helped fire up the Pioneers in the final two games with her aggressive play at the net. Keegan had 15 kills in the match. Elle Verschingle had nine kills; Kylee Krug and Hammock had eight kills apiece.
Junior setter Kylee Krug was the team leader in assists, Yamasaki said.
It was Oregon Citys first win over West Linn since 2010.
Hopefully this is a turnaround for us, said Yamasaki. The girls are becoming more consistent. Were getting there.
The Pioneer win followed on the heels of a Sept. 24 loss to top-ranked Lakeridge, 25-18, 25-7, 25-8.
Oregon City begins the second half of the TRL season this Thursday, hosting Canby (1-3). The Cougars prevailed 25-23, 25-19 and 25-18 when the two teams mat at Canby in their league opener.
La Salle Prep last week continued unbeaten in the Tri-Valley Conference, cruising to relative easy wins over Molalla (25-13, 25-11, 25-13) and Gladstone (25-17, 25-16, 25-20).