Roadrunners Continue Relentless Streak Against Clackamas
As the season winds down, the Roadrunners sit at an outstanding 21-9 overall and 7-2 in the South Division. The Beaks have won their past nine out of ten games and were only bested by the one loss Rouge Community College Ospreys, who are first in the Southern Division and one of the best teams in the NWAC. The Roadrunners picked up immediately where they left off, winning their next two matches by a combined set score of 6-0. The season has just seven total games left, and LBCC is looking to round off strong to secure a playoff spot, but that’s simply just the start of the ladder for the group, as an early playoff exit last season still stings.
Linn-Benton began this week against a mediocre Clackamas squad that sits at 10-18 overall with a 2-6 record in the conference. LBCC won their sets 25-18, 25-14, and finally 25-11, breaking down the Cougars throughout the game and finishing them off easy. Mitra Aflatooni led the team on offense with a strong 11 total kills and was complimented by a stellar 29-assist performance by Sydnie Johnson.
After successfully sweeping Clackamas, LBCC remained at home against the Clark College Penguins and kept the result just the same, sending Clark home with a swift sweep and winning their matches 25-21, 25-12, and finally 25-13. The Roadrunners high paced and quick scoring offense has teams reeling after the first and quickly knocks them out deeper in the set. Alexis
Chapman led the team in kills with eleven, followed by Ally Tow’s eight. While the Penguins are 10-17, they’ve had issues in conference, holding just a 1-8 record.
As the Roadrunners cap off an amazing stretch of play, they know the road only gets tougher as the season progresses into playoffs. They next face the Chemeketa Community College Storm (12-18, 5-3 conference) and are poised to keep up the stellar play. The Storm last faced LBCC on Sept. 20, which saw the Roadrunners winning 3-0. The top four teams in the NWAC South are the only ones who hold a winning conference record, so the standings aren’t that tight. Linn-Benton’s 7-1 conference record only looks to get better, but with matches against Lane (7-1 conference) and Rogue (undefeated in conference) coming up, we’ll see if the Beaks can make that final leap atop the standings.