Indians one game back from Corbett, sitting at fourth place in Tri-Valley play

The Molalla volleyball team is sitting comfortably at 3-3 in Tri-Valley play after a big 3-1 win at home last Wednesday against Madras.

The Indians are in fourth place thus far, just one game back from Corbett (4-8, 4-2), as four league matches remaining in the season.

The Indians have a chance to make some noise this week as they'll travel to Gladstone (0-12, 0-6) on Tuesday and then return home for another shot at Crook County (7-8, 5-1) on Thursday.

Last week, Molalla took down Madras at home in four sets (25-15, 25-27, 25-17, 25-15) to give them a bit of momentum heading into this week's games, especially after last weekend's matchup against Sheridan, a solid 3A team, which allowed them to fine-tune a few things.

"Sitting at .500 in league is a good feeling, especially with Gladstone coming up this week, and then Crook County at home, which is always a tough match," head coach Lauree Nelzen said. "We are just taking it game by game, focusing on goals we set for that match, and just really trying to win the games we should win, and hopefully sneak one away from one of the teams above us."

The last time the Indians and Crook County met, Molalla pushed in the first set, eventually falling 27-25, but showed promise against one of the state's top programs.

Against Madras last week, the Indians had control much of the game, except for a solid second-set performance from the White Buffaloes.

"The second [set] we let down a bit, not as focused," Nelzen said. "But [Molalla] came back and pulled out the W; we had a great student section, which really fired the girls up."

The game saw some extracurricular drama as the Madras head coach received a red card in the fourth set, but the Indians kept their composure enough to come out with the win and not let it affect them.

Conner Williams
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