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A little line-up tweak and a top-notch effort led the Canby High volleyball team in the championship game.

A little line-up tweak and a top-notch effort led the Canby High volleyball team to the championship game of their own 11-team tournament Saturday, Sept. 18.

Unfortunately, the success in pool and bracket play ran out in the finals, which Canby lost to Newberg in two sets.

"Everyone played well," coach Terri Jo Schlatter said. "We made some lineup changes that seemed to work well. We switched to a 5-1 (using only one setter) with Natalie Just, and she did a fantastic job. Atalie Leder moved to full time hitting on the outside and provided key offense for us."

Canby opened with pool play wins over David Douglas and Milwaukie, both in three sets. Then, in the championship bracket, the Cougars pinned a 25-19, 25-21 win on Ida B. Wells to advance. Next up was a battle with Barlow, which the Cougars scrapped and clawed their way to a win a 25-27, 25-17, 15-13.

"We faced Newberg in the finals and lost 15-25, 17-25, but the team played with a lot of grit," Schlatter said. "Newberg has an Oregon commit who was unstoppable, but the girls never backed down.

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Chloe Annas jumps for a kill versus Tualatin. Annas was Canby's leading scorer during the tournament over the weekend.

"Ava Carroll got her first significant varsity playing time and made a huge difference in our defense and ball handling," Schlatter noted. "Our leading scorer was Chloe Annas, but the whole day was truly a team effort. This team was scrappy and battled all day long together. And once again our tough serving was a critical component of our success. Key servers for us were Gabi Gray and Samy Vandecoevering, but literally everyone contributed from the service line."

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