Lady Indians come close to win over Madras

Scappoose loses VB opening in four, but twice goes OT
by: John Brewington UP HIGH—Scappoose’s Lexine Loos skys for a kill during last week’s match against Madras.

Despite a loss, the Scappoose High girls' volleyball team considered their season-opening match with Madras a success.

Scappoose fell in four games in the hard-fought match, but it took overtime in two of those losses.

The Tribe won the first game 25-20, and then fell 24-26 in their second game. The worst match of the evening was a 17-25 loss in the third game. The team led by as much as seven points in the fourth game and was within a point of winning the match, 24-20. However, Madras slinked back to within one point, and the match was tied at 24-all and 25-all, before Madras gained the last two points.

'I was very proud of the girls last night,' coach Amy McNeil said. 'They battled and never gave up.'

McNeil was pleased with the play of Lexine Loos.

'Lexine played some back row and I was impressed,' she said. 'It's pre-season and we are trying things out. Lexine also dominated the front row. She led the team in kills (10 attack kills, two tip kills, three block kills). She is just a huge asset to us, a great teammate, player, and just an all around joy to have on a team.'

Brittany Catlow, Katie Nelson, and Zoraida Kerley led the team in serving. Catlow was at 85 percent with 20 services and five aces. Nelson was 86 percent with 14 serves and two aces. Kerley had 91 percent serving with 11 serves and two aces.

The team had some line-up changes. McNeil said Phlycia Haigh and Kate Johnston were battling injuries, but were scheduled to be back at practice on Friday. Abby Kessi stepped in. She has just one year of previous experience.

'She had a great game and did everything the coaches asked of her,' McNeil noted. She said Kerley (5-feet, 1-inch) played for Haigh on the outside and also performed very well.

'It should be another fun battle,' McNeil said. 'The girls are constantly raising the bar and impressing the coaching staff. We are starting new traditions and we are all excited to be on board.'