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Posted on Oct 19, 2017

Netters play top team tough

Avery Vander Veen (in white) playing for the Jacks against Prosser.

This article was originally published Oct. 12

It was a loss, but it was also a step forward. It was a sweep, but it was no gimme.
The Quincy Lady Jacks welcomed the top team in the league, the Prosser Lady Mustangs Oct. 10 and made a game of it against the undefeated guests.
Prosser (9-2, 5-0 in league) took the match in three sets, by scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-21. Quincy (5-5, 2-3 in league) struggled with its serve throughout the match, but still managed to stick close to the Lady Mustangs for most of the match.
“Sometimes that happens,” head coach Dean Pratt said of the struggles at serve. “But how you react to it is more important than the error.”
The team faltered in the second set, but came back strong in the third.
“When you’re playing a good team like that, whoev-er has the fewest errors is the team that is going to win,” Pratt said. “So when you stack a hitting error on top of a passing error back-to-back, that’s two points that you just don’t get back.”
All part of the growing pains for a young team, Pratt said.
In addition, Prosser is a big team on a hot streak. The Lady Mustangs, four of whom are at least 5’10”, have won eight matches in a row.
Despite the sweep and third consecutive loss, the Jacks continue to be in matches. Against Ellensburg on Oct. 5,another 3-0 loss, the team lost the third set 26-24 to a Bulldog
team that trails only Prosser and Selah in the CWAC.
The Lady Jacks still control their own destiny when
it comes to nailing a districts berth.
They host three of their last four games, and two of those four games involve teams they have beaten before, hosting Grandview (4-
6, 2-3 in league) and visiting winless Wapato. The other
two games are against East Valley-Yakima (4-6, 3-2 in
league).
Then there’s the game tonight at home, Breast Cancer Awareness Night
“We got Ephrata on Thusday, a team we can compete with, easily,” Pratt said. The Lady Tigers swept a short-handed Quincy squad last month but this is a different Quincy team now, he added.
In addition, in case of a tie with Othello in the standings, a head-to-head tiebreaker favors the Lady Jacks, who beat the Huskies in five sets on the road Sept. 28.
Lastly, against Prosser, Morgan Kleyn had nine kills and 16 digs, Ashlyn Rosenberger had five kills.
At least one member of this Lady Jack squad took the loss
against Prosser sitting down.
Well, sort of.
Normally a pacer up and down the sideline, Pratt opted to watch long stretches of the match from the bench.
“I wanted to let them battle through it on their own and grow a little,” he said. “I wanted them to fight for it and get it themselves. And they came very close.”

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