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Olivia Spitzer had 10 kills for Colton. Sophie Holden finished with five kills and four blocks.

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Colton senior Madison Olsen hits the ball over the net at a pair of Santiam defenders Thursday.

Colton forced a fifth set, but the Vikings could not bring home their first league victory, falling to Santiam 3-2 Thursday at home.

"It was scrappy play by both teams," Colton coach Shannon Weinberger said. "We thought we had it in the fifth. It was a tough loss. I was very proud of them. We had a few errors that were costly. We have the heart, but we played timid at the end in the last few points. We just didn't finish strong. It's tough."

The Vikings won the first game 25-23, but then dropped the next two 25-11 and 25-20.

After Colton earned a 25-18 victory in the fourth set, Santiam edged the Vikings 15-13 in the deciding fifth.

"I just love these girls," Weinberger said. "I was super proud of them. I wish I could have handed them the win. It will be interesting to see how they play from here on out. I have a feeling they're just getting started. I'm looking forward to it."

Olivia Spitzer had 10 kills for Colton. Sophie Holden finished with five kills and four blocks.

"Sophie came through in key times. She's a really sweet, skinny girl and we have just been waiting for her to get the timing down and she did it in some really key plays. I know that brought our momentum up. We just have girls that are consistent all the time."

Madi Olsen had nine assists. Madie Beguelin added seven assists and nine aces.

Weinberger liked how her team responded after falling 3-0 at Kennedy on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to open league play.

"We were really having a hard time," Weinberger said. "We lost our head in that game and it's really hard to come back when you're getting pounded and you lose your head, too. But coming back, that shows a lot of gumption and a lot of heart."

Colton is back home Wednesday, Sept. 18. The Vikings host Chemawa and Western Christian.

"I just want our girls to get a little more competitive," Weinberger said. "That's something that we need to find, that competitive spirit."

Derek Wiley
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