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Madras reels off three straight sets to win a road match at Corbett

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Madras players Taylor Sjolund and Shelby Mauritson go up for a block on the right side during Tuesdays four-set win at Corbett.CORBETT — The Madras volleyball team got a solid tune up heading into the 4A playoffs with a four-set win Tuesday night at Corbett — a top-10 team at the 3A level, which finished as the state runner-up last season.

After dropping the opening set, the White Buffaloes reeled off three straight to claim the 19-25, 25-16, 25-13, 29-27 win.

Madras turned the tide in the second set by feeding heavy hitters Shelby Mauritson and Alexis Urbach for a series of kills that would go largely unchallenged the rest of the night.

The teams were one point apart through the early stages of the second set before Madras began to pull away on a block by Mauritson, followed with a kill by Elle Renault after a Corbett pass floated over the middle.

Taylor Sjolund went up at the net and blocked an attack while drifting toward the left antennae to put Madras up 16-11. Karlee Simmons found the back corner with a service ace and Urbach added a kill from the 10-foot line to expand the lead. The set ended with Mauritson slamming a kill shot that knocked a Corbett player to the floor.

Madras was unchallenged in the third set, getting a four-point scoring spree off the serve of Mauritson to build a 14-8 lead at the end of the first rotation.

Corbett suffered five straight first-serve sideouts, as the gap quickly expanded to double digits. Urbach highlighted the rally by going up for a big swing that was blocked. Moments later, the ball was floating her way once again. This time she directed a soft tip shot that eluded two blockers and fell in Corbett’s front row.

Mauritson and Urbach consistently targeted open spots near the end line to close out the set 25-13.

Corbett put up a fight in the fourth set as the lead switched hands four times in the early stages of play. But back-to-back kills into the back row by Mauritson helped the White Buffaloes pull away 16-13 and eventually win in extra points.

Madras hosts Philomath to open the 4A playoffs at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.

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