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Madras High School Lady Buffalos fall to La Pine Hawks 3-0, Cascade Cougars 2-1; Home match against Gladstone Oct. 1.

STEELE HAUGEN - Madras volleyball lost to La Pine 3-0, Cascade 2-1.The Madras volleyball team played in a tournament at Sisters High School Sept. 21, and after a few matches of pool play, the Lady Buffs lost to Cascade 2-1 (20-25, 25-21, 9-15).

"It was awesome to see us come out and battle with Cascade in that second set," head coach Natalie Villanueva said. "That was cool to see that we can implement things and make it happen. We served really well in the second and third set."

La Pine showdown

The White Buffalos also traveled to La Pine facing the Hawks Sept. 19. Madras lost 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-13) to the home La Pine squad.

"I thought our blocking was super clean that game, which I love," Villanueva said. "We have been working on that in practice, so it was really cool to see it happen in that game. It was a huge growth, just a look into us and the team, knowing that we can learn so quickly and we can implement it so fast. So it was really cool to see that."

"We are learning so many new things and a lot of it is just how to play volleyball more technically," she said. "Because we are learning so much in practice, we are going through a lot as a team. I think once we start to realize who we are, what being a teammate looks like, what our program expectations are, volleyball will take care of itself, once we can get through all the program standards, expectations and leadership roles."

The Lady Buffs travel to North Marion High School, taking on the Huskies at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. They have a home game against Gladstone at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 1.

"All three coaches here are new," said Villanueva. "We are all going through this huge transition together and we are understanding what 4A volleyball looks like, what Tri-Valley volleyball looks like. It is a new process for all three coaches. Once we figure out who we want to be and who are we as Madras volleyball, then we can come back to narrowing it down, bringing a higher strategy and high level of volleyball to the program."

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