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Madras Lady Buffalos volleyball team falls to Elmira Falcons at home 3-1 to start the 2019 season.

STEELE HAUGEN - Olivia Symons attempts to tip the ball over an Elmira blocker during the Lady Buffs' 3-1 loss Aug. 29.The Madras Lady Buffs volleyball team had their season opener at home against Elmira Aug. 29, losing to the Falcons in four sets.

Madras took command early in the first set with a 7-5 lead to start things off. The Falcons took an 11-10 lead, but kills by Madison and Korie Johnson gave the Lady Buffs the lead back.

The set remained back-and-forth with the set tied at 17-17. A few rotation fouls gave the Falcons the lead and Elmira went ahead 23-20 near the end of the set number one. Madras fought hard and an ace by Korie Johnson cut the Falcons' lead down to 23-22. The Lady Buffs couldn't score the rest of the set and Elmira won the first set 25-22.

During the second set, things were not looking good for Madras, which was down 7-1 early. A few plays later, a big spike by Korie Johnson and an ace by Kelly Haung cut the Falcons' lead down to 8-4.

STEELE HAUGEN - Raelee Simmons tips the ball over the net during the Buff's 3-1 loss to Elmira Aug. 29.The Lady Buffs kept up their good play and two aces in a row by Korie Johnson tied the game at 11-11 and Elmira called a timeout to regroup.

After the timeout, senior captain Korie Johnson kept things rolling with two more aces, giving Madras a 13-11 lead. Madras kept control of their lead and a kill by Haung gave Madras a big 21-16 lead. A big spike by Olivia Symons gave Madras a set two 25-17 victory.

During the third set, it remained close with the Falcons taking a 10-8 lead, but Elmira started to pull away, taking a 13-8 lead, forcing the Buffs to call a timeout.

Elmira remained in the lead in set three. A block by Madison Johnson cut the Falcon lead to 23-19, but Elmira closed out set three, winning 25-20. Elmira now had a 2-1 lead in sets and were one set away from winning.

The fourth set started with a 6-6 tie, but a kill by Symons and three aces in a row by Haung gave Madras a 10-6 lead. Elmira chipped away at the Buffalos lead, using their height advantage to tie the game at 14-14, forcing a Madras timeout.

A few aces in a row by senior Aspen Holcomb gave Madras a big 22-14 lead and Madras was three points away from forcing a fifth and final set.

However, Elmira went on a 4-0 run and Madras called a quick timeout still up 22-18. The Lady Buffs could not stop the momentum of the Falcons, as Elmira won the fourth set 25-22. They ended the set scoring nine unanswered points to close out the match.

Elmira beat Madras 25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 25-22 for a 3-1 victory to start the season 1-0.

Madras next plays in the Cascade Volleyball Tournament at Cascade High School Saturday, Sept. 7. The Lady Buffs also have a home game at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 against Crook County.


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