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Tribe breaks curse with volleyball win over Seaside

Season ends with first league win in two years
by: John Brewington SKYING—Scappoose’s Phlycia Haigh goes up for a spike during last week’s win over Seaside.

The Scappoose Lady Indians took a big step in the last game of their volleyball season last week, beating Seaside for their first league win in two years.

Just that one win gave the team a big emotional boost.

'It finally felt like we got over the 'hump' or broke the 'curse,'' Scappoose coach Amy McNeil said. 'This was the last match of the year, for both Seaside and us.'

The Scappoose girls will be losing only two girls to graduation off this year's team, and bringing back six juniors and five sophomores next season.

'I was very pleased with the seniors, Katie Nelson and Megan Gaylord. They both played their hearts out last night and had some great plays,' McNeil added. 'For the girls to come back after losing the first two games was amazing. After the third game some of the girls said 'That's the first time we won the third game.' We have had three very upsetting losses by winning the first two games and losing the last three. We are all sad that this year is over, but very excited to come back next year.'

Scappoose lost the first two games to Seaside after leading in both of them, 21-25, 23-25. But they rallied to win the last three, 25-18, 25-22, 15-4.

Lexine Loos, Nikki Andreotti and Nelson were 100 percent serving in the game. Loos and Andreotti had three aces. Cassidy Herb was 84 percent serving, but had six service aces. Brittany Catlow was 96 percent serving with one ace. Phlycia Haigh had 14 attack kills in the contest and Loos had nine. Kate Johnson had seven and Abby Kessi had five.

Neither Scappoose nor Seaside made the play-in games that lead to the state playoff bracket. In the 4A classification, only the top four Cowapa League teams make the play-ins. The format may be revised next season.