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The Indians picked up a couple of three-set league wins and sit alone atop the Tri-Valley standings

In the midst of a seven-game league winning streak, the Molalla High volleyball team is on a bit of a roll as they head into the season's final two weeks.

The Indians (7-0 in league) enjoyed a road sweep, winning in three sets at Madras on Oct. 4 and Corbett on Oct. 6.

At Madras, coach Lauree Nelzen said, "We played well. It's always a tough match to go to Madras, with the long drive. We stayed focused on our game plan, we served well, everyone played at least one set, which is always a really great thing to get some kids in that don't see a lot of playing time."

In Corbett, the Indians got past a tough team in a tough setting, said the coach.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - The Molalla High volleyball team picked up a pair of league wins that moved its Tri-Valley Conference record to 7-0 with two weeks to go.

"Again, we tried to stick to the game plan, playing our game, focusing on our side and what we can control," Nelzen said. "Our setters Olivia Lewis and Asvery Guijosa notched 28 assists combined and we had a really good night at the net on both sides of the ball.

"Our defensive specialists, Delaney Mitchell, Mckenzie Clonkey, and Savanah Findley worked really hard in the back row to get our setters good passes," Nelzen added. "It all starts with a pass and those three ladies had a great night passing. We sped up our free-ball attack which proved successful for us; and we finished well, hitting .179% as a team."

Currently, the Indians are just clear of North Marion (5-1) and enjoy a four-game lead on third place Estacada as the season winds down.

"We face Estacada at home (Oct. 12) and Gladstone (Oct.14) there next week, so we are working on keeping our eyes on the big picture," Nelzen said, "to keep 'grinding' at practices, staying focused, and taking care of ourselves both physically and mentally is the plan for now. Molalla hasn't been in this position in quite some time, so we are all learning as we go, keeping the lines of communication open both on and off the floor. These ladies are so fun to watch, I'm grateful to be along for the ride."


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