Bulldogs leash Celts on court

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The scores alone (25-21, 25-22 and 25-22) made the McNary High School varsity volleyball loss to West Albany High School a heartbreaker. The only thing that makes it ache that much more for the Lady Celts is knowing how close they were to beating the Bulldog team. “We would have a lead the whole entire game and then we would just drop once we got to 20 points,” said McNary senior Vanessa Hayes. The Bulldogs, in their second year returning to OSAA 6A ranks, seem determined to remain a thorn in the side of the Celtics. West Albany is the only Greater Valley Conference team the McNary didn’t beat at least once in 2014. “I feel like we kind of beat ourselves. We had some errors and they just didn’t make many mistakes. Our energy wasn’t where it normally is,” said Madi Hingston, a Celtic senior. Hayes also attributed the team’s first league loss to a lack of communication during the match Thursday, Sept. 10. The better news for McNary was that the loss was only one of three contests last week and the Lady Celts won the other two, in a double-header no less. “There was a big difference in focus in the matches against McMinnville and West Salem (high schools),” Hingston said. Those matches were played Tuesday, Sept. 8. McNary...

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