Cougars Overpower Tigers to Pick Up First Win of Season

After opening up the season with three straight losses, Canby volleyball charged into the W column on Thursday with a league win in four sets over the visiting Tigard Tigers.

The Cougars began their week at Lake Oswego, falling to the Lakers in straight sets (18-25, 19-25, 16-25). After a tough outing, Canby made sure to step up from the opening serve against the Tigers.

The first set began with a 5-2 Canby advantage before outside hitter Samantha Vandecoevering stepped into the server’s position. Vandecoevering recorded an ace as the Cougars went on a 7-0 run to take a 12-2 lead and never looked back, running away to win the set 25-7.

The Tigers responded by jumping out to a lead of their own in the second set before winning the second 25-16. The pivotal third set was back and forth the entire way, with neither team taking control.

Photos courtesy Sarah Oliver.

Once again, Vandecoevering came in to serve with the Cougars leading 22-19. The senior delivered another ace before sophomore Chloe Annas delivered a kill that won Canby the set, 25-19.

The fourth set played out in a similar fashion, with the Cougars leading by a slim 13-12 margin. Once again, the team capitalized off Tigard miscues and took control of the set, outscoring the Tigers 12-4 to notch their first win of the 2021 season.

The win puts the Cougars at a 1-3 overall record, with a 1-1 league record. Canby will be on the road for the week, taking on Tualatin on Monday before heading out to West Linn to face a 2-0 Lion team. Both game times are set for 6:30 p.m.

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