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A pair of hard-fought matches went Molalla's way against a tough Estacada squad, bit week on the way

A two-win week has lifted the Molalla High volleyball team to third in the Tri-Valley Conference standings with a 2-2 record.

Molalla snagged a pair of wins against Estacada, the first by a 3-2 margin on Tuesday, followed by a 3-1 win Thursday night.

"The first set was pretty rough to start," said head coach Lauree Nelzen of Thursday's win. "At one point I think we were down 14-2, but the girls rallied back, settling into the game plan and winning 25-23.

"We had a lot of ups and downs – we will continue to work on consistency with our play in general," added the coach.

FILE PHOTO - The Molalla High volleyball team is coming off a two-win week.

After Molalla lost the second set, Nelzen said her team found a level of consistency.

"Estacada is a hard place to win at and a tough team to beat," said Nelzen, "so I'm happy with a two-win week."

Nelzen pointed to the play of Sydney Thompson, an outside hitter who "placed the ball well and had a great passing night. Compared to Tuesday's game, Estacada didn't serve her as much. She's a great passer."

Also putting some solid play in the books was junior middle blocker Lainie Mead, who did a good job of hitting and blocking from the front row.

"We played better overall at the net and she was a big part of that," said Nelzen. "She's crazy strong and when she gets hold of the ball, look out."

Nelzen also pointed to her two setters, Olivia Lewis and Asvery Guijosa. The pair rain the Molalla offense quite effectively most of the night.

Molalla is back in action for a Tuesday road game at Gladstone and a Thursday return match wtih the Gladiators in Molalla.

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