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Gresham High School volleyball battle to keep things competitive in home defeat

Gresham High School volleyball took a tough loss against Nelson falling 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-18) at home on Thursday, Sept. 22. Despite the loss, the Gophers stayed competitive the entire game against a tough Hawks squad.

"That was the best our team has ever played," said Gresham senior Hanna Israellson. "The energy was high; the play was good and as a whole we did great."

In the first set, Gresham and Nelson were neck-and-neck, each trading points with solid volleys from both sides. However, seemingly in an instance the Hawks started to break away as they took advantage of poor communication coming out of Gresham's defense. PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - The Gophers will travel to Reynolds High School to take on the Raiders at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Despite some communication break downs, outside hitter Israellson played extremely well making some exceptional blocks and absorbed some hard hits from a strong Nelson side. "I am not going to lie, every time the ball (I hit) went up in the air I had a very shocked face on, but I was really just in the right spot and did what I was supposed to," Israellson said.

The valent effort from the home team was not enough to keep up against the Hawks as the Gophers dropped the first set 25-15.

The second set started off with Nelson again taking an earlier lead. But almost like clock-work, the Gresham team clawed their way back forcing the Hawks to earn each point.

"The kids came in with amazing fire tonight and a totally different mindset," said Gresham coach Lori Cook. "Yeah, the score got away from us at times, but you could never tell from the kids. They fought and never looked at the score board tonight, they just played each ball for every point."

With energy pouring out from a loud student section and within the players themselves, the Gophers battled to keep the Hawks on their toes. PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - Gresham stayed positive throughout the game against Nelson and were able to climb back from significant deficits.

"Usually, we would dig ourselves into holes that we couldn't get out of," said Israellson. "But I think today we realized that we could dig ourselves out and we did that each time."

The persistent Gophers would unfortunately concede the second set 25-21 and the third set 25-18 to lose the match 3-0.

"I think this game gives us some huge momentum, hopefully we can kick it up a notch from this point on," said Coach Cook.

The Gophers will travel to Reynolds High School to take on the Raiders at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.

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