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Posted on Oct 5, 2018

Volleyball team gets used to that winning business

The Quincy volleyball team enters the toughest week yet of its schedule tied for second place in the CWAC with three league wins and one loss.
Two of those wins happened in the last week with a 3-0 victory over then-winless Toppenish at home on Sept. 27, and a 3-1 road win over Wapato Oct. 2.
Sandwiched in between those victories was a first place finish at the Quincy Invitational, Sept. 29.
“We are in the thick of it right now,” Quincy head coach Dean Pratt said. Indeed, the team enters a tough stretch of games, starting with a home matchup against Othello Oct. 4, a road trip to conference powerhouse Ellensburg Oct. 9, and the always intense duel against Ephrata Oct. 11 at Woodworth Court.
Against Toppenish, the team tinkered with the lineup a little bit, taking advantage of the weaker opponent to try different lineups and looks.
The Lady Jacks obliterated the Wildcats 25-5 in the first set, then struggled a little in the second, 25-21, before winning the third set, 25-15. The Wildcats survived five straight match points, from 24-10 to 24-15 before losing.
“The first set was pretty,” Pratt said after winning the game. Fourteen players got playing time against the Wildcats. “Toppenish was winless so it was a great opportunity to play the kids that don’t get to play.”
Then came the tourney, where the Jacks finished in first place, despite a power outage that delayed the tournament for a while and forced some matches to take place under emergency lighting.
“The teams were troupers,” Pratt said, adding that the Lady Jacks played some of their best ball of the year during the tournament, facing off against teams like Omak and Kittitas.
Kittitas may be just a B school, but a lot of their players are club players who play in Ellensburg, Pratt said.
Schools like Wahluke (Mattawa), Liberty Bell (Methow Valley area), and Brewster, also participated in the tournament, which ended around 7 p.m., Pratt said.
Then came the trip to Wapato, where the Jacks jumped in front of the Wolves with a 25-14 win in the first set. The Wolves tied it in the second with a 27-25 victory, before yielding the next two sets to Quincy, 25-14 and 25-19.
Mackenzie Kleyn had six aces and seven kills, Morgan Kleyn had 12 kills. Jacqueline Dearie had nine kills and Kelly Mills had seven kills.
Up next is Othello at home. The Huskies’ 1-3 league record is deceiving, Pratt said, as the Huskies have had to play some tough teams at the start of their season, like Ellensburg, Ephrata, Prosser and Selah.
“For us to get into districts and try to get that third spot, Othello is one of the teams we have to beat,” Pratt said. Six teams qualify for playoffs, with Ellensburg and Selah almost certain to be the top two squads.
The third seed would host a playoff game.

By Sebastian Moraga,