By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—Coming off their five-set win against West Salem Thursday, McKay were hoping for some success to carry over against one of their toughest challenges this year against the fourth-ranked Summit team.
The Lady Scots Volleyball squad did find a way to make a stateman when they jumped out to a 18-7 lead en-route to a 25-18 set win over the Storm.
Summit would return the favor with big runs to start each of the second and third sets to up two games to none over McKay entering the fourth set.
But just as Summit was planning another run as they did in the sets before, saying ‘One more set. Let’s go’, the Scots had other plans building off of the momentum they pieced back after the second set going into the third set.
“We told ourselves in the next set that we’re going to fight through it and we were going to be resilient about it,” said Gieselle Quevedo as McKay dropped set 2 25-12 and set 3 25-18.
The Scots had other plans with a Shay Coons kill that put McKay up 7-3 on the Storm to make them work from behind again as they did in the opening set.
Danica Cheremnov’s service ace pushed the Scots lead to three, 9-6, after a quick run by Summit that made it 7-6 moments earlier. The Service Ace sparked a McKay-run that pushed their lead to 11-6 before Summit got a stop.
Both sides traded points with the Scots up 15-12, but the Storm came back to tie the game up at 15. McKay kept pace with Summit, holding a brief 18-16 lead before the Storm took a 19-18 lead on a three-point swing.
A timeout along the way help settle the Lady Scots in said Coons.
“We had that timeout, we changed our mindset and we knew we were going to come at it and we needed to throw fear out of the window,” said Coons.
They did just that with the game tied at 22, Summit won the long rally to take a 23-22 lead, Hannah Sauer of the Storm point the game a game away from ending at 24-22.
The Scots didn’t sweat about the team in front of them however with a Coons kill that made it 24-23 and the Senior tied it at 24 on the next play. Coons and Jasmin Zaragoza combination block made it 25-24 with Quevedo’s Ace winning the overtime set 26-24.
“It was really good, we talked about it and we said, ‘Work harder on Monday’ and that we can do big things this season,” said Quevedo.
The Scots continued to pressure Summit I to the fifth down 3-2. The Storm went up 8-4 before a miscue on Summit gave McKay another opportunity for a run, but the Storm halted a possible rally as they went up 10-5. A three-point run made the game a 10-8 game.
McKay kept it to within three at 13-10 before Summit once more got the game into match-point 14-10. The Storm would finish the match on the next play, and with five more league games and the St. Helens Tournament on October 6, Saturday’s game served as a good measuring stick with the Scots hovering around number 31 and 32 in 6A.
“It was really awesome, we’ve been taking some good wins and competing like that against that team is another step so it’s awesome,” said Coons. “They were fourth in the State or something so we had to forget about it and play like we were playing any other game. It’s just the game of Volleyball, that’s it.”