Lady Celt Alyssa Andretta passes the ball to the front line during McNary’s contest with the Sprague Olympians last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

McNary High School’s varsity volleyball team fell behind early in a match-up with Sprague High School, but battled back in the second set to take off the undefeated Central Valley Conference leaders.

The Celts met the Olys on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and the Olys held as much as a double-digit lead over McNary when tough serves by Celt Allison McGregor helped chip away at the Olys’ cushion.

Despite the rally, Sprague came out on top of the Celts in the first set 25-18, but McNary edged the team out 25-21 in the second set. The Celts didn’t let the team off easy, however, the Olys took the final two sets of the match with scores of 25-21 and 25-18.

“We played really well and I was really proud of everybody. It was a step up from where we were a few of the previous games and we just all came together more and went for every ball,” said Lady Celt Alyssa Andretta.

Lexi Price led the team with 13 kills, seven digs and two aces. Alyssa Andretta added six kills and thirteen digs, Rachel Stupfel had seven kills and Lauren Hudgins had six blocks.

After the Sprague match, McNary began its second trip through CVC competition with a match-up against McKay High School. The team repeated its success in their first contest with the Royal Scots taking the match in straight sets of 25-13, 25-19, and 25-12.

“We learned to keep pushing even when we’re still ahead and we worked hard again kind of continuing the effort we had with Sprague,” Andretta said.

Price had 11 kills and 20 digs, Baili Keeton added two aces and 19 digs while freshman middle Kaelie Flores had five kills and three blocks.

Over the weekend, the team traveled to Westview High School for a tournament where they split games with Sunset and Grant high schools before losing to South Albany in their final match to finish a close third in their division.

“Lexi, Allison and Alyssa all played very well in the tournament,” said Kellie Scholl, McNary head coach.

Andretta thought the team might have been able to overcome the Rebels had the previous matches not taken such a toll physically.

“We started off playing pretty well and then we got tired, but we got a lot of great experience against good teams at the tournament,” she said.