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Posted on Oct 1, 2018

Volleyball team earns split in road matches

Quincy played one of its best games of the season on the road against Prosser on Sept. 25, losing 1-3.
The Quincy squad, fresh off a stout 3-0 road sweep of Grandview, went to Prosser to face a strong team that will likely fight for the league championship, and made a game of it, Quincy head coach Dean Pratt said.
The Lady Jacks walked away from Prosser knowing they could hang with the good teams, Pratt added.
“We came out in the first set last night and had a 4-to-6-point lead most of the (set),” Pratt said.
“We even went down at one time, 24-23, and we battled back and won it 26-24,” he added.
The fact that Quincy could get “over the hump,” as Pratt put it, means a lot.
In the second set, a prideful Prosser squad “thumped us pretty good,” Pratt said, with a final score of 25-10 in favor of the Mustangs.
The Jacks did not stop playing hard, and dropped the next two sets by a combined six points, 25-23, and 25-21 to the Mustangs.
In the third set, the Lady Jacks even held a lead, 19-18, before yielding to their hosts.
“It’s the best we have played this year,” Pratt said. “It’s the team I expected to see.”
The team’s defense caught the eye of their opponents, with the Prosser coaches complimenting Pratt on Quincy’s defense.
Morgan Kleyn and Mackenzie Kleyn had five kills each, Ashlyn Rosenberger and Kelly Mills had four kills each, and Stacia Sarty served 22 times against the Mustangs, earning three aces for the Lady Jacks and committing zero errors.
The loss to Prosser came on the heels of a road sweep of the Greyhounds, Sept. 20.
The team is doing well health-wise, with Sarty battling past a back injury suffered against Cashmere on Sept. 18, to suit up against Prosser.
“I’m very happy with the whole group,” he said, adding that the starting lineup has been set for the last two matches, with 10 to 11 players seeing playing time.
“Everybody is settling into their roles,” he added.
Next up is the regular season’s home opener, against winless (0-7, 0-2 in league) Toppenish, Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.
“We gotta come out and give the same effort that we showed with Prosser, with Selah and with Ephrata, and if we do that, I will feel very confident about our chances,” Pratt said, adding that he expected his team to take Toppenish seriously, no matter the Wildcats’ winless record.
“I pull out the Bonnie Foote line all the time,” said Pratt, paraphrasing the longtime Mount Si (Snoqualmie) High School coach for whom he served as an assistant. “The best compliment you can pay an opponent is to kick their butt.”
Foote said that all the time in the huddle or in practice when it looked like her Mount Si netters were coasting, Pratt added, so the expectation is to go right after the Toppenish team, even if it is struggling.

By Sebastian Moraga, sports@4n5.ecc.myftpupload.com