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Cougars passing fails them in fourth and fifth sets of Three Rivers League battle

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Canby junior Daphne Kropf hits the ball over the net Tuesday night at Oregon City.

OREGON CITY — Canby was on its way to second place in the Three Rivers League.

And then the wheels fell off.

After the Cougars won the third set 25-23 on a Daley McClellan kill to take a 2-1 lead, Oregon City stormed back to win the fourth and fifth sets, and the match 3-2 Tuesday night.

"We lost the ball handling battle," Canby coach T.J. Schlatter said. "We stopped passing. We just got tight and tense and as the ball is not passed well then that causes the chaos. For whatever reason our passing dropped way down. And they were serving tough, but we stopped passing well. We were out of system and playing catch up the whole time."

The Cougars won the first set 25-22 and Oregon City took the second 25-23 to even the match.

But neither the fourth or fifth sets were close with the Pioneers winning convincingly 25-11 and 15-8.

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Canby senior Natalie Doman hits the ball past two Oregon City blockers.

"You're starting to play not to lose instead of playing to win," Schlatter said. "This was definitely a more tense feeling for whatever reason. The setter (Ruby Kayser) was running all over the floor trying to throw something up. I like to use Ruby as a hitter, but when we're not passing well, I need her setting because she's fast and she runs down all that crazy stuff. Maybe we were fatigued. That's also a possibility when you start losing your discipline and technique."

McClellan led Canby's attack, finishing with 33 kills and four aces. Kayser had 49 assists.

With the win, Oregon City improved to 7-2 in the Three Rivers League, while Canby dropped to 6-3.

"They (Oregon City) dug so many balls that I think it frazzles us a little bit," Schlatter said. "We usually rely on a player or two to put the ball away and now the ball is coming back. I don't know that we handled that well. They don't have a lot of weaknesses so it's hard to defend them, and they're scrappy as heck."


Derek Wiley
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