Madras High School nearly swiped a Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference match on the road in volleyball last week for the second consecutive season at La Salle.
>White Buffs earn third at Century
The White Buffalos battled back from an 18-24 deficit in the fourth game for a 29-27 victory, but lost the fifth and final game 15-12 during a 23-25, 25-16, 22-25, 29-27, 12-15 TVC match Sept. 22.
"We didn't pass that well as a team and made too many errors," MHS head coach Jamie Smith said. "We dug deep in that fourth game and we will gain a lot from it."
Laura Sullivan led the way for Madras. The senior had 16 kills, while junior teammate Sarah Brown added 13 kills, 16 digs and six blocks.
"La Salle is in a rebuilding year as well and we're still searching for that experience," Smith said.
Lauren Simmons had 30 digs and Natalie Martin served 17 of 17 with three aces to go with 15 digs for the White Buffalos, who won at La Salle last season and lost at home.
"Lauren dug everything up and kept us in it and Natalie is really serving well," Smith said.
The White Buffalos (0-1 TVC) hosted Gladstone (0-1) Tuesday after press deadline. Madras visits Estacada (1-0) at 6 p.m. Sept. 29.
Buffs third at tourney
On Sept. 24, Madras placed third at the Century High School volleyball tournament.
"We played pretty well against some bigger schools," Smith said.
Madras defeated Milwaukie 25-10, 25-22, 25-10 and lost to Dallas 16-25, 25-16, 23-25 in pool play, before defeating Benson 25-14, 25-16 in bracket play. The White Buffalos were eliminated by Sprague 13-25, 25-18, 9-15 in the semifinals for third place overall.
Shani Rehwinkel had the hot hand at the service line. The senior served 63 of 63 in the tournament, with 10 aces. She also had 15 straight points in the third game against Milwaukie.
"Shani needed a performance like that for her confidence," Smith said. "She had a great day and I think it will translate into league play."
Rehwinkel also had 23 digs and eight kills. Teammate Shelby Mauritson finished with 27 assists, 20 kills and 27 digs, while Brown booked 29 kills, nine blocks and 27 digs and Sullivan ended with 31 kills and six blocks.
"Lauren (Simmons) played well for us and we just had a few too many errors in the semifinal match or we would have advanced," Smith said.