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Though Covid-19 quarantine may have cost them a league title, the Indians still have a shot at state

The Molalla High volleyball season continues with a state play-in game on Oct. 26.

The Indians were forced to forfeit their final regular season match against North Marion on Oct. 18 due to Covid-19 quarantine guidelines. The match would have determined the Tri-Valley Conference title, but with the forfeit loss, both teams ended the season with 9-1 records.

The Herald-Pioneer.

To determine the league champion, and therefore the top seed to state, the tie-breakers were used and ultimately, the final tie-breaker procedure, OSAA rankings, determined things. And with that, North Marion was declared the league champion.

Complicating matters is that Molalla will now have to play its play-in game on Oct. 26 when Marist pays a visit for a 6 p.m. match. Coach Lauree Nelzen had said that she won't get her players back until Oct. 26.

"Our season isn't over, the disappointment of not being able to play for the league title still stings, we would have loved to have played for that," Nelzen said. "But the ladies' hard work over the past couple of months isn't for nothing, they have a chance to make it to the state tournament. So, we'll go from there."


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