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    Sports
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Wednesday, November 4,1998
T he CI ac K amas P rìnt
Cougars bear down for tough week
Chemeketa stands in the way of the team's fourth-straight Southern Region title
JOHN THORBURN
Sports Editor
' Clackamas Head Coach Kathie
Woods has never been a fan of the
rollercoaster.
She's beginning to get used to it,
however.
After watching her team have
spurts of greatness as well as medioc­
rity over the weekend, the veteran
coach is ready to get off the ride.
The Cougars [9-1,34-5] competed
in the highly-acclaimed Mt. Hood
Halloween Classic on Friday and Sat­
urday —placing fifth out of 16 teams.
"With the way we are playing right
now," said Woods, "fifth place is about
where we should be. We're capable of
being at the top, we're just not play­
ing like we want to be the best"
Clackamas opened the tournament
against the North Division leader,
Skagit Valley Cardinals, and were
beaten because of poor play.
'We shouldn't even have been in a
position to lose to that team," said
Assistant Coach Casie Ireland.
"Skagit's a good team and they're #1
in their region but's it a weak region.
We're #2 in our region right now but
it's a stronger region, we're a stronger
team."
Tacoma Community College, the
expected fourth team in Clackamas'
pool, dropped out of the tournament,
so the remaining three teams—
Clackamas, Skagit Valley and Yakima
Valley—were forced to play three-
game matches no matter what the
outcome of the first two games.
Against Skagit Valley, the Cardi­
nals defeated the Cougars 15-11,15-
6 in the first two games. Clackamas
then rebounded to crush the oppo­
nent 15-2.
Later that night, Clackamas looked
good for the most part in a 15-7, 15-
13,15-7 victory over Yakima Valley.
With the loss to Skagit coupled with
the win over Yakima Valley, the Cou-
VpUeyball______
• Next Wednesday:
Clackamas hosts
Chemeketa, 7p.m.
• Notes:
#1 Storm vs. #2 Cougars
Last league home loss:
Oct. 11, 1995
gars finished pool play as the #2 seed
—setting up a match against rival
Chemeketa on Saturday morning.
The 1st place team in the Southern
Region pitted against the 2nd place
team was no sleeper, as both teams
looked ready to play during pregame
warm-ups.
In the first match, however,
Chemeketa looked deadly as they
capitalized on every Cougar mistake
to jump out to a 13-6 lead.
Gackamas looked beaten before it
went on a tear to take the lead 15-14.
Chemeketa appeared to be vulner­
able and buckled under the pressure
of the Cougars' intense play.
Clackamas, however, appeared to
have the game in hand but faltered
once again and lost 15-17.
A deflated Cougar lineup took the
floor for the second game but couldn't
muster much defense or offense as
they lost 9-15.
"In the first game of that match,"
said Coach Woods, "we really showed
some fire and intensity that we really
haven't seen since the Spokane Tour­
nament It is awesome to watch us play
when we play with that intensity."
Clackamas went head to head in
the next match against an improving
Mt Hood squad.
Die Cougars defeated the Saints
15-13 in the first game then lost the
second 8-15 to set up a third game.
With most of the tournament's play­
ers and spectators looking on, Clacka­
mas outlasted Mt Hood in an excit­
ing 17-15 game to claim the match
victoiy.
The win sent the Cougars into the
JOHN THORBURN / Clackamas Print
Sophomore Michelle McKinney gets ready for the serve against
the Skagit Valley Cardinals. McKinney, who finished the
tournament with 42 kills and 39 digs, was named an All-Star.
JOHN THORBURN / Clackamas Print
Freshman Kimber York [right] sets sophomore Melissa Farmer for the kill for one other 146 assists
in the Mt. Hood Halloween Classic this past weekend. York and the Cougars finished 5th out of 16
teams at the tournament.
consolation championship against be a great team.
Pierce Tournament and Chemeketa
Columbia Basin.
'We are going to work on the things visiting next Wednesday, Gackamas
A stingy Hawks team fought hard that we had problems with at the tour­ has its work cut out for them.
in the match but Clackamas once nament. We need to improve on our
"Chemeketa has everything to lose
again came through with a 15-11,8- team defense. We have all of our in­ against us next week," noted Ireland.
15,15-11 win.
dividual tools, now we need to play 'We have nothing to lose."
The fifth-place finish pleased the better as a team."
'We haven't lost a league game at
Cougars but didn't satisfy their hun­
"When we're at our best, we can home since 1995 and we want to win
ger for greatness.
beat any team," added Ireland. "We our fourth-straight Southern Region
"Right now we're playing as a good just need to win when it counts."
title," added Woods. "I'm tired of us
team," noted Woods. 'We want to be
With a match at Lane tonight, just talking about it, we have to get it
more than a good team, we want to tough competition at this weekend's done."