White Buffalos lose heartbreaker
The Madras volleyball team lost a heartbreaker at home Oct. 4. The Buffs played Corbett and things looked good after two hard-fought set wins, but the Buffs lost the next three sets and lost the game 3-2.
The first set was very close, tied 9-9. Erica Desjardins tipped the ball over the net for a point and had a kill, making the score 11-9. In a series of points for the Buffs, Ally Dominiak had a tip, Desjardins a kill, Dominiak a block and kill, giving Madras a 16-12 lead.
The Cardinals tied the game at 19-19, but Corbett hit the ball into the net and Korie Johnson served an ace, giving Madras a 21-19 lead and forcing a Corbett time out. A tip from Niyalee Cochran and kill from Desjardins extended the MHS lead to 23-19.
Corbett tied the game at 23-23, before hitting the ball into the net. On the next play, a Dominiak kill gave the Buffs a 25-23 first-set win.
In the second set, the White Buffalos were down for most of the time. A tip from Sophie Courville tied the game at 21-21 and a Jen Binning ace gave Madras the first lead of the set, 22-21.
The set was tied 23-23 before Dominiak blocked a shot from Corbett. The Buffs took a 24-23 lead and Corbett called a time-out on game point. After the timeout, the Cardinals tied the game at 24-24, but a kill from Johnson gave the Buffs the lead back at 25-24.
Corbett hit the ball out of bounds and Madras won the second set 26-24. The White Buffalos took a 2-0 lead and were one set away from beating Corbett.
The third set looked good for the White Buffalos, with a 2-0 start, but Corbett went on a 5-0 run and took a 5-2 lead. A kill by Dominiak closed the gap for Madras, down 12-11, but the Cardinals went on a 5-1 run and Madras called a timeout, down 17-12.
Madras was not able to come back on the Cardinals in the third set and lost 25-18, still one set away from winning the game.
The White Buffalos and the Cardinals fought hard and played well in the fourth set. The Cardinals had a small 13-12 lead, but a big rally would change the momentum of the set. After the rally, Corbett went on a 9-3 run and took a 23-14 lead. The Buffs tried to come back but fell short 25-17.
Madras and Corbett were tied in sets 2-2 and had the final set to 15 points left.
The fifth and final set did not start well for Madras, as they found themselves down 1-5 early. The Buffs shortened the Cardinals' lead down to 8-6 and forced a Corbett timeout. Later in the set, a kill by Courville made the score 10-8 in favor of Corbett. Corbett closed out the last set on a 5-1 run and won the set 15-9. The Cardinals won the game 3-2.
Dominiak led the team in kills with 12, Desjardins had nine and Courville 8. Korie Johnson finished the game with 32 digs, Desjardins with 24, and Cochran 21.
"I guess all I can say is I feel like the girls went out hard the first two games, gave it all they had and because of that, they didn't have enough to close out a third," head coach Brianna Hewson said.
"I feel like each girl had her moments of greatness, but we just couldn't get all of them on the same page at once," she said. "We would stay right with them at the beginning of each game and then halfway through they would just pull away."
"It was a great accomplishment for them to come out at home and go to five games with them, considering that when we first played them away, they swept us in three," Hewson said. "Angela (Corbett's coach) even commented at the end on how great they look and that it's not the same team they saw to start the season."
The White Buffalos have a home game Oct. 10, at 6 p.m., against the Gladstone Gladiators.