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Madras volleyball beats Gladstone Gladiators 3-0, Molalla Indians in five sets, 3-2.

STEELE HAUGEN - Jen Binning and Niyallee Cochran attempt to block a Molalla spike.The Madras volleyball program traveled to Junction City for a tournament and lost to Siuslaw 2-0. They did not have their full team and lost, 25-13, 25-22.

"We were down four starters, so we played the weekend without a libero and just let the girls have fun," said head coach Brianna Hewson. "Almost all players played different positions and just tried something new. Everyone played all the way around, so some were able to have a chance at defense," she said.

League wins

The Madras White Buffalo volleyball program won two league games last week, beating Gladstone 3-0 Sept. 25, and fighting for a close 3-2 win over Molalla Sept. 27.

In the Molalla game, Madras took control early and won the first set. The set was tied 4-4, when the Buffs went on a 7-1 run. A pair of aces by Loraija Miller helped the Buffs take a 11-5 lead and forced a Molalla time out.

Madras controlled the lead and a block by Ally Dominiak made the set 17-9. The White Buffalos finished the set out 25-17, thanks to a block from Jen Binning.

The Buffs struggled in the second set, down 9-6 early. A Dominiak kill improved the score to 9-7 in favor of Molalla and later, an Erica Desjardins kill made the score 12-9. The Buffs fell behind 16-10, leading to a Madras timeout.

After the timeout, the Indians went on a 9-3 run and won set two 25-13.

The third set was very close and a battle all the way until the end. Set three had five different lead changes, with the largest lead by either team being three points.

STEELE HAUGEN - The Madras White Buffalo volleyball squad celebrates after winning the fifth set against Molalla. The Buffs won 3-2.A Niyallee Cochran ace tied the score at 7-7, and a little later, a Korie Johnson ace tied the game at 10-10. Madras took their first lead at 12-11, but Molalla managed to go up 16-14.

Spikes from Binning and Olivia Symons tied the set back up at 16-16 and Buffs took an 18-16 lead before taking a timeout.

Molalla took the lead again before a big spike by Dominiak tied the set 19-19, and a Cochran ace gave the Buffs the lead back at 20-19. Kills by Symons and Dominiak gave the Buffs the biggest lead of the set at 22-19, but the Indians tied the set back up at 22-22.

Madras went up 24-22, but with one point to close out the set, the Buffs couldn't score and Molalla went on a 4-0 run, winning the set 26-24. The Indians went up 2-1 sets on the Buffalos and only needed to win one more set to win the game.

Two aces by Cochran and a kill by Desjardins gave the White Buffalos a 3-0 lead in the fourth set. The Buffs took an 11-7 lead that led to Molalla taking a timeout. After the timeout, the Indians went on an 8-1 run and took a 15-12 lead.

Madras was down 20-16 and the Buffs took a timeout to refocus.

"During the timeout, I told them to clean it up," Hewson said. "I told them they have to clean it up if they want to continue on and pull this off; clean it up. Force them to make the mistakes and focus on what you need to do and do your job."

With the score 18-20, two big tips, one by Cochran and one by Dominiak tied the game at 20-20. With the game tied 22-22, a big tip by Dominiak and a spike by Cochran helped seal the fourth set for Madras, 25-22.

For only the second game of the year, the Buffs found themselves playing in the fifth and final set. Madras came back from being down 2-0 to Elmira in their first game of the season and won three straight sets, winning 3-2.

The Buffs took a 7-3 lead early in the set, but Molalla battled back to make the score 8-7. The Buffalos were up 10-9, before going on a 4-0 run, taking a 14-9 lead, one point away from winning the game. Molalla scored two more points before the Buffs won the fifth and final set 15-11. Madras won the game 3-2 in a hard fought victory.

"Overall, I am extremely happy," Hewson said. "I asked them in the last set, what kind of team do you want to be? Do you want to come out in your house and give it up or go out and kill it. They made the decision that they wanted to kill it."

STEELE HAUGEN - Korie Johnson receives a serve during the Buffs' 3-2 home win over the Molalla Indians."There are still a lot of things we need to clean up," Hewson said. "There were numerous times the mistakes we made led to their points. We can't give up that many points on our mistakes. We still have work to do."

"They played hard, they stayed up and they played intense," she said. "They did not give up at any point."

Dominiak led the team in kills with 11 and Desjardins with six. Johnson finished the game with 20 digs and Symons with 11. Cochran ended the game with seven aces, eight kills, 20 assists and 13 digs.

"Of course, everyone wants to win 3-0, because it is quick, it's over and you are done, but it shows you what your girls can do and what they are willing to do," Hewson said. "It lets you know if they are going to give up or push back hard when it comes to it. It lets their teammates know who they can rely on."

Gladstone

The Buffs also beat Gladstone 3-0 Sept. 25. They won all three sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-14.

"Game one was closer than I was hoping for," Hewson said. "They started out really slow in warm-ups, which is something we are working on. In game two, we were up 16-10 and six of those 10 points were from our missed serves. I pulled them in and told them any more missed serves and we're running laps."

"They came out and pushed harder before set three came around," she said "They cleaned up, made better serves and pulled it out."

Johnson led the team in digs with six and Dominiak led the team in kills with eight. Cochran finished the game with nine aces and 13 assists.

With the two wins, Madras is now 6-5 overall and 2-2 in league play.

Madras played Estacada on Tuesday, Oct. 2, after the Pioneer's deadline.

"We need to continue what we are doing and focus on the little things here and there, because Estacada is going to be a big match," said Hewson. "It will basically be us playing hard and going all out."

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