Digging for a cure

Camas earns inspiring volleyball victory for breast cancer victims

The Camas High School volleyball players wore pink and played their hearts out for breast cancer victims Tuesday.

“I think it’s one of the most important things to be aware of because it’s so common in women these days,” said senior outside hitter Natalie Scholtes.

The Papermakers also beat Skyview 19-25, 25-14, 25-16, 26-24 to take sole-possession of first place in league.

“Our motto was just be aggressive and we knew we could beat them,” Scholtes said. “That mentality really made us drive for the ball. We all just came out swinging.”

Keelie LeBlanc owned the warehouse with 17 kills and five aces.

“The fire was in me. I really wanted this win for the team and for Camas,” she said. “I was driven, passionate and determined to get it.”

Aubrey Stanton orchestrated the attack with 22 assists and four kills. Maddy Gilchrist added 19 assists and Maddy Pfaff earned 19 digs. Whitney Quist delivered 11 kills, Colleen McAvoy and Joan Varsek both had six kills, Courtney Clemmer came up with five blocks, Scholtes finished with five kills and Emma Villauz provided five digs.

LeBlanc blasted six kills in the second set. Stanton served back-to-back aces to close out the set and help Camas get even in the match. In the third set, Stanton picked up right where she left off with four more service points and an ace. Clemmer, LeBlanc, McAvoy, Quist, Scholtes and Varsek scored big points.

Skyview rallied to tie the fourth set up at 21-21 and 24-24. LeBlanc nailed one more kill to give Camas the lead. The match ended when Skyview returned the volley out of bounds.

“They really needed that,” said Camas head coach Michelle Allen. “Getting that last point and seeing them coming together in the middle and just celebrating. And saying, ‘Wow! We can do this.'”