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Madras High School Lady Buffalos volleyball loses to Crook County Cowgirls 3-0, Woodburn Bulldogs 3-1.

STEELE HAUGEN - Senior Aspen Holcomb makes a dig during the Lady Buffs' 3-0 home loss to Crook County Sept. 10.
Madras High School volleyball traveled to Woodburn to take on the Bulldogs, but fell short 3-1 in four sets.

"I thought we played really well," head Madras coach Natalie Villanueva said. "We are transitioning seamlessly, which is something we have been working on. To see it implemented in the game was a huge win for us."

"We have been working on talking during plays, which is a major part of volleyball that we are relearning how to do," she said. "Overall, I thought we played and competed well. We went in there with goals and accomplished that, so I am happy with how we played."

The first set was close with the score 25-21 in favor of the Bulldogs, but Madras bounced back in the second set, winning 25-15.

With the match tied 1-1, both teams knew how crucial the next set would be. Woodburn was able to get a slight edge over the Lady Buffs, winning the third set 26-24.

The momentum of the third set helped the Bulldogs take control of the game and the match, as Woodburn won the fourth set 25-8.

"When our mindsets are there and we are clear with what we want to accomplish, that is when we play well," Villanueva said. "When taking care of our serves, making them, it just creates good momentum for us. For us, it is our mindset and that is what we have been working on."

The Madras Lady Buffalos faced the powerful 5A Crook County Cowgirls at home Sept. 10, losing 25-6, 25-12, 25-4.

Crook County used their serve-receive skills to set up their very tall hitters, allowing the Cowgirls to get open kills on the Lady Buffs.

Madras was able to take a 4-3 lead over Crook County to start the first set, but the Cowgirls didn't make very many mistakes as the set went on, and beat Madras 25-6 in set one.

The Cowgirls took an early 10-4 lead over the Lady Buffs and several serving errors by both squads made the score 15-7 in favor of Crook County.

A big kill by Olivia Symons made the score 18-8, but soon the Buffs were down 21-9 and head coach Natalie Villanueva called a timeout to get the girls regrouped. Madras was able to score a few more points, but the deficit was too much, as Madras lost the second set 25-12.

With all the energy with the Cowgirls, Crook County was able to use their momentum to beat Madras in set three 25-4, ending the match with a 3-0 victory.

The Lady Buffs travel to La Pine to take on the Hawks at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. They also travel to Sisters Saturday, Sept. 21, playing in a tournament. Madras has their first league game at home against Corbett at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23.


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