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Tough serves help team top Tigard, but then they fall to Tualatin and West Linn

After picking up its initial league win Sept. 9, the Canby High girls volleyball team found the conference trail toughen up this week, dropping a pair of matches.

Canby 3, Tigard 1

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Atalie Leder serves the ball during the Tigard matchup, during which she recorded six aces.The Cougars took the measure of the Tigard Tigers on Sept. 9. The Cougars served well in the match, getting six service aces from Atalie Leder and four more from Samy Vandecoevering to lead the way.

Offensively, the Cougars recorded 25 kills overall, 12 of those coming courtesy of Chloe Annas. RayAnne Schiedler had four kills and Leder added three and 11 assists on the night. Natalie Just had 14 assists to keep the offensive humming.

"Tough serving was the difference in the match," coach Terri Jo Schlatter said. "We kept Tigard out of system and played a smart match with fewer errors than the Tigers. It was a real confidence boost to get our first win and know that we can be competitive."

Tualatin 3, Canby 0

Canby went on the road Sept. 13 and found the going tough against Tualatin, falling by 20-25, 12-25 and 23-25 scores.

"Despite not playing our best match, we felt like we were right there in the match most of the time," Schlatter said. "Tualatin is a very scrappy team and just didn't make a lot of errors. We make a lot of errors, but are working on making them good errors versus bad errors. Eventually those good errors will be corrected and start resulting in points. So it's a work in progress."

Senior Gabi Gray led the service game with six of the team's seven aces on the night. Annas led the Cougars in kills with nine, while Leder chipped in with five. Just had 11 assists and Leder chipped in with nine more for the offense.

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Chloe Annas sends the ball to the Tigard side Sept. 9. During the match, she recorded 12 kills.

"Overall, our team had 42 digs on the night," Schlatter said. "Samy Vandecoevering had a team high of 10 digs, Carlie Lewis had seven and Atalie Leder had six.

"Everyone contributed on the defensive end," the coach said.

West Linn 3, Canby 0

"We were overmatched against West Linn, who should be a contender for the league and even a state title," Schlatter said. "But I was proud of our team. They didn't back down ever during the match. Our goal was to at least earn double digits, which we did in every set. Many of those were from hanging in in the rallies and letting West Linn make some errors.

The Lions would go on to beat the Cougars by a 17-25, 12-25 14-25 score.

Annas had four kills, three digs and two service aces; Leder added four assists, three digs and an ace; Vandecoevering had four digs and a service ace; while Jordan Bloedel had the only block of the match up front.

"We are redefining what success means for us," Schlatter said. "Being competitive the whole match, making smart plays, working together throughout the whole match, serving tough to get the other team in trouble, are all ways that we can be competitive in these matches and put ourselves in a position where we can get a win."

The Cougars host an 11-team tournament during the weekend, then get back into league play Sept. 21 and Sept. 23 with home matches against St. Mary's and Oregon City, respectively. Match times are 6:30 p.m.

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