Ephrata volleyball team gets Quincy a playoff game … against Ephrata
Help sometimes comes from unexpected places.
The Ephrata Tigers, sworn archrivals of the Quincy Jacks, Lady Jacks and basically everything long-eared and/or green-clad, nudged their nemeses into the playoff picture with a 3-0 win over playoff hopeful East Valley Yakima’s volleyball team at home Oct. 23.
The win placed Quincy in a hard-earned fifth place in the CWAC, good enough for an outright playoff berth, and it eliminated both the Red Devils and the possibility of a scary three-way tie between Quincy, Othello and East Valley.
The playoff picture, according to the website cwacathletics.com, shows the fifth-seed Lady Jacks playing Ephrata Oct. 30 in Ellensburg, with the winner of that matchup playing the top-seeded Bulldogs that same day.
The Lady Jacks finished their regular season on Oct. 18, with a 3-1 loss on the road to the Red Devils, in which an exhausted Quincy squad tried its best to overcome ts hosts, but ultimately yielded in four sets.
“We are the walking wounded,” said head coach Dean Pratt of his green-and-gold troops after the match, naming Morgan Kleyn, Mackenzie Kleyn and Stacia Sarty as some of the players standing far and away from 100 percent at that time.
“No excuses, we had the first game and coughed it up. It’s all on us,” Pratt said, noting a lack of aggressiveness and a high number of errors as reasons why East Valley was able to take the match from the Lady Jacks.
The pressure of it being a win-and-we-are-in type of match was not a factor, Pratt added. The girls had been in a pressure situation against Selah days earlier and delivered a big win against the Vikings, he said, a victory some were calling the first in the program’s history over Selah.
A win against the Red Devils would have placed the Lady Jacks in the playoffs then and there, but instead, the team had to wait five long days for the Ephrata-East Valley matchup.
“Hopefully it’s a Basin-friendship thing,” Pratt joked after the Lady Jacks lost to East Valley. “It’s their (Tigers’) Senior Night, so I know they will play hard.”
The Lady Jacks finished in a tie in the standings with Othello (5-4), but with a better tiebreaker. Quincy beat the Huskies in a five-set barnburner 3-2, on Oct. 4.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org