By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
SALEM—Just as it appeared McNary had grabbed the momentum, West Salem took it right back to defeat the Lady Celts 3-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
After losing the first two games 15-25 and 22-25, McNary took the third 25-19 to stay alive.
Looking to send the match to a deciding fifth set, the Lady Celts led late in the fourth game before West Salem roared back to win 25-22.
“We’re just like any other team. We need all of our pieces to be working in order to be successful and we were off to a slow start,” McNary head coach Crystal DeMello said. “We were just playing catch up. They definitely put that fight in there and took that (third) game. But to keep that momentum it takes a lot of discipline.”
Kimmie Bain led West Salem with 15 kills. Kylah Newton had 12 kills. Emma Ehlers finished with four aces and three blocks. Emily Cheavtharn had five aces.
The loss dropped McNary to 0-4 in the Mountain Valley Conference.
The Lady Celts were able to go 3-0 in pool play at the South Eugene Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8. McNary then defeated Reynolds 2-0 in tournament play before falling to Willamette 2-0.
McNary’s next home match is Monday, Sept. 17 against South Salem.