Molalla’s volleyball team broke even this week, taking one win and one loss. They opened the week sweeping North Marion, with set scores of 25-15, 25-9 and 25-17. The team stats were 92 percent serving, 68 percent serve receive, 96 percent setting and 60 percent attacks.

“Our two setters, Helen Daniels and Katelin Saytyna, did an outstanding job,” Coach Carol Grauer said. “The team played very well.”

Saytyna was at her best. She took 100 percent in three areas and led the team with 70 percent hitting and five kills. Ashley Johnson topped the team’s scoring with 17 points, plus four kills and two blocks. Janelle Ferlan followed Johnson with 16 points and three aces, adding three blocks and three digs as well. Along with Daniels’ setting, she added 13 points and three kills.

The Indians went on to play league leader Madras on Thursday, but they couldn’t pull the win. Madras took the game with set scores of 19-25, 20-25 and 16-25.

“We gave it our best shot and learned a lot from the match,” Grauer said. “We made too many hitting errors, thus costing us the game.”

The Indians had a serve receive of 82 percent with setting at 93 percent. “Awesome stats,” Grauer said, but their attacks were low, at only 53 percent. “We cannot win games if we can't shut the door.”

At the net, Johnson and Ferlan lead the way, with four blocks each. The Indians took 11 digs, four of which belonged to Ashley Alexander, three to Johnson, who also was the leading scorer with 14 points.

“We are now starting the second half of league and have seen everyone, which gives us the opportunity to make the changes we need to come out on top the next round, and that is the team’s goal,” Grauer said.

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