Buff spikers rally for win
The Buffs rallied to at The Dalles in five games during Thursday's Intermountain Conference match. Madras opened the week with a four-game loss at Bend.
The split moved the Buffs to 4-9 in IMC play with one match left. Madras hosts Mountain View on Thursday to finish the season. The Cougars are ranked No. 2 in the latest 5A coaches' poll, behind fellow IMC team Crook County.
Madras 3, The Dalles 2: A close loss in the second game fueled the Buff win. Madras won 18-25, 22-25, 25-10, 25-16, 15-8.
The Eagle Indians dominated the opening game led by lefty middle hitter Jessica Wood.
"They came out on fire and we struggled to block their middle hitter," Madras coach Caron Smith said. "So we played reaction defense in those first two games."
The Buffs rallied late in that second game as Hayley Nye had 11 consecutive serves. It was part of her 29 of 29 effort for the night.
"Hayley's serving started our momentum and we never looked back," Smith said.
Nye nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 10 kills, 10 digs and nine blocks, four stuffs. Fellow middle hitter Krista Haugen added six kills and nine blocks, seven stuffs.
Outside hitter Britney Lindgren contributed 13 kills and 11 digs. Setter Sabria Rios had 23 assists on 69 of 72 sets. Libero Danielle Palmer had 10 digs to go along with 19 of 21 serving. Sophomore Hansina Martin added three aces on 14 of 16 serving.
"The win was a great team effort," Smith said. "Every player had digs and saves; everyone contributed. It was the ultimate finish to come from behind and win after being down two games."
Bend 3, Madras 2: A few points late in the opening two games were the difference in the 25-23, 25-23, 12-25, 25-14 match at Bend.
The decision reverses a five-game victory by Madras a month earlier.
The Buffs rolled ahead 15-5 in the opening game, helped by 11 points on Lava Bear mistakes. The trend reversed, with Bend scoring 14 of its final 17 points on Madras mistakes.
A point-by-point battle followed in the second game with Nye delivering two of her team-high 11 kills plus a block.
Bend jumped ahead 22-15 but that lead dissolved as Krista Haugen had two stuff blocks, part of her seven stuffs among her 15 blocks. The Buffs moved to 24-23 before a Lava Bear kill ended the game.
Madras let out its frustration by dominating the third game. The Buffs broke a 6-6 tie with nine straight points, all on serves by Martin. The sophomore put in all 15 of her serves to go along with seven perfect serve receive passes and four digs.
"Hansina had moments of stardom," Smith said.
Madras closed out the game with three more Nye kills, plus kills by Krista and Kora Haugen.
Bend dominated the final game, jumping ahead 12-6 and staying ahead.
For the match, Rios had 62 positive sets with 18 assists. Lindgren had seven kills and Kora Haugen six.
-- Gary Lindberg