By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School varsity volleyball team found their mettle last week with a 3-0 win over North Salem High School.
“We had a long, emotional talk before the week started that put us on the same page and in the right mindset,” said junior Ariana Neads.
Sophomore Kaelie Flores said beating two teams ranked in the state’s top 20 (Crater and Grants Pass high schools) at a tournament a few days prior didn’t hurt, either.
“After that we knew we didn’t have to be scared anymore,” she said.
McNary’s first set with North on Thursday, Sept. 26, saw the team take an early lead and ride it to a 25-18 win. The Lady Celts picked up wins in the next two sets with scores of 25-20 and 25-16.
“Lexi Price played exceptionally well all around while Vanessa Hayes hit well, and Kaelie and Lauren Hudgins blocked well,” said Kellie Scholl, McNary head coach.
Madi Hingston and Hayes led in kills with five each. Price had 14 digs and four aces against North Salem, but exited the game early with a concussion after hitting the floor.
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