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The Colton High volleyball team continues to look for its first win after dropping pair of conference tests during week

The Colton High volleyball team continues to look for its first win of the new season after dropping a pair of Tri-River Conference tests during the week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, the Vikings hosted Gervais and fell by a 3-0 count.

Coach Shannon Weinberger admitted that the first set was tough to watch after missing four of nine attempts.

Fortunately, her squad rallied in the second set, making it tight all the way through.

"Our second set was tight thanks to great passing by Abby Behrens, strong setting by Hailee Hordichok and Paige Pierce, and key kills by our two middles, Peyton Collins and Sydney Earls," Weinberger said. "Finally, in the third set, we lost our motivation and fell behind."

Down but not out, the Vikings battled back, getting 12 key serves in a row from Behrens, three of which were aces. That kept Colton in the game.

"No win, but a turning point, I believe, in how the girls react to their emotions at game time," Weinberger said.

Santiam 3, Colton 1

"As a testament to goal-setting after our Gervais loss, these girls again had an opportunity to take control of their emotions and play as a team regardless of the outcome, which I can proudly say they achieved," Weinberger noted in the Wednesday, Sept. 15 loss to Santiam. "We lost the game 3-1, but it is what they put into it that makes this a win for us."

Weinberger pointed to the team's passing accuracy in this one, noting it was at 67%.

"According to research, if a women's team can receive above 63%, they should win," Weinberger said. "We practice at a 60% goal in practice every day. So what happened to us? We couldn't find the floor."

Collins and Hordichok led the team with three and two kills, respectively. Every Viking that played had at least one service ace, with Laina West leading the way with six and Behrens chipping in five.

"In the past several games, we had so many unforced errors brought on by dwelling on past mistakes and lack of confidence in themselves and one another. (Sept. 15) these ladies conquered their worst enemy — themselves. We are looking forward to putting some wins on the board."

East Linn Tournament

On Sept. 18, the Colton volleyball team enjoyed some success at the East Linn Tournament.

According to coach Weinberger, the squad managed to win its way into the championship bracket with wins over East Linn, Eddyville and Western Christian.

"Our first bracket game was against Monroe, which we lost and ended up playing for third place against Western Christian," Weinberger said. "This time, however, Western Christian got the upper hand and we ended fourth at the tournament."

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