Quincy netters upend Othello in 3-2 thriller
The Lady Jacks volleyball team earned a big win against a tough Othello squad Oct. 4, slipping past the Huskies in five sets.
“It was an emotional rollercoaster,” Lady Jacks libero Avery Vander Veen said. “But in the end we all came together as a team and learned to finish.”
The match jumped on the seesaw almost from the start, with Othello taking a 14-9 lead in the first set, only to watch the Lady Jacks tie the set three consecutive times until Jacqueline Dearie gave Quincy its first lead at 18-17.
“I’ve never met anybody that doesn’t like Jacquie Dearie,” coach Dean Pratt said after Dearie’s stout effort against Othello. “She’s got big hops and an even bigger heart.”
Othello kept trying and failing to push away from the Lady Jacks. Trailing by one point at 24-23, Quincy’s Mackenzie Kleyn served an ace to send the first set into overtime, where Othello would prevail and take a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, the storyline would repeat, with Othello jumping ahead repeatedly, and the Lady Jacks coming back to tie. Morgan Kleyn tied it up with a kill at 21-21, and Ashlyn Rosenberger would give the Jacks the lead at 23-22.
The lead would hold up the rest of the way, with Mackenzie Kleyn closing the set at 25-23 to tie the match at 1-1.
In the third set, Othello jumped to a 5-1 lead, but again the Lady Jacks let themselves back into it, taking a 12-10 lead.
Othello regained the lead, but could not hold on, with the Jacks coming back from three points down to tie it at 17.
An ace by Rosenberger gave Quincy a 20-18 lead that the team would not relinquish, winning 25-22.
Quincy jumped ahead in the fourth set, 7-4, but the roles reversed and the Huskies played catch up, taking an 8-7 lead.
Dearie continued her scrapbook-worthy night with a massive kill to tie it at 8-8, but then the streaky Othello squad got hot and took a 16-11 lead, aided by a cheering section of 13 students that managed to make more noise than the Quincy student section.
Othello pushed away again, leading 23-18, but the Lady Jacks clawed back to within one at 23-22, before Othello took the fourth set 25-22.
In the fifth, it was the Lady Jacks’ turn to jump to a big lead, 5-1, and Othello’s turn to claw back to 7-7.
That turned out to be the Huskies’ last hurrah, as the Jacks took a 13-8 lead before closing the set out 15-11.
“We just pulled it together and treated it like a business,” Vander Veen said. “We just went out there and got it done.”
The Lady Jacks followed this victory with a tough 3-0 loss on the road to league-leaders Ellensburg (10-1 overall, 6-0 in league), but still remain in the running for a postseason spot, with a 4-2 record in league, 5-5 overall, good enough for fifth place.
The top six teams make it to districts.
“We are really connected as a team and we are really fighting this year,” said Mackenzie Kleyn. “We know we really want to go far and we have the potential to.”
Next up is nemesis Ephrata, coming to town for a 7 p.m. showdown on Oct. 11. There should be no excuse for a quiet student section that day.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com