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In a league with the top two teams in the state, the Cougars battled through struggles to finish third

Battles with the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the Class 1A ranks set the stage for two wins in three matches to end the regular-season and secure a third-place league finish for the Country Christian volleyball team.

The Cougars also celebrated their five seniors in the process – Lanie Barden, Lizzy Grandle, McKenzie Syphard, Evelyn Krieck, and Lilly Begley.

COURTESY PHOTO: MINY GRECO - The Country Christian volleyball team finished the regular season in third place in the Valley 10 League. They now head to the Oct. 23  district tournament to see if they can secure a spot to the state tournament.

On Oct. 12, the Cougars fell to top-ranked North Clackamas Christian by a 3-1 count, then came right back two days later to face No. 2 Damascus Christian, to whom they fell by a 3-0 score.

"With a good showing we fell to both and then played Open Door (3-1 win on Oct. 15), fixing ourselves as the third-place team in our league," coach Cara Grandle said.

Country Christian won the Open Door Christian match by coming back from a 16-25 first set loss, rattling off 25-16, 25-14 and 25-19 wins to snag the victory.

The Cougars dropped a non-league battle with Salem Academy on Oct. 18, then finished up league play Oct. 19 with a 3-0 win over Valor Christian.

Now, the Cougars await their district tournament and the chance to earn a seed to the state tournament. District tourney play begins Oct. 23 at Wilsonville High School.


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