Canby volleyball embarked on a mini road trip this week, traveling to Tualatin and West Linn. Unfortunately, after an impressive 3-1 win over Tigard the previous Thursday, the Cougars fell in straight sets to both the Timberwolves and Lions this week.
A Monday game against Tualatin saw the Cougs rally from an early deficit to take a 14-12 lead in the first set. Junior Carlie Lewis stepped up to serve, delivered an ace, and led Canby on a 5-0 run. Tualatin was able to counter, however, and finished the first set on a 7-1 run to win.
After a dominant second set saw the Timberwolves run away with a 25-12 win, the third frame was much more competitive. Senior libero Gabrielle Gray impressed for the Cougs, dealing two consecutive aces to tie the game up at 12.
Canby took advantage of a Tualatin mishit and penalty and was able to take a 15-12 lead. Sadly, it was short-lived, as Tualatin scored six straight to take an 18-15 lead. The back-and-forth tussle continued until Tualatin was able to squeak out a 25-23 victory.
The girls then traveled to West Linn Wednesday. The undefeated Lions have not conceded a single set this year, and that did not change against the Cougars. The Lions jumped out to large leads in all three sets and walked away with a convincing victory, taking down the Cougs 25-17, 25-12 and 25-14.
After a tough start to the year, the Canby youth movement has gained some experience and are showing steady improvement. The Cougs return home for a long, full-day tournament on Saturday where they will play four abbreviated, two-set games.
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