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Cowboys volleyball controls Grizzlies

Improving Cowboys sweep Golden Valley

Posted: April 22, 2014 10:27 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2014 10:27 p.m.

Golden Valley's Bradley Surette, left, tries to spike the ball against Canyon's Ian Franklin, center, and Jake DeYoung.

 

Battling through adversity is another sign of the improvement the Canyon Cowboys boys volleyball team has made throughout the season.

Fighting off a pesky Golden Valley team, the Cowboys defeated the Grizzlies 3-0 Tuesday at Golden Valley High by scores of 25-20, 25-23, and 25-18.

“It got close, but we made it through and came out with the win today,” said Canyon junior outside hitter Jake DeYoung.

Golden Valley (7-7 overall, 0-6 Foothill) answered every time Canyon appeared to be on the verge of breaking away during a game.

But the Cowboys (14-6-1, 3-3) ultimately had too much fire power, as they rallied late in games one and two and left the Grizzlies still in search of their first Foothill League victory of the season.

DeYoung finished with a match-high 24 kills, including 10 in the first game.

Jacob Frederick recorded 31 assists for the Cowboys, while Dominic Dotson and Jared Hathaway each chipped in with five kills.

“We played a good, solid, fundamental match,” said Canyon head coach Jeff Cody. “That’s really what we’ve been working on. Trying to limit errors, and just play good, methodical volleyball. And I think we did that today.”

The Grizzlies threatened in each of the first two games, but Canyon showed the ability to rally and close.

After Golden Valley cut the deficit to 18-15 in the opening frame, the Cowboys answered with a 7-5 run to secure the game.

Golden Valley threatened to tie the match in the second game, as it led by the score of 22-19.

But Canyon won six of the next seven points to take a 2-0 lead.

“We never got into a rhythm,” said Golden Valley head coach Kyle Schlehner. “We had some key moments, which gave us some momentum. But we couldn’t get those crucial plays.”

Bradley Surette finished with nine kills and five blocks from his middle blocker position for Golden Valley.

Dominic Scaglione had 11 digs for the Grizzlies, while Tristan Murachanian and Jackson Fallin finished with six kills and five kills, respectively.

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