Volleyball celebrates seniors’ accomplishments

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Lake Oswego volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with a 3-0 win against Lakeridge at home. Each senior was announced individually and was recognized by their parents, teammates and fans. The team also wore special, pink-themed jerseys in support of the night’s focus on breast cancer awareness.

Senior Julia Woolf started at the libero position. “It’s super emotional. It’s great to have all the senior energy,” she said about her experience after the game. Woolf is a four-year member of the program and has started for the team throughout the season. “Everyone was hyped to dominate Lakeridge,” she added.

Senior manager Ellie Tae also suited up and played with the team. “Being a manager was a different experience from a player, but it was still really fun,” she said. “[Senior Night] brings back so many memories. It’s sad, but also happy because I’ve had such a great time this year,” Tae said.

Lake Oswego has had a solid season, finishing with a league record of 8-6 after a 3-1 win at Tigard on Oct. 24. There was a major change in coaching staff following an incident with former coach Leejay Lee, but it didn’t shake the team.

“We’ve definitely had ups and downs, but the energy has been consistently good,” Woolf said.

Players are optimistic going into the postseason. “The team has been really good so far. We’re going into playoffs ready to play at our best,” Tae said. Woolf agrees. “We’re going to go out and leave everything on the court,” she said.

The team played their first playoff game at McMinnville High School on Wednesday, Oct. 30.