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Cowboys swept by Westlake

Girls volleyball team outmatched in loss at home

Posted: September 15, 2009 10:42 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 

The Canyon girls volleyball team played with good energy Tuesday evening, but the Cowboys couldn’t match the overall talent of Westlake and fell 3-0 at Canyon High School.

“The first two games, it was apparent they were a stronger team,” said Canyon head coach Brian Ingino. “In third game, we just played volleyball.”

Indeed, Canyon (0-3) improved noticeably in the final game, serving well and keeping Westlake (7-1) on its toes.

Canyon took a 12-10 lead by finishing kills and capitalizing on Westlake errors, but the Warriors rallied behind the serve of Sara Yamashita to pull ahead 15-12.

The Cowboys stayed within striking distance the rest of the game, cutting a 24-19 deficit to 24-22, but Westlake finished off the victory with a kill.

“We want to be a consistent passing team,” said Westlake head coach Ernest Rittenhouse. “We want to be able to put more power into our swings. We’re trying to work on consistency.”

The Warriors were very consistent in the first two games, winning by scores of 25-14 each time.

Canyon looked overmatched at the net in the first game, and Westlake used its size to power home kills.

A solid service run by Canyon’s Courtney Longshore helped the Cowboys trade points with Westlake toward the end of the first game, but the deficit was too great to overcome.

At the outset of the second game, Canyon had trouble handling Westlake’s serve.

Ingino said that breaking the other team’s serve is something the Cowboys need to work on.

“Our ability to side out is our biggest working point,” Ingino said. “We let teams run on us and it kills us. If we can learn to do that more consistently, we’ll win games.”

Canyon’s energy forced Westlake into some mistakes midway through the second game, and the Cowboys trimmed the lead to 20-14.

Westlake scored the last five points, however, to take the game.

Longshore had six kills and nine digs to lead Canyon, while Christina Guerrero had 15 assists.

Ingino said his team can build off its effort in the third game.

“Our transition in the third game, the way we were covering the court, that was the best we’ve played all year,” he said.

Westlake co-captain Casey Levitt led the Warriors with 13 kills on 21 attempts and 11 digs.

Hannah Schuett had 33 assists, Ashlyn Sportato had 10 kills and Paige Harris had 10 digs.

“(My players) do have experience in terms of club play,” Rittenhouse said. “I think it gives them confidence.”

 

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