Molalla volleyball rallies to defeat Blanchet Catholic
The Molalla Indians put an undisciplined first game behind them to defeat Blanchet Catholic 3-1 Thursday.
"We came together and we all talked about what we needed to fix and we talked about being disciplined and communicating, and pulled it together," said Molalla senior outside hitter Jazmin Spinney, who finished with three services aces, including match point.
After losing the first game 14-25, the Indians jumped out to a 13-1 lead in the second behind the serving of senior Stephanie Hall.
"She always does really good at serving during practice and she came out here and nailed it," Spinney said of Hall, who finished the match with five aces. "I was really proud of her."
The Indians won the second game 25-10 to even the match.
"We're young and we've got some new players and it's just learning to play together," Molalla coach Lauree Nelzen said. "We came out with some more energy. Our passing definitely picked up. We started placing our serves better. They just decided that we wanted to win."
The third game was the closest of the night as the Indians held on to edge Blanchet 25-23 on a hit by Molalla junior Samantha McNeil. The Indians led 23-18 in the game.
"We still need to continue to work on our discipline, knowing what we're supposed to do and where we're supposed to be, and worrying about what we need to do to win a game instead of so much what the other team is doing," Nelzen said. "Some of that just comes with experience."
Molalla, which graduated 10 seniors off of last year's team, finished off the Cavaliers 25-15 in the fourth game.
Paula Romero, an exchange student from Spain, had 10 kills, two blocks and two digs in the match.
Setter Olivia Lewis recorded 29 assists and 11 digs.
Senior Kristin Kendall had 12 digs to help the Indians start the season 2-0.
Molalla lost to Blanchet in three games last year. The Cavaliers then finished fifth in Class 3A.
"They're tough," Nelzen said. "They're scrappy. They didn't go down without a fight."
Molalla, which finished 5-15 last season, did not win its second match until Sept. 29 a year ago."
"This might be the year where we actually win stuff," Spinney said. "In the past it's been a little rocky, but this year I'm feeling really confident."
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