Country Christian hosts North Clackamas Christian Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the first round of 1A volleyball playoffs. The Cougars are coming off a 3-1 win against Perrydale and a 3-2 loss against St. Paul on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Versus Perrydale

“Going into Saturday’s district game, I knew we would have to play well to beat Perrydale,” Coach Janin McGrath said. “We came out a little slow in game one and had to battle back from a 7-1 deficit.”

The Cougars did come back, taking the first set 25-16.

“In game two we again found ourselves in a hole,” McGrath said. This time, though, the girls couldn’t nab the points they needed. They lost game two 20-25.

The next two sets were back and forth, but both ended in the Cougars’ favor.

“We had some of the longest rallies in this match that I have seen all year,” McGrath said. “It was a true team win. It secured a seed into the state tournament and guaranteed us a home state playoff game.”

Versus St. Paul

The Cougars battled St. Paul later that same day to see who would take the number-one seed to state. The Cougars fought until the end, but St. Paul ended up with the win.

“This was a great match,” McGrath said. “I believe we started better than we have all year. Our front row shut down the hitting attempts of St. Paul. We led throughout game one. St. Paul made a run back, but we were able to hold on and get game one 25-23. Game two was similar to game one. Our blockers were shutting down the net and our passing and decision making were excellent. We won set two 25-20.”

However, game three proved to be the tipping point of the match.

“We started to see some fatigue in the players,” McGrath said. “Our passing was off in this game, and St. Paul was able to get around our blocking.”

St. Paul won the set 25-11, a win the Cougars couldn’t recover from. St. Paul took set four 25-18 and set five 15-12.

“The girls gave everything they had and more,” McGrath said. “I’m so proud of each and every one of them.”

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