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Volleyball: Cougars sweeping wins

Country Christian’s volleyball team swept Willamette Valley Christian on Thursday while sporting a different look. To help raise money to fight breast cancer, the whole team wore pink jerseys.

After the game, the pink jerseys were washed, boxed and sent to the next school in the league who wanted to host the next Pink Night.

Country Christian is doing well this season. They’ve only had two league losses, both to St. Paul, the undefeated league leader, and they are third in the Casco League.

“They’re playing great together,” Coach Janin McGrath said. “We’re continuing to grow.”

by: CORY MIMMS - Audrey Barden leaps for the spike against Willamette Valley.

It showed on Saturday as well, when the Country Christian hosted the Cougar Classic volleyball tournament.

“We went 6-0 in pool play and took first going into the afternoon bracket play,” McGrath said. The Cougars beat Colton in the semi-final round. “It was a very competitive match,” McGrath said. “We served very well as a team and our floor coverage was excellent. We played Portland Christian in the championship game. We opened game one with a big double block and that got us off to a great start, and we never looked back. We won game one 25-22.”

The Cougars started to show some fatigue in game two, which they lost 25-18. McGrath had a fix though.

“In game three we made a minor adjustment,” she said. “I asked our setters to set the ball just a little higher to give our hitters a bit more time to get to the ball. That seemed to make a big difference … We were up 14-11, after a time out, Miranda Halverson ended the match with an ace serve.”



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