Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



After nearly 10 days away from the court, Indians put up spirited battle in four-set loss to Marist

It was not the ending that Molalla volleyball coach Lauree Nelzen had envisioned for her team.

Molalla dropped its state play-in match to Marist by a 3-1 count on Oct. 26, ending a 10-day span of struggle that was as unfortunate as it was ill-timed.

A COVID-19 quarantine situation not only cost Molalla a shot at playing for the league title and a forfeit loss, but also dropped them to second in the league through tiebreakers, forcing the play-in with Marist.

COURTESY PHOTO: FLETCHER WOLD - Molalla volleyball coach Lauree Nelzen talks with her squad during a timeout late in the season.

"We tried to regroup last night," Nelzen said. "With no practices until yesterday before the game, and still missing two of our starters, we went into the game against Marist with a never give up mindset. We had to give our best effort with the 10 girls that were available to play. And we sure did. It just wasn't enough to overcome some early deficits."

Marist won the match with scores of 25-21, 25-22, 17-25, and 25-23.

Molalla's two outside hitters, Sydney Thompson and Lizzie Winkler Yates combined for 83 attempts, hitting 28% and 15%, respectively, which proved very effective. Given the lengthy time away from the court, that wasn't the only positive to come out during the loss.

"With no practices for 10 days, our passing was phenomenal," Nelzen said. "Olivia Lewis, our senior setter, is usually part of a 6-2 offense with junior Asvery Guijosa but set solo and garnered 36 assists. She also has two service aces. We also did a fantastic job on our serve receive, the best all year."

Savanah Findley had her best game of the season in the back row, according to Nelzen, digging balls out and passing well.

COURTESY PHOTO: FLETCHER WOLD - Despite a 10-day absence from the court due to Covid-19 quarantine, the Indians put up a good fight against visiting Marist during their state tournament play-in match on Oct. 26.

"I'm incredibly proud of these young ladies, not just over the last week-and-a-half, which has been brutal and emotional on many levels, but over the course of the entire season," Nelzen said. "We had a 9-1 league record, the one loss being a forfeit, which is incredible, and they did it all together. No matter what was thrown our way, they did it together, never faltering in the idea that we can overcome if we work hard and work together.

"And they did that last night," she continued, "never giving up, right to the last point. This is a team that coaches hope to have one day come through their program and I was blessed with these 13 ladies. And our program will be better for it. They set a high standard for Molalla volleyball, and I am so grateful for that."

You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.

Go to top
JSN Time 2 is designed by | powered by JSN Sun Framework