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GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: CANYON REACHES RARE AIR IN TOURNEY WIN COWBOYS BEAT EAGLES FOR THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE.

Byline: ERIK BOAL Special to the Daily News

Regardless of the outcome of Saturday night's final of the Sylmar High girls' volleyball tournament, history was going to be made by Canyon of Canyon Country or Lancaster.

In the end, it was coach Dave Gutierrez's former team that outlasted his new group.

Behind strong setting from Ashley Arnold and a balanced offensive attack, the Canyon Cowboys -- now under the direction of co-coaches Jeff Cody and Brian Ingino -- were able to hold off a late charge by the Eagles to win their third consecutive title, capping the 17th annual tournament with a 25-22 victory.

``Dave's amazing. Look at what he has done at Lancaster, taking them to the finals,'' said Ingino, who led the Cowboys to the first two wins in their run of three in a row, after Gutierrez coached Canyon to Sylmar championships in 2001 and 2004. ``But I (didn't) want to spend 12 hours here to take second.''

Canyon, which not only became the first team to win three straight crowns, but also surpassed Van Nuys (1993-96-97) and Roosevelt of Los Angeles (1990-92-95) to become the only team to win four championships, needed two significant rallies to cap a perfect 11-game run to the title.

The Cowboys fought off five game points in their 28-26 quarterfinal victory over Sylmar and then overcame a 7-2 deficit in the final to defeat Lancaster.

Trailing 24-21 against Sylmar, Arnold served three consecutive points to keep hope alive for Canyon. The Cowboys rallied again to score the final three points to reach the semifinals.

``When Ashley went back to serve, there was no one else I would've rather had back there,'' Cody said. ``Everyone was hitting really well, and we felt comfortable no matter who was hitting the ball, we had an opportunity to score.''

The Eagles, who became only the second team from the Antelope Valley to reach the tournament finals, started strong behind senior setter Roxanne Neely, but the Cowboys' experience proved crucial during a 15-4 run from which Lancaster didn't recover.

``I thought we played a great game, but we were just overmatched,'' said Gutierrez, who coached all of Canyons' players in the summer of 2005 before leaving to take the job at Lancaster. ``But the thing I was most proud of is that they dug deep and kept fighting back. We're approaching our potential, and that's nice to see.''

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Oct 22, 2006
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