Sweet sweep over Ephrata
The Lady Jacks have kicked off their 2015 season on a hot streak.
Quincy (1-0, 5-1) won its league opener against Wapato on Tuesday and capped its non-league season with a sweep of Ephrata last Thursday. Quincy now stands at 5-1 overall this season.
The Lady Jacks travel to Othello (2-0, 5-1) on Thursday for their first CWAC road game of the year and then return home to host the Quincy Invitational on Saturday.
Quincy 3, Wapato 0
25-13, 25-23, 25-20
This was one of those games where the phrase “A win is a win” comes from. The Lady Jacks capitalized on a slew of Wapato (0-1, 1-5) errors to win the first set 25-13. That limited Quincy to a handful of kills and barely any blocks. But Sam Kleyn was able to collect three kills and three assists.
The Wolves put up a fight in the next two sets and Quincy nearly got caught off guard both times. The second set went back and forth until the Lady Jacks won 25-23. In the set Liz Nielson had three kills and Kleyn had eight assists, while Heidi Bishop broke a 23-23 tie with her only kill of the game. A hitting error by Wapato sealed the win.
“I think they knew they were better than the score,” said coach Nicole Dreher. “We kinew they would be scrappy and put some stuff back over the net they shouldn’t. I think it threw us off.”
In the final set, Quincy jumped out to a 13-3 lead, but seemed to let the Lady Wolves back into it. Finally they took control and won 25-20.
“I don’t think our intensity was up,” said senior Kaitlin Ramsey. “But it’s a win and goes in the book as 1-0.
“I think we really had to come together as a team.”
Highlights: Natalie Thomsen 9 kills, four aces, 11-12 serving; Kleyn 5 kills, 15 assists; Jaclyn Schwint 8 assists; Nielson 4 kills; Morgan Kleyn 13-13 serving.
Quincy 3, Ephrata 0
25-23, 25-13, 25-16
The Lady Jacks evened the score with Ephrata last Thursday after a three-set sweep behind the serving and defense of senior libero Kaitlyn Ramsey and the power hitting of junior hitter Natalie Thomsen.
Quincy (4-1) just barely shrugged off a pesky Lady Tigers (1-4) squad in the first set. But then the Lady Jacks took control and won 25-23, 25-13, 25-16. The last time these two teams met, Ephrata beat them in the championship match at the Ephrata Invitational. This time around there were more fans and they were louder than ever.
“Our fans were here!” said senior setter Sam Kleyn, who had 14 assists.
The Lady Jacks fed off the energy, especially after the first set. Thomsen knocked down 15 kills, while Alex Bassett added eight and Heidi Bishop kicked in four kills. Coach Dreher said Bishop and Liz Nielson are starting to hit more than they have in the past.
“I think our main thing is intensity,” Kleyn said. “When we keep our intensity up and are yelling we are a way better team.”
Another key was both setters finding their hitters. Kleyn and junior setter Jaclyn Schwint combined for 22 assists, while senior Erin Nieuwenhuis added five assists and three blocks. On defense, Ramsey collected 22 digs and added nine aces off 28-of-29 serving.
~Kurtis J. Wood/Post-Register