QUINCY — Quincy volleyball claimed the win in the rivalry matchup against Ephrata at home in five sets
Ephrata jumped out to a big lead in the first set, before the Jacks fought back to cut the lead to one at 10-9. The Tigers pulled away again, before Quincy clawed their way back again to tie the score at 21 apiece. The Jackrabbits pulled away in the end to take the first set, 25-21.
In the second set Ephrata jumped out to another quick lead, up six before Quincy called their first timeout. The Tigers never relented taking the second set, 25-18.
The Jacks came out firing in the third, going up big and never looking back. Ephrata was never able to get within punching distance, as Quincy took the 2-1 set lead, 25-9.
Set four went back and forth, as the lead changed hands multiple times. The Tigers were able to take a slight lead late, while the Jacks stayed close but were unable to close out the victory. Ephrata tied the match at two sets apiece, 25-20.
Quincy went up early in the final set, and was able to pull away by a narrow margin, to take the final set and match in the first matchup between the rivals this season.
Quincy head coach Dean Pratt said the win was pretty special.
“Ephrata’s our rival,” Pratt said. “The last three times we’ve played them, it’s went five, and we’ve been on the short end of it.”
Pratt was proud of the way his team responded in the match after surrendering a lead against Ellensburg earlier this week.
“They put a lot of work in yesterday because there’s a lot of things we didn’t do well on Tuesday,” Pratt said. “So we were pretty heavy on the emphasis and I’m proud they did what we worked on and be able to see the results. And hopefully, we can carry this momentum forward.”
The Quincy head coach said the win was an all-around team effort, and said when everybody plays hard, it leads to success.
Ephrata head coach Britney MacLeod said players on her team are young and still figuring out their roles early in the season. MacLeod said she is proud of the determination her team has shown this season.
“The thing about this team is they have so much fight, and you can’t teach fight,” MacLeod said. “So skill building we can work on. And like I told Dean, we’re coming back for them next time. And there’s only one way and that’s up.”
MacLeod said she felt her team made too many errors in the end, but was glad they stepped in and fought for the win. Moving forward, the Ephrata coach said she’s looking to work on offense with her team, with defense and passing being pretty efficient in the games played so far.
Next up for Ephrata is a matchup against Ellensburg on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at home. The Jacks will face Selah at home on the same day for their next match.