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McCreary named to regional team

by Chuck Smock, sports editor

One week after finishing her high school volleyball career with a second-place finish in the state tournament, Douglas setter Jamie McCreary was able to put her senior season in perspective.

“We had an awesome year,” McCreary said Sunday afternoon. “It was amazing how far we came from the beginning of the season all the way to the championship. At first, I think there were a lot of doubts about how successful we could be, but once we got into the season all those doubts went away.”

The Tigers lost their third match of the season – to eventual state champion Fallon – but won 12 of their next 13 matches to claim the inaugural Sierra League championship.

Douglas defeated McQueen and Galena in the first two rounds of the Northern 4A tournament, before running into Fallon again. In the 4A title match, the Tigers became the only Nevada team to win a game against Fallon, which prevailed in four games.

The Greenwave made it three in a row over the Tigers by winning the state title match in three games.

“We played really good against them (at the Region tournament),” McCreary said. “In the state game, we probably could have played better, but Fallon is an awesome team. All of us had a lot of confidence and thought we could beat them, but we knew it wouldn’t be easy.”

“Looking back on the season, realizing we made it all the way to the championship match is a great accomplishment.”

McCreary was the lone Tiger selected to the all-Region team in recent voting conducted by Northern 4A coaches. She was a two-year starter at setter for Douglas and was called up from the junior varsity as a sophomore for a playoff run that ended with the Tigers winning the state championship in 1998.

She was also the Tigers’ only first-team all-Sierra League pick, a fact McCreary said was a slight for junior outside hitter Chelsey Myers and sophomore middle blocker Emily Haas (both second-team selections) and junior outside players Andrea Honer and Jencie LeJeune, both of whom received honorable mention recognition.

News of the all-league voting made its way to the Tigers just before the playoffs started.

“Everyone was a little pumped,” McCreary said. “We just wanted to prove to everyone that we had the better team. We made it to the finals in zone and state. We wanted to prove to some people that all the decisions on all-league weren’t correct.”

McCreary is considering continuing her playing career at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore., next season. She’ll play for the Silver State Volleyball Club this winter, which could present the opportunity to be seen by other college coaches at large regional tournaments.

The desire to play college volleyball has intensified this season, McCreary said.

“It’s kind of always been there, but this year I really wanted to pursue it,” she said. “I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t play volleyball.”