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Gladstone Gladiators no match for Madras, as Lady Buffalos gets first victory of the season at home.

STEELE HAUGEN - Taylor Olson makes a dig for the Buffalos during Madras' 3-1 victory over the Gladstone Gladiators at home. That was the first win of the season for the Lady Buffalos.
The Madras Lady Buffalo volleyball team picked up its first victory of the season after beating Gladstone 3-1 Oct. 1.

Madras took an early lead in the first set, when a kill by Raelee Simmons gave the Lady Buffs a 5-2 lead. Gladstone started to make the score closer, but a kill by Olivia Symons made the score 9-7 in favor of the Lady Buffs.

A few plays later, Symons served back-to-back aces, extending the Madras lead to 15-10 and forcing the Gladstone Gladiators to call a timeout.

An ace by Raelee Simmons gave Madras its biggest lead of the game at 18-11, but Gladstone went on a small run, cutting the Buff' lead down to 18-16. Gladstone soon took a 20-19 lead over Madras, but a DaRia White kill tied the set at 20-20.

The match stayed tied at 23-23 before Tegan Lantz spiked the ball over the net, giving Madras the lead. The Gladiators took the lead back over Madras at 25-24 and head Madras coach Natalie Villanueva called a quick timeout.

A serving penalty on Gladstone and hit into the net gave Madras a 26-25 lead and Symons hit a big spike to help Madras win set one 27-25.

The Gladiators came out swinging in the second set and quickly took a 11-3 lead over Madras. The Lady Buffs were able to cut the lead down to one at 16-15, but Gladstone went on a 9-4 run to end the second set, winning set two over Madras 25-19.

STEELE HAUGEN - Tegan Lantz spikes the ball during the Lady Buffs' 3-1 win over Gladstone Oct. 1.Madras refocused in the third set and a kill by Symons gave Madras a 15-7 lead over Gladstone, which called a timeout down by eight.

Taylor Olson gave the Lady Buffs a jolt of momentum serving several aces, helping give Madras a 20-8 lead. Gladstone didn't give up, cutting the lead down to 21-18.

Kills by Symons and Lantz gave Madras a comfortable 23-18 lead and a kill by White sealed a 25-19 set three victory.

The fourth set started out close, with the score tied at 9-9. A few plays later, an ace by Aspen Holcomb and a kill by White gave Madras a 16-11 lead and Gladstone called a timeout.

Madras held onto the lead until the end of the match and a big spike by Symons sealed a 25-17 set four win and the Lady Buffalos' first victory of the season. Madras beat Gladstone 27-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-17.

"I am really proud of us because it is the first win of the season and we pulled it together, played together well and our effort was amazing," Olson said. "In our huddle before the third set, we talked about our hustle and our communication. That really brought us back up as a team."

"We work on our serves a lot in practices," she said. "It is one of our main focuses actually. I think we just need to keep up the talk, and just play together as a team."

The Lady Buffalos also played Molalla in a Tri-Valley League showdown Oct. 3.

Madras lost to the Molalla Indians in three sets, 25-16, 25-10, 25-23.

The White Buffalos traveled to Junction City for a tournament, Oct 5, and after some pool play, Madras was matched up against Siuslaw, and lost in two sets.

The Lady Buffs travel to Corbett High School to face the Cardinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. They have a home match against North Marion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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