Lady Celt Shaylee Williams sends the ball over the net in McNary’s game with Cleveland High School Wednesday, Oct. 28. (Photo courtesy of J&H Photo)

Lady Celt Shaylee Williams sends the ball over the net in McNary’s game with Cleveland High School Wednesday, Oct. 28. (Photo courtesy of J&H Photo)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School varsity volleyball team took down Cleveland High School in the first round of the state playoffs, but ran into a wall in the second round.

The Lady Celts lost 3-1 to Lakeridge High School Saturday, Oct. 31, in the second round, ending the season.

“We worked a lot in practice on taking care of each other when things go wrong, we also focused on doing what we do well with blocking and defense. The girls felt good going into the match,” said Kellie Scholl, McNary head coach.

While McNary had beaten the Pacers as little as two weeks prior to the match, Scholl said the Lake Oswego team found a way around the Celtics’ big blockers.

“They tipped the ball a lot, something they didn’t do the first two times we met this year. Our girls just had trouble adjusting,” she said. “We still played great defense and with confidence.”

Set scores were 21-25, 25-13, 25-18 and 25-22.

The Keizer girls beat Cleveland in the first round Wednesday, Oct. 28, to advance to the second round. Set scores were 25-8, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-21.

While the team will lose a several big contributors in seniors Kylie Gilmour, Madie Cloyd, Kaelie Flores, Madi Hingston, Reina Strand and Vanessa Hayes, Scholl was confident the team would return next season as good as ever.

“The team will do great things next year,” Scholl said. “Last year, we lost five seniors, all starters, and we came in this year even stronger. They had great leadership and role models with this year’s seniors, and our juniors and sophomores will do great things and follow in their footsteps.”

Scholl herself won’t be part of the program next year. She notified school officials of her intention to resign midway through the season, a result of relocating to Sisters.

Even if the team fell a bit short of its goal for the season – finishing in the top three in the state – she said there were still lessons to take away.

“The girls are proud of what they have done -– being competitive while creating a family atmosphere where they play for each other. When they played with confidence and didn’t get scared, the girls could accomplish anything,” Scholl said.