PREP VOLLEYBALL: Canby outlasts MACCRAY 3-2 to stay perfect

Photo by Lacey Barke Canby’s Abbey Pederson serves the ball during their match against MACCRAY on Tuesday. The Lancers won 3-2.

CANBY – It was an evenly balanced game all the way through in Canby on Tuesday night with both teams keeping pace with each other, however the Lancers had an edge that MACCRAY did not and ended up winning in five. The individual set scores were 25-16 MACCRAY, 25-24 Canby, 22-25 MACCRAY, 28-26 Canby, and finally 15-13 Canby.

The Lancers were slow to scoring in the first set and let the Wolverines gain a quick five point lead. Canby gained some momentum towards the middle of the set, but the Lancers could never gain a lead and trailed MACCRAY the whole time.

At the serving line, libero Mia Greenman was 27-28, Alyssa Beckius served 18-18 and Morgan Cleveland was 16-17. Senior Abbey Pederson led Canby with 25 kills, while Brooke Nelson earned 14 and Ahlea Wright pitched in nine.

Canby started to come alive in the second set, and Pederson showed up in a big way for the team.The Lancers started off with a five point lead, but Canby and MACCRAY were always one point behind each other until the score tied up at 18-18. The Lancers put in the extra effort and earned the win.

In the third set Canby had a nice show of defensive effort, especially on Wright’s part. The Lancers were showing more aggression and had a brief lead of 18-16 before MACCRAY started to answer back and eventually won the set.

The fourth set Canby had an impressive 18-9 lead over MACCRAY. Lancers got some hard hits, but the Wolverines were improving their game at the net defensively. Canby lost their lead and the score tied up 23-22. The Lancers managed to pull ahead and win the fourth set. In the fifth set the Wolverines and the Lancers were battling for the ball at the net more, but Canby’s hustle and aggression pulled them ahead and earned them the set and ultimately the game.

At the net, the Lancers showed up with a few blocks. Pederson and Wright had 2 each while Beckius chipped in one. Players who contributed to digs include Greenman with 37, Beckius with 28 and Cleveland with 20.

MACCRAY 25 23 25 26 13

Canby 16 25 22 28 15

Individual Statistics

Serving (Ace): (Greenman 27-28 (2); Cleveland 16-17 (3)).

Kills: (Pederson 25; Nelson 14; A. Wright 9).

Digs: (Greenman 37; Beckius 28; Cleveland 20).

Set Assists: (Cleveland 31; Pederson 25).

Blocks: (Pederson, A. Wright 2; Beckius 1).