Road win could set tone for Celtics postseason run

McNary volleyball capped off their stellar season with a win on the road against the West Salem Titans Tuesday.

The Celtics (19-5, 9-3) finished off the Titans (13-12, 3-8) in straight sets (25-18, 25-18, 25-20).

Tuesday’s win was the 13th straight set sweep for the Celtics this season. In all, they won 54 of 73 sets in the regular season — not counting non-bracketed tournament matches, which don’t count towards official records. 

And it couldn’t have come at a better time. 

Heading into Tuesday, McNary had dropped three of the last four matches, including two conference matchups. First, a 3-2 loss to South Salem on Oct. 11, and then in a match to Sprague 3-1 on Oct. 13 in which the Olympians clinched the Central Valley Conference title.

The OSAA rankings freeze at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. At that point, playoff brackets can become official.

As they stand now, the Celtics are ranked No. 7. That would currently match them up against No. 26 Barlow. But there are still matches to be played for many of the schools heading to the postseason, which means those rankings will see some movement up till Saturday. 

If the Celtics hold onto the No. 7 ranking heading into the postseason, they would be assured of hosting their first two matches. The first round against No. 26 on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and, if victorious, a second round matchup on Saturday, Oct. 29.

However, if they fall below No. 8, they’ll only host the first round, barring an upset.

The remaining matches will be held at Forest Grove High School the following week. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be on Friday, Nov. 4. Quarterfinals matches are held at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., with the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. 

The OSAA state championship will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.