Buffs drop home opener volleyball match
The Madras White Buffalos got off to a great start Thursday, but were unable to maintain the momentum as they fell in straight sets to the Sweet Home Huskies in a non-league volleyball match.
The host White Buffalos jumped on top early on a kill by KayDee Abendschein. After Sweet Home tied the match the two teams traded points, with 13 ties in the set before Sweet Home scored the final three points to take a 25-22 win in the opening set.
"I think it was the energy," senior outside hitter Yvonee Green said of the solid Madras start. "Most of the time we don't really bring the energy, but this time we had a lot of supporters come out and help us with the energy and it helped us a lot on the court. We became one in the first set."
Sweet Home jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and never looked back as they pulled away for a 25-11 win. Madras regrouped before the third set, and when Breanna Lacey blasted a kill the two teams were tied 3-3.
However, the Huskies scored six of the next seven points to take control of the set, and the match. Sweet Home continued to pull away until Lacey picked up her fourth kill tp make the score 18-10 Huskies. The two teams traded points the remainder of the match, but it wasn't enough as Sweet Home took a 25-16 win to clinch the victory.
"Oh, absolutely, I think the effort is there," Madras head coach Frank Maynard said. "I'm happy with the effort and we way improved from playing Caldera (the first match of the year for the White Buffalos), so it's all positive."
Abendschein let the Madras offensive attack with five kills, while Lacey finished with four and Illiana Hance, Matty Buck and Breann Heckathorn each added three.
"In practice we are stellar," Maynard said. "But, they get out here and they don't have a lot of experience at higher level competition. I saw whomever is passing the ball on the second touch is not getting to the best option, so we are having trouble getting hits, but when we swing we are pretty good."
Seven different White Buffalos each had an ace in the match, while Hance, Lacey and Heckathorn each had a block kill in the match.
As a team the White Buffalos finished with 20 kills, however, led by eight kills from Bayless Mark, the Huskies finished with 33 kills. Kaylynn Mamac added seven kills for Sweet Home, while Brooklyn Hanni finished with six and Natalie Summers added five.
"Moving forward I hope we continue to play like we played in the first set, with the effort and everything," Green said. "We are just trying to move on to the next game and we are expecting to get a win soon."
The White Buffalos will take on Trinity Lutheran in Bend on Tuesday before opening the league season on the road at Estacada (1-1). Madras closes out a busy week on Saturday when they compete in the Sisters Invitational Volleyball Tournament.
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