While the Molalla volleyball team fell in three sets (25-13, 25-9, 25-23) to Scappoose on Thursday night in their season opener, they didn't go down without a fight.
And even though Molalla struggled through the first two sets, it wasn't because they were giving away a ton of points due to careless errors, they were simply outmatched in terms of size and power as Scappoose had a clear height advantage at the net and showcase powerful kill shots that at times were too much to handle.
Molalla turned things around in the third set, however, as they held the lead through most of the set, leading 11-5 at one point and showing great energy and conditioning, something head coach Lauree Nelzen was definitely pleased with after the game.
"The energy picked up for us and Scappoose definitely got tired," Nelzen said. "I know some of our girls were very dedicated to our offseason and preseason conditioning program, and it showed; we should really be able to play five sets, and I think we can."
"I think if we would've pushed through that third set and take them to four and five, it would've been a different outcome."
Nelzen said she was happy with the way her team played in their season opener Thursday night against a Scappoose team that already had a game under their belts and is consistently making playoff appearances.
"I'm really happy with it; you always want to come away with stuff that you see that you like and things you need to work on, so we'll continue to work on those things along with our mental game," Nelzen said.
"That's a team that generally does end up in the postseason, so I'm pleased."
While Molalla played well at the net and their service reception was strong, they did have eight service errors that Nelzen said can't happen in the future.
"It's the first game and I think our nerves definitely got the best of us … for us it's just unforced errors, we have to take care of the stuff on our side and make them earn it; we had eight missed serves tonight which is a little much, but I think our service reception was good and we passed really well, so we were right there with them," Nelzen said.
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