Canyon falls in state semifinals

Canyon junior middle blocker Courtney Pope posted 12 kills and six blocks during Friday’s loss.

GARLAND — The Cougarettes found themselves a set away from advancing to the Class 5A state tournament final Friday at the Culwell Center in Garland, but a furious Grapevine rally erased Canyon’s two-set lead and catapulted the Lady Mustangs into Saturday’s title match.

The Cougarettes (43-9) won the first two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-20 but watched as Grapevine forced a winner-take-all fifth set following 25-20 and 25-18 wins in the next two games.

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