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The Melrose-Mindoro volleyball team was swept in two early season tournaments last week, but head coach Jamie Koss said the team is still working to mesh as a unit and will improve.

The Lady Mustangs went 0-4 at a home quadrangular, where they played Whitehall, Arcadia and Cochrane-Fountain City.

The team also traveled to a tournament at West Salem, where it went 0-7.

“I am pleased with the hustle, determination and the heart the girls were showing during playing,” Koss said. “I still have some girls that are out due to injury, but when we get them all better, they will work their way into the lineup.

“The girls proved that we may be a short team, but we can compete with the best.”

Mel-Min hosted the quad Thursday, where the team played its best volleyball against Arcadia, Koss said.

Although match scores and stats weren’t available as of press time, Koss said all Mel-Min’s opponents were strong, and the contests showed the team can improve in its serving.

“All are really good teams,” Koss said. “We played out best against Arcadia. The hustle and determination really showed on the court. Our serves hurt us, but that will improve with practice.

“The first games are always about getting the jitters out and learning how to play with new people. I was very pleased to see people step up where we needed them to and play different positions.”

The Lady Mustangs also played in the West Salem tournament Saturday, where they played without both of the team’s senior leaders — Megan Murray and Abby Aasen.

Match scores and stats also weren’t available for the Saturday tournament, but Koss said Mel-Min had seven players available who played hard against tough and some Division 1 level teams.

“The seven girls that I had hustled and really proved that they were determined to win,” Koss said. “The girls held their own and did everything I could ask of them.”

The team performed best against C-FC and Holmen, both of which they came close to defeating, Koss said.

“They were fired up and ready to win,” she said. “We are focusing on staying positive and doing everything we can.

“We still have some areas to improve on. Serving was better, but we need to capitalize on our attacks.”

Mel-Min is scheduled to travel to a tournament at Adams-Friendship Saturday.

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