Madras White Buffalos to be shorthanded for remainder of the season, missing five players.

STEELE HAUGEN - Olivia Symons returns the ball.The White Buffalos volleyball program beat Gladstone at home Oct. 10. Madras won 3-1 — 25-22, 18-25, 25-22. 25-12.

"Game one we started everything normal with our starting six to try and get one game under our belt," head coach Brianna Hewson said. "The second game, I switched everybody and pretty much everything was opposite of what we have been doing. I put everyone in different positions and was able to get some kids playing time."

"We stuck with it for a little bit, but then we started making some mistakes because we were not used to playing next to certain people," she said. "Players would both go for the ball and just stop and let the ball drop. We have to get used to playing next to different people more, so we know what to do as far as reaction goes."

"Game three, we put our normal starters in and game four, I tried something a little different," said Hewson. "I had all three of my girls that play middle in at the same time. I had Sophia (Courville), Ally (Dominiak) and Loraija (Miller) up front, which is probably the biggest front line I am probably ever going to have."

"They had fun and did well," she said. "We had fun and pushed, but we could have been more intense, especially at home, but I am glad we were able to pull out the win."

Courville led the team in kills with 10 and Jen Binning with 5. Korie Johnson ended the game with 17 digs and three aces to lead the Buffalos.

The Madras volleyball program lost 3-0 to the North Marion Huskies on Oct. 8, 25-17, 25-17, 25-15, losing their fifth league game of the season.

"North Marion, is a big team and were the league leaders of the Tri-Valley," Hewson said. "When we were there, we did not play to our potential. We started strong, but had some issues with unruly fans and getting into our heads; I feel like we kind of gave up. The girls felt the same way after the game; we let them get to us. We left the game and went over to cheer the boys soccer team, cheering them on with positivity and to try to get our frustrations out."

The White Buffalos played at Molalla Oct. 15, after the Pioneer's deadline and have their last game at home Oct. 17, against Estacada.

Unfortunately, the Buffs will finish the season shorthanded, with several players missing. Five players, three seniors starters, were suspended by the school for the rest of the season for disciplinary reasons.

"As far as that goes, having such a phenomenal year compared to last year was such a turn around in everyone's attitude, their play, will and want and not giving up," Hewson said. "I guess the biggest thing is, it is heartbreaking. Not only for me, but for the girls."

"I am heartbroken for these girls; toward the last two games of the season, we have to switch things up and pretty much start all over," said Hewson. "It is frustrating, but we are going to push through and show how we can fight through adversity."

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