Netters beat Othello Huskies, lose to Selah Vikings
The Quincy Jacks’ stand one road win away from fulfilling coach Dean Pratt’s hopes for a successful stretch of games against tough opponents Othello, Selah and Ellensburg.
The Jacks (5-3) traveled to Othello last week and earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Huskies. Then, the short-handed netters from Quincy lost a 3-0 game to the visiting Pirates.
Now, the team faces Ellensburg on the road. Prior to these three games Pratt had said that a 2-1 outcome to these matches would be extremely successful.
Now the last task remains, traveling southwest to Ellensburg Thursday at 7 p.m. and beating a Bulldog squad fresh off their first loss of the season, a four-setter against Prosser (6-2) at the end of September.
The ‘Dogs played Grandview Tuesday but results weren’t available prior to press time.
Against Selah, the Jacks played with some major gaps in their lineup, including Yulissa Herrejon, Yesenia Rubalcava and without the serves of Morgan Kleyn, whom Pratt called “Our best player by far.”
The Selah Pirates ran off a quick 2-0 lead thanks to 25-11 and 25-12 victories, but the Jacks gamely rebounded to take a 13-10 lead in the third set before Selah tallied nine straight points to take a 19-13 lead.
Nevertheless, the Jacks gamely made one last attempt, tying the game at 19. Selah took over from there and took the third set 25-21.
“Took a long time to get there,” Pratt said of his team’s revived efforts in Game 3, adding that the team took a while shaking off its mistakes, instead of just focusing on the next play.
The team’s goal is to qualify for district, and to get there, it needs to shore up its play, Pratt said, anticipating a busy week of practices.
“I don’t know how much right now we are concentrating on volleyball, but I guarantee you, after tomorrow, we will be,” he said Tuesday.
The Jacks are enduring a tough schedule coupled with a rash of injuries.
“We are the walking wounded a little bit,” he said. “Yesenia has a concussion, Yulissa is out for a couple of weeks with a jammed thumb and wrist.
“We all have to step up and fill the void,” Pratt said. With Kleyn unable to serve, freshman Rosey Combs took over part of the serving duties and, “did a great job for us,” Pratt said. “She had three aces and only one error.”
Next for the Jacks after Thursday’s game is a home game against Prosser Oct. 10 at 7 p.m..
After that, they host Ephrata (5-2) Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org