Something was off with Toledo’s Taylor McAlpine.
The senior captain of the Boomer volleyball team didn’t play up to her — or her coach’s — standards in last week’s 3-0 loss against Jefferson High School. Through the first three sets of rivalry matches against Waldport High School, McAlpines McAlpines struggles had continued.
Trailing two sets to one and sensing that the Irish were in control of the match, Toledo head coach Vicky Roller pulled McAlpine aside before the decisive fourth set reminding her to simply enjoy the moment.
“I told her, ‘Taylor this is your senior year, you won’t get this night again, you don’t get to come back next year,’” Roller said. “‘You’re just going to have fun, I don’t care about the outcome, you’re just having fun.’”
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