Canby sees its league losing streak reach five straight, though coach thought team played better

The Canby High volleyball team continues to struggle, dropping is fourth and fifth straight league matches during the week.

The Cougars fell at Tigard on Oct. 5 by a 3-2 score, then were blanked 3-0 at home against Tualatin on Oct. 7.

"Against Tigard, we handily won the first two sets and lost right at the end in the third set. Then the wheels fell off," coach Terri Jo Schlatter explained. "We had 16 ace serves, which is a lot, but got tight in the fourth and fifth set. We played better than we did last week (missing a starter), which is good, but it's disappointing to lose to a team that we have a chance to beat. We couldn't close it out."

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - The Canby volleyball team found the going tough last week, falling to both Tigard and Tualatin in league action.

Chloe Annas led the offense with 15 kills, while Atalie Leder added nine. Natalie Just dished out 33 assists on the night, while Carlie Lewis provided eight service aces.

"Against Tualatin, it was another team that I felt we could beat, but they were a little scrappier than we were and once again we got tight as they pushed back on us," Schlatter said. "Both nights, libero Gabi Gray played great in the backcourt and passed very well. Our hitters struggled with too many errors (28 total), but for the most part the girls battled, but just fell short of getting it done.

"Looking back at last week, compared to this week, though, even though we did not win, we did play better for the most part so that is what we will move forward with," Schlatter said.

Gray had seven digs against Tigard and nine more against Tualatin. Annas had 11 kills and RayAnne Schedler chipped in with eight.

Canby continues its league season with a visit from West Linn on Oct. 12 and a trip to St. Mary's on Oct. 14. They then head to the West Linn Tournament on Oct. 16.

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