MHS sweeps Gladstone, falls to Estacada

by: Photo by Joe McHaney - Shani Rehwinkel of Madras sets the volleyball Sept. 27 during a Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference match against visiting Gladstone.

   Despite leading in the first and second games, Madras was unable to earn a single-game victory Sept. 29 during a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference volleyball loss at Estacada.
   The defeat dropped Madras to 1-2 overall in TVC play.
   "We don't want to make excuses, but we made too many mistakes and handed them a lot of points," MHS head coach Jamie Smith said. "Bottom line is we didn't finish up games with leads."
   Natalie Martin led a strong serving effort by the White Buffalos. The senior served 11 of 11 from the service line with three aces.
   "The positive is we served 97 percent as a team, which is a step forward," Smith said. "Natalie gave us a couple runs with strong serving."
   Freshman Shelby Mauritson booked six kills and 12 digs for the White Buffalos.
   "That was a good match for Shelby," Smith said. "She took a step in her development and gained some confidence."
   Shani Rehwinkel had 16 assists for Madras.
   MHS sweeps Gladstone
   On Sept. 27, MHS punished visiting Gladstone at the net.
   Senior Laura Sullivan hammered seven kills, leading MHS to a 25-14, 25-14, 25-22 TVC victory.
   "She played really well," said Madras junior Sarah Brown, who had a kill and an ace to put the Gladiators away in the third and final game. "It's really important to win our home matches and we played well."
   Lauren Simmons did a little bit of everything for Madras. The junior logged 17 digs and was effective with her jump serve, recording two aces in the second game.
    "Lauren is an all-around player and does a lot for our team," said Mauritson, who had several powerful kills in the match. "I think we played well because we played as a team."
   Rehwinkel finished with 17 assists.
   "We swung really well tonight and our middles played aggressive," Smith said. "We just have to continue to play our game and get after it."
   The White Buffalos visited Molalla) after press deadline Tuesday. Madras hosts North Marion at 6 p.m. Oct. 6.

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