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The news causes team to forfeit battle with North Marion and have to await tie-breaker decision on league title hopes

Molalla's showdown for the Tri-Valley Conference volleyball title with North Marion won't be settled Oct. 18 on the court.

Instead, it will likely be settled via tie-breaker procedures after Molalla was forced to forfeit Monday's match with North Marion due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions. Monday's match would have closed the regular season for Molalla, but North Marion has another match on Wednesday against Madras (0-7).

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The Indians and Huskies now seem destined to finish the regular season at 9-1, which sets into motion all sorts of tie-breaker scenarios, including head-to-head, teams above and below in the standings, etc. If all those avenues don't produce a clear conference champion, the final step is OSAA rankings. Molalla is currently 12th, while North Marion is 15th. Those rankings will freeze on Oct. 21, so the league title could very well be decided then.

"It's a tough way to end such a great season, but we are focusing on the positive that the girls ended high enough to make it to the postseason," coach Lauree Nelzen said. "Hopefully the rankings stand."

There's even a wrinkle to the post-season. If the Indians finish first, they would automatically go to the first round of state which begins Oct. 30.

If they finish second, they would have to play a play-in game sometime before Oct. 26. Nelzen said she doesn't get her team back from quarantine until Oct. 26, which would be somewhat problematic at best.

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