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The Huskies bounce back from a competitive loss to the Valiants with a 3-0 sweep of Corbett.

The North Marion volleyball team is searching for consistency early on in its season, battling it out with the top teams in the state before moving into league play late last week.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion junior Shay Coello goes up for a kill against the Valley Catholic Valiants.

The Huskies began their season with a competitive 3-0 loss (27-25, 25-22, 25-20) to 5A The Dalles on Thursday, Sept. 2, and followed it up with a 3-0 win (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) over Banks on Wednesday, Sept. 8. A 2-0 loss against 3A Harrisburg in the Cascade Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11, put the team at 1-2 overall.

Heading into a clash against No. 1-ranked Valley Catholic, North Marion had a chance to test itself once again before Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) play began. The Valiants held their own though, sweeping North Marion at North Marion High School 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-15) on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

It was a competitive affair, and one that gives North Marion volleyball head coach Lindy Wing a lot of hope.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion senior Megan Netter tries to hit the ball past Valley Catholic blockers.

"I thought the girls put up a heck of a fight," Wing said. "We do need to fix our defense a little bit … they had some really hard, strong hitters and obviously our blocks were getting up great. We had some girls who really helped out in that aspect. But for the most part we got to transition quicker. Our defense has got to be ready for that. We got to have the confidence and the will to know that we can do that."

The first set was the most competitive of the three played. The second and third sets saw Valley Catholic jump out to early leads they never relinquished, thanks in part to the hitting of Valiant junior Naima Foster. North Marion had its moments thanks to a collective team effort, but it wasn't enough to get the win.

Two days later on Thursday, Sept. 16, North Marion traveled to league foe Corbett and handed the Cardinals their third loss of the season, winning 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-21). With a 1-0 TVC record, the Huskies stand at the top of the division with Molalla (1-0 TVC, 4-5 overall) and Estacada (1-0 TVC, 2-3 overall). The next game for North Marion will be a road game against Gladstone (0-1 TVC, 3-2 overall) on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

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