ore energized Madras volleyball team couldn't climb past Summit for an Intermountain Conference victory.
The White Buffalos split the first two games of Thursday's match, but were unable to weather the Storm's efforts in the final two games. Summit won 25-23, 13-25, 25-15, 25-17 to stay alone in third place.
"If we'd played this way during last weekend, we would have beaten Hermiston," said Madras coach Caron Smith of losing to both the Bulldogs and Pendleton.
That energy showed up in rallying from a 10-4 deficit in the opening game. Madras used a block by Krista Haugen and kill by Keri Krenowicz to move to a 10-8 deficit.
Summit charged ahead but the Buffs answered. Sabria Rios served two aces to help her team move within two (16-14). A point-by-point battle followed with another Krenowicz kill moving the visitors to a 23-22 deficit.
Summit closed out the game with a pair of kills between a Haugen kill. The junior Haugen had two kills and a block in that game while Krenowicz had three kills.
Summit jumped ahead 4-0 in the second game, but that lead quickly vanished. Madras forced an 8-8 tie and scored 14 of the next 16 points.
Brittney Lindgren had five kills, Krista Haugen three kills and Kora Haugen a block in that spree. Hayley Nye finished off the game with a kill.
"It seems we win a game and then lose our momentum during the break," Smith said. "If we could just play to 50, we'd win two games."
Summit took control of the match with strong serving. The Storm had five aces in the fourth game and two more in the fifth.
"Our offense starts with the pass," Smith said. "During the season, if we get a good pass to our setter, we've had a lot of kills."
Krenowicz finished with 11 kills and Lindgren 10. Nye added six kills, five blocks and 10 digs. In serving, Rios was 16 of 16.
Madras finishes up the regular season with matches at The Dalles on Thursday and at home against Mountain View on Thursday, Oct. 26.