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Reynolds loses early lead against Canby

VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS - Gresham sweeps past McNary
by: David Ball, Reynolds junior Savanah Montanona serves a ball during the Raiders' five-game playoff loss in Canby on Wednesday night.

The Reynolds volleyball team started fast, but couldn't hold off hard-charging Canby during a five-game playoff loss Wednesday night.

The Raiders were on the verge of a sweep after taking the first two games of the night, including a hard-fought 26-24 decision in a Game 2 that saw four lead changes. But the host Cougars stormed back with decisive wins in Games 3 and 4 to force a showdown in the finale.

Canby got off the first shot in Game 5 and was never challenged. The Cougars rushed to a 4-0 lead when Hannah Bell drilled a clean winner into the back row. Canby extended to a commanding 12-3 margin when Daniele Schmader put together of mix of kills and blocks in the middle of the net.

'We wanted to end strong, and we did,' Schmader said. 'It was just a matter of keeping our focus and making solid hits.'

Canby's Garyn Schlatter served match point into the center of the court where two Reynolds players collided, and the ball squirted into the net.

'We were going like a machine at first, keeping the ball in play and eliminating errors,' Raiders coach Kari Kleinke said. 'But we knew they would come back and make it a battle.'

Canby hosts Three Rivers' runner-up Clackamas in a second-round match Saturday, Nov. 4.

• Gresham was the only Mount Hood team to win an opening-round game, earning a three-game sweep against McNary. The Gophers travel to No. 5 Sheldon for a second-round match Saturday, with the winner advancing to the state quarterfinals at the Chiles Center.

In other first-round action, Jesuit swept Barlow and West Linn blanked David Douglas. The Scots stayed with the Three Rivers champion Lions early in the match, holding an 11-10 lead in Game 1 before falling 25-15.

• In small-school action, Portland Lutheran beat Corbett in five games Tuesday night to claim the No. 3 seed out of the Northwest League. The Blue Jays built a commanding 14-8 lead in the decisive Game 5 before holding on to win 15-13.

Portland Lutheran turned the tide with a hard-fought 28-26 win in Game 3 when Dominique Jacoy pounded a kill from the middle. She led the Jays with 13 kills.

Both teams will advance to the state playoffs, which begin Saturday.

Look for expanded volleyball playoff coverage in the Saturday, Nov. 4, issue of the Gresham Outlook.