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Despite losses to NCC and Damascus Christian, the Cougars discovered some promise for the program's future

Last week Country Christian's volleyball team ran through a tough patch but finished the week on a high note.

The Cougars dropped a pair of 3-0 decisions to teams ranked in the top-5 of the state rankings – North Clackamas Christian on Sept. 24 and Damascus Christian on Sept. 28.

"While it's never fun to lose, it was nice to see how we played at competitive game speed after coming back from our COVID-19 delays," coach Cara Grandle said. "It was high level volleyball. We are looking forward to seeing both opponents again later this season."

Country Christiain senior Lilly Begley has been a key performer for this year's volleyball team.

Grandle did note that losses to those types of teams provides the program with a chance to see what needs to happen to grow Country Christian to the next level of play.

"Lanie Barden is working hard alongside Elizabeth Grandle to both set the team strategical and attack smart," Grandle said. "As an excellent libero, senior Lilly Begley's mature play is feeding the setters with great passes."

Country Christian got back on the winning track Sept. 30 with a 3-0 win over Valor Christian. The Cougars will host their own tournament on Oct. 2, then get back into league play with visits from Open Door Christian Academy (Oct. 5) and Southwest Christian (Oct. 7).

The Cougars are currently 2-2 in league play and 2-4 overall and sit in the middle of the Valley 10 standings.

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