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Daley McClellan had 30 kills as the Cougars improved to 4-1 in the Three Rivers League

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Canby junior Daley McClellan, No. 8, had 30 kills Tuesday against Lakeridge.

Canby sped up its game, and the result was a 3-1 win over Lakeridge Tuesday.

"We were running some faster plays that I think really caught Lakeridge off guard, and I feel like our blocking was a lot stronger," said Canby junior Caitlin Gay, who had eight kills and four aces in the victory. "We were pressuring them a lot more."

After Canby cruised to a 25-15 win in the first set, the Pacers won the second 25-17 to even the match.

"When you beat a team pretty easily, it's very common to come back out and feel like it's going to be easy," Canby coach T.J. Schlatter said. "Even though in the huddle I told them it's always harder. They're not going to give you as many points. You're going to have to work harder, expect to work harder and when they start to get points, don't panic, and we just didn't respond."

The Cougars did regroup to dominate the third set 25-13 and then win the fourth 25-20.

"We're a better team and that's exactly what should happen," Schlatter said. "We served really well and we had our middles going tonight. It's always an indication of our passing when we get balls to the middles. Overall, we played well enough to win."

Outside hitter Daley McClellan had 30 kills and three blocks. In the middle, Karly Bierma, had five kills and two blocks.

"Karly did a really good job tonight getting herself available," Schlatter said. "We've been working really hard on her transitioning and getting available and she did a really good job. That's a nice piece to see. We need to have a middle to open it up for our outsides."

Gabi Gray added four aces.

"I liked that we used all of our pieces tonight," Schlatter said. "We spread our offense out a little bit more."

The Cougars improved to 4-1 in the Three Rivers League.

"That's a super great start, probably one of the best starts we've had," Gay said. "I think it's because of our teamwork and how we've really bonded this year, and we're really working well together, especially our defense has really been coming out and our ball handling has really been improving."

Derek Wiley
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