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Canyon V-ball out of sync against Burbank

Posted: September 17, 2013 9:45 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2013 9:45 p.m.

Canyon volleyball player Sarah Greenland hits the ball against Burbank High as Bree Kelly looks on Tuesday night at Canyon High School.


The Canyon Cowboys girls volleyball team struggled to get things going offensively in a 3-0 loss to the Burbank Bulldogs on Tuesday evening at Canyon High.

Both teams showed signs of early season inconsistencies, but the Bulldogs seemed to figure things out first to win by game scores of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-17.

The Cowboys have struggled in head coach Brian Ingino’s first season back with the Cowboys after a two-year hiatus. Canyon is now 0-4.

“They had much better ball control than us,” Ingino said of Burbank. “We came out really slow and when they’re in system and when we’re out of system (it’s difficult.)”

The Bulldogs kept the Cowboys out of their offensive rhythm for most the match, moving the ball through outside hitters Hayley Bradford and Rose Cowart.

The Bulldogs weren’t immune to struggles, though, with the score moving from 19-9 Bulldogs to 25-14 Burbank with just one offensive point along the way.

For Canyon, the offense struggled to stay in rhythm, with setters unable to get the ball to outside hitters in the attack.

And that’s something Ingino hopes the team can clean up before hitting Foothill League play at the end of the month.

“Passing and setting. If we pass and set better we have strong hitters in the middle,” Ingino said of what the team has to work on.

Down 2-0 in games, the Cowboys made a rally in the third game, hoping to force a game four after jumping out to an 8-4 lead.

“It was good to see them come out and play with energy and the passing got a little better,” Ingino said.

But the Bulldogs rallied back to take the lead for good at 14-13 on a kill by Allison Tiegs.

The Cowboys will return to the court on Friday when they take on Frontier at the Saugus varsity tournament.

On Tuesday, Sarah Greenland led the Cowboys with six kills and 12 digs and Hannah Wilken led with 13 assists.


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