Madras loses 10-4 lead in fifth game
Madras High School gave visiting La Salle all it could handle Monday in a Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference volleyball match.
But, the Falcons overcame a 10-4 disadvantage in the fifth and final game to win in five games over the White Buffalos for the second time this season 25-13, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-13.
"We just lost the momentum," said senior middle blocker Laura Sullivan. "It was a fun atmosphere, but it was upsetting that we didn't win."
La Salle improved to 6-0 in TVC play, while the White Buffalos fell to 3-3 in TVC play.
"We just made too many errors," MHS head coach Jamie Smith said of the difference in the match. "Sometimes we get a little panicky and we got a little anxious."
Madras built a 10-4 lead in the fifth game and led 13-11 after Shani Rehwinkel hammered a kill, but Madras had two hitting errors to help La Salle even the game 13-13 before the Falcons put the game and the match away 15-13.
Madras set the tone early in the match. The White Buffalos used an 8-0 run late in the first game, led by solid serving by Rehwinkel.
"She has definitely picked it up the last two weeks and is serving the ball really well," Smith said of Rehwinkel. "It was fun to watch and it was one of her better matches of the season."
La Salle, however, countered with a 7-0 run to open the second game, and led 24-13, before Madras found momentum. The White Buffalos rode strong serving by Natalie Martin to make the score 24-19, before La Salle went on to win 25-19.
The third game featured several crowd-pleasing rallies. The game was even 20-20, but a Rehwinkel kill followed by a Sarah Brown block handed Madras a 22-20 advantage. Shelby Mauritson would pick up an ace to make the score 24-20 and the Buffalos put the game away several plays later.
The fourth game was again tied 20-20, but two Madras errors aided La Salle in posting a 5-0 run for the game, before the Falcons stole the show down the stretch in the fifth and final game.
"I just felt like I needed to go out and show them what I can do," Rehwinkel said. "It was a game of momentum, and at times we had it going our way, but we let it slip away in the end."
In the two schools' first encounter, La Salle edged Madras 15-12 in the final game to win the match Sept. 22.
"La Salle is a good team because they have good net players and they can dig the ball," Sullivan said. "It was a good learning experience to play against players like that."
Sullivan led Madras with 16 kills. Rehwinkel finished with 11 kills, 20 assists, 17 digs, and was 30 of 31 from the service line.
Lauren Simmons served 15 of 16 and had 32 digs, Shelby Mauritson was 15 of 15 serving, and had 14 kills to go with 21 assists. Cheyenne Parsons was 11 of 12 serving, with two aces for Madras.
Buffalos sweep Huskies
On Oct. 6, Madras defeated visiting North Marion 25-17, 25-12, 25-8.
Brown had 11 kills and eight digs. Mauritson booked 10 kills and 11 digs. Rehwinkel finished with 23 assists and Natalie Martin was 17 of 17 serving to go with 12 digs for Madras.
Madras defeats Molalla
On Oct. 4, Sullivan hammered 13 kills and Rehwinkel added eight kills in leading Madras past host Molalla 25-16, 25-18, 25-15.
MHS ties for third
On Oct. 8, the White Buffalos tied for third at the Junction City tournament.
In pool play, MHS split with Douglas 25-20, 21-25 and Junction 23-25, 25-16, and defeated La Pine 25-16, 25-13.
In bracket play, the White Buffalos lost to Cottage Grove 16-25, 26-24, 12-15. Madras trailed 24-18 in the second game, but rallied to win thanks to strong serving by Martin, according to Smith.
Rehwinkel found her groove in the tournament, serving 41 of 45 with 8 aces to go with 39 assists, 21 kills and 25 digs.
Sullivan and Mauritson each had 22 kills.
Madras is 10-10-3 overall this season.