By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club honored Lady Celt Megan Douglas with its Senior Athlete of the Year Award Friday, Nov. 14.
Douglas, the McNary High School varsity volleyball team’s libero, was instrumental in the Celtics’ stellar season that ended in Oregon’s Elite 8 at the state tournament.
From the start of the season, Douglas set her goals high.
“I wanted to make first team all-league and I wanted to become a leader on the team. It meant I had to come out of my shell,” Douglas said. “Beyond that I just wanted to be the best passer I could.”
She was named to the first team all-league and her stats tell much of the rest of the story. Douglas played in 16 matches and 62 sets averaging 4.35 digs per set with 270 digs total. She boasted a 96 percent serving average with 39 aces and only 12 errors on 284 attempts. Perhaps the most important statistic was her passing average, which was 2.08 on 347 attempts. Passing average rates the quality of a pass. A perfect pass (rated a 3) would allow the setters their complete range of offensive options, Douglas’ number means the Celtic setters had at least two offensive options almost every time.
“Megan would dig balls you wouldn’t think it was possible to dig,” said Kellie Scholl, McNary head coach.
Douglas said the Sports and Breakfast Club honor meant all the more because of the people who were backing her up all season long.
“I had a lot of support from family and friends and that’s the reason it means so much,” Douglas said.
Douglas is the daughter of Jim and Andee Douglas.