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Prep volleyball: Cowboys clock Quartz Hill

Canyon’s fresh faces start strong

Posted: February 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Cowboys teammates Andy Kern, center, and Austin Van Nattan, right, deflect a kill attempt by Quartz Hill’s Matt Greene on Tuesday at Canyon High School.

Canyon boys volleyball may be replacing the loss of a handful of key seniors from last year.

But second-year head coach Andrew Spackman was prepared for it, and he feels like the team is primed for a bounceback year.

The Cowboys started well on Tuesday, defeating Quartz Hill 3-0 by scores of 25-22, 25-12 and 25-20 at Canyon High School.

“We definitely got some guys playing time last year knowing they were going to be leaders this year,” Spackman said.
One of those players was senior returner Danny Daniyelyan, who led Canyon (1-0) with 18 kills.

His 11 aces also led a strong overall team serving performance.

After a somewhat slow start filled with hitting errors, Canyon got into an offensive rhythm as soon as the serving picked up.

“Go big or go home,” said Cowboys junior Grant Barber of the serving. “That’s what it is.”

Barber finished with eight kills in his varsity debut.

Fellow junior Andy Kern turned in a solid match at setter, tallying 36 assists.

Kern set up hitters Daniyelyan and Michael Foster most of the day as Canyon’s offense got better and better.

Quartz Hill (0-1) went ahead early in the first game, but didn’t pull away due to four early service errors.

The Cowboys took their first lead in the game at 12-11, but didn’t pull away until the end, when Foster landed two straight aces to finish it off.

Canyon began to take control in the second game thanks to an early 7-0 run that gave it a 7-2 lead, one which it didn’t give up.

During the run, Daniyelyan picked up three of his aces.

The Cowboys went on another seven-point run later in the game to take a 23-11 lead, effectively sealing the game.

“We use these games as a kind of a benchmark of where we need to be and what we need to do,” said Rebels head coach Vance Goodell. “Canyon’s a tough team. They’re tough every time we come down and play them.”

Though the final game was back-and-forth most of the way, Quartz Hill struggled on serve-receive, allowing Canyon to pull away late once again.

It was a positive start for the Cowboys.

Then again, Spackman isn’t going to overthink one match coming off a year where Canyon finished with just seven wins and ended up last in the Foothill League.

“I’m not going to be happy with this one right now,” Spackman said. “We’ve got another game on Thursday, so we don’t have time to celebrate.”


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