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Molalla netters get win over Banks to open the week, then fall to Cascade in tighter match than it looks

A Tuesday win and a Thursday loss gave the Molalla High volleyball team a split week as their season got fully underway.

Against Banks on Aug. 31, the Indians won in three straight and got plenty of good play throughout the lineup.

"We got great swings from the outside from Sydney Thompson and Lizzie Winkler Yates," coach Lauree Nelzen said. "Olivia Lewis was solid setting for us as we were missing our other setter due to a school function. Olivia really stepped up and got her hitters great sets. Our serving was tough, which was great, and we kept them out of system a lot, which gave us opportunities to run some plays."

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On Sept. 1, Molalla journeyed to Cascade for a non-conference title, dropping the match by a 3-1 count.

Going in, Nelzen said she new that the two teams were well-matched.

"It was point-for-point most of the match," Nelzen said. "Cascade took the first set as we struggled to get our passing going. We had worked on our defense quite a bit, really focusing on being disciplined in our transitions."

The Indians came back in the second set to snag it by a 25-23 count but couldn't keep the momentum going.

"We lost the third and fourth set, but the girls played tough and focused," Nelzen said. "Olivia Lewis set the entire match and had some great blocks at the net and did a nice job of keeping her hitters in position to do something with the ball. Sydney Thompson and Lainie Mead both had great swings from the outside and used some off-speed stuff to get them running. We look forward to a possible rematch at the Cascade Tournament next Saturday."

The Indians are 1-2 on the season after opening play with a 3-0 loss to Cottage Grove on Aug. 28. They are back in action Sept. 7 at Tillamook, then Sept. 9 at Astoria before playing in the Cascade Tournament on Sept. 11.

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