McNary’s varsity volleyball team defeated Tigard 2-0 Saturday, Oct. 1 to win a 16-team tournament played at Westview High School in Portland. (Submitted)

McNary’s varsity volleyball team defeated Tigard 2-0 Saturday, Oct. 1 to win a 16-team tournament played at Westview High School in Portland. (Submitted)

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary was the best of 16 volleyball teams, winning a tournament played Saturday, Oct. 1 at Westview High School in Portland.

“We played well,” Lady Celts coach Bruce Myers said. “We didn’t play down to the competition. We got better as a team. Overall, defense was much better than it’s been and our serving has improved dramatically.”

MHS started out by going 4-2 in pool play and then dominated Benson 2-0 (25-5, 25-6) in the first round of the bracket. The Lady Celts topped South Albany 2-1 (25-16, 22-25, 15-3) in the semifinals.

“We got on a roll,” Myers said. “Everything was falling right in place. They made a couple of mistakes and we capitalized. We stayed assertive. We didn’t back off and kept pressuring them.”

McNary defeated Tigard 2-0 (25-21, 25-15) in the championship game.

“They’re (Tigard) a solid team,” Myers said. “They didn’t have any one solid player but were somewhat balanced. We were just consistent all day. If we stay focused on our side of the net, good things are going to happen.”

In Greater Valley Conference play, the Lady Celts defeated North Salem 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 25-8) on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Sydney Hunter had 20 of the team’s 35 kills as well as three aces and nine digs.

Shaylee Williams added eight kills.

Katelyn Kolb led McNary with 20 assists. Haley Debban had eight digs and four aces.

The Lady Celts play at Sprague Monday, Oct. 10.