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A pair of victories over Gladstone last week send Molalla into its final two matches on four-game win streak

The Molalla volleyball team ran its record to 4-2, and win streak to four, with back-to-back 3-2 and 3-1 wins over Gladstone last week.

"We came away with two wins against Gladstone," coach Lauree Nelzen said. "We won in five on Tuesday at Gladstone – a little closer than I'd like. After losing the first two (games), the girls regroupsed and really got focused on the game plan – make them earn their points, put the ball in play. It was a good win."

Nelzen pointed to the play of Lainie Mead, who had a strong game in the front row, both hitting and blocking. She also played the back row a couple of times in the match and delivered "some great defensive digs."

"Both our setters, Asvery Guijosa and Olivia Lewis, had a great setting game and hit well," Nelzen said.

Thusday's home match got off to a much better start, which Nelzen said was the goal.

"We served better (around 90%) and passed better than Tuesday, so that helped us the first two games," Nelzen said. "We lost focus in the third set but came back and won the fourth."

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Jackie Parker had a solid night, hitting around 50% and adding in a couple of blocks.

"Our JV kids that swing up to varsity did well in the third set, coming in and contributing – Lizzie Winkler-Yates, Taylor Lishka, and Anna Parker," Nelzen said. "Sydney Thompson was solid in passing, Lewis and Guijosa worked hard as our setters to get our hitters some hittable balls, and Lewis was a consistent force for us hitting on the right side."

The season comes to a close this week with matches against North Marion on Tuesday (home) and then against on Thursday (away).


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