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Canby volleyball squad overcomes injuries to battle Lakeridge tough in season finale as season closes

Playing in one of Class 6A's toughest league, the Canby High volleyball team has had a battle on its hands match after match.

The Cougars (2-12 in league play) finished up its season Oct. 20 with a 1-3 loss to visiting Lakeridge. The Cougars fell by scores of 24-26, 16-25, 25-23, and 14-25.

"Even though we did not win, this was a great match to end on," coach Terri Jo Schlatter said. "Lakeridge is third in our league, and we played them so tough. I was very proud of the team's effort tonight. We dug so many balls and kept ourselves in the game because of our defense. We had 10 missed serves, but that was a reflection of trying to serve tough and get them out of system, which we did a great job of."

Offensively, Schlatter said the Cougars were balanced between its three hitters -- Atalie Leder, Chloe Annas, and RayAnne Schedler.

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - Despite the 2-12 league record, the Canby volleyball team had plenty of improvement throughout the season.

"We just do not create enough kills," Schlatter explained. "Defensive leaders were Samy Vandecoevering, Natalie Just and Atalie Leder. The team was very emotional as it was the very last game for our three seniors, and even though we have not won a lot, it has been a great season.

"So, the energy and effort were there the whole match," Schlatter added. "We talked about having no regrets and leaving everything out there on the floor or on the bench, and this whole group did that. I was so proud of them. In set three, we lost a starting middle to an injury, so we had to put in a 5-foot-5 (Shannon Milter) to hold that spot down and she and the team responded great."

In the same set, one of the Cougar's outside hitters was injured, forcing Schlatter to the bench for freshman Elle Rose, who had played mostly freshman and JV this year.

"Again, she and the team responded great," Schlatter said. "We ended up winning that set and I was so proud of them. The excitement from the team was like we had just won the match. It was fun. But then the adrenaline crash hit us a little in set four."

COURTESY PHOTO: SARAH OLIVER - The Canby High volleyball team closed out its season this week with matches against two of the top teams in the league, Oregon City and Lakeridge.

Oregon City 3, Canby 0

The Cougars opened the week with a three-set loss to Oregon City, 16-25, 14-25, and 17-25.

"They are second in the league, and we knew it would be a tough match," Schlatter said. "But we never got into the groove. Our goal every match is to win the serving and passing battle and we did not do that against Oregon City – not even close. Our serve receive passing was the worst it has been all year. Credit Oregon City for the tough serving, but poor passing is the catalyst for struggling in the rest of the game.

"Our hitting percentage was 0.0%. So, a very frustrating match for us as we are defining success in controlling the things, we have control over," she added.

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