Lady Jacks down Ephrata, eliminated by Prosser
The Lady Jacks earned themselves the fifth seed into the District 5/6 Volleyball Tournament after a 3-1 win over Ephrata last Thursday.
It was senior night for Quincy (5-4, 9-6) and Liz Nielson reserved her best game of the season against the Lady Tigers. The middle blocker collected eight kills and added nine blocks, setter Sam Kleyn had 13 assists and six kills and libero Kaitlin Ramsey had 20 digs.
Fast forward to the opening round of the district tournament and it appeared the Lady Jacks brought the momentum and intensity against Prosser (6-3, 9-7). Quincy won the opening set 25-19, but lost the next three sets 25-22, 25-23, 25-22 and was eliminated from the tournament.
“Yeah, we played great the first one,” said coach Nicole Dreher. “We had leads in all four of the games, but not sure if they kind of relaxed and would let them back in. We had a lot of errors (hitting, serves, etc) things that we could control.”
Quincy ended their season with nine wins and six losses. The last time the program had a winning record was in 2002. That team went 14-7 and made a trip to state.
“Overall (it was) a great season,” Dreher said. “We haven’t had a winning record in a long time.”
The difference in the first set was feeding junior outside hitter Natalie Thomsen. She had nine of her 18 kills in the opener. She also had 21 digs and three blocks. Kleyn also had some key points dumping the ball to corners – not once, but twice. She added nine kills, 12 assists and 17 digs.
The Lady Jacks led 20-16 in the second set, but five unforced errors gave the Lady Mustangs the 3-point win. Quincy led 23-22 in the third set, but a bad serve, hit into the net and a kill by Prosser’s Hannah Lind (13 kills, 14 digs) gave the Lady Mustangs a 2-1 lead. In the fourth set, Quincy took a lead at 15-13. Prosser retook the lead and momentum to win the match 3-1.
Quincy 3, Ephrata 1
25-15, 25-16, 22-25, 25-14
Quincy earned themselves a spot into the tournament by defeating their rivals in four sets. But all three wins were resounding victories by nine or more points.
Quincy had a combined 43 kills – Thomsen had 12, Alex Bassett had 11 and Kleyn had 6. Bassett also had five aces, while Thomsen and Nielson each had 2. Erin Nieuwenhuis had nine assists and two kills; Jaclyn Schwint had 8 assists and two aces; Heidi Bishop had 3 kills and two blocks; and Maribel Alejandrez had 3 digs.