By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
Whiteaker Middle School’s varsity volleyball team put an exclamation point on their undefeated league season, topping Keizer rival Claggett Creek 4-1 (25-10, 20-25, 25-5, 25-13, 15-5) on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
“I think they played well,” Whiteaker head coach Scott Coburn said. “They had fun being at McNary and they raised their level of play. he second set, the Claggett girls stepped up and competed well but we hit a lot of balls out. That happens. I just told them you’re playing good volleyball, don’t worry about it. They came back and played well after that.”
Coburn said Taylor Ebbs, Michelle Gee and Jazmin Zepeda led the effort.
“Taylor Ebbs was hitting the ball extremely hard and well,” Coburn said. “She was serving rockets during the first game. Michelle Gee, she had one of her better games hitting the ball as well as Jazmin Zepeda. I was very happy overall with all of it.
“Our setters obviously had to set the ball well for them to hit the ball well. It came together. It was a good end to our season.”
The varsity team finished 10-0 in league play and 13-1 overall. As an entire program, Whiteaker was 33-2 with all four teams defeating Claggett Creek.
“This was one of the strongest overall groups we’ve had,” Coburn said. “It was fun to have the McNary kids watching and there were a lot of parents there cheering. It was just a really good atmosphere and we’re looking forward to doing it again next year.”