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Canyon closed out

Cowboys volleyball exits postseason in first round

Posted: May 14, 2009 10:31 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Canyon closed the regular season strong to finish second in the Foothill League.

But in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs, it was Brentwood’s strong finish that doomed the Cowboys.

After dropping the first game, Brentwood reeled off three straight victories to defeat Canyon 3-1, ending the Cowboys’ season.

“They started coming back,” said Canyon head coach Brian Ingino. “All year we played off our energy, and we didn’t play with energy today.”

Brentwood (14-5) committed a number of unforced errors in the first game, and Canyon’s play at the net helped it outlast the Eagles for a 25-21 win.

From there, Canyon (14-16) couldn’t counter Brentwood’s efficient play.

The Eagles displayed better communication and passing in winning the second game 25-18, and capitalized on a plethora of unforced errors by Canyon in a dominant 25-14 victory in the third game.

“At first, we were thinking, ‘Little Brentwood, big Canyon,’” said Brentwood head coach Jeff Porter, in reference to the schools’ attendance figures. “We were a little jittery before we realized we could play with these guys.”

Brentwood came out hot in the fourth game, and Canyon did enough to stay within three or four points the entire way. The Cowboys rallied to within two at 23-21, but the Eagles held on for a 25-22 win.

Canyon fell victim to strong serving by Brentwood, which didn’t help the team’s energy.

“We definitely started putting our heads down,” said Canyon senior Alex Reeves. “It’s hard to bring it back up.”

Reeves led the team with 23 assists, while fellow senior Matt Veiga had 12 kills and seven digs. Kevin Hancock also had seven digs.
Brentwood’s Matt Moore had 18 kills, and George Economou had four kills, two aces and a spectacular save diving toward the bench in the third game.

Canyon loses five seniors but returns plenty of talent for a run at the 2010 Foothill League title.

“This is the best group of guys I’ve ever had the privilege of coaching,” Ingino said.

jgulino@the-signal.com

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