by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Milwaukies Morgan Webster looks for a ball in the front row during Thursdays three-set loss to Sandy.Milwaukie’s volleyball team put up a fight in the middle set Thursday, but couldn’t turn back an improved Sandy squad that finished the night with a sweep.

The Pioneers were unchallenged in the opening set, breaking out to a 17-4 lead and going on to close it out 25-10 on three straight points off Kayla Anderson’s jump serve.

Milwaukie put up a better fight in the second set, which saw it claim the first four points. Morgan Webster set the tone on the first volley with a kill off a Sandy block on the right side, while teammate Alyson Andreasen-Williams followed with a service ace.

The Mustangs kept up the scoring spurt when Sydney Antol chased down a difficult ball and bumped it over the net, catching Sandy off guard. The Pioneers were called for a four-hit penalty, giving the point to the Mustangs.

Milwaukie maintained a slim lead into the middle stages of the set when Andreasen-Williams banged a kill down the line to make it 11-7.

Sandy charged back behind a six-point service run by McKenzie Nolin and took command 19-13 after Allie Crane hammered a kill through two Milwaukie blockers. The Pioneers would go on to take the set 25-18 and would finish the match by a 25-12 count in the finale.

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