Prep Volleyball

Blue Devils pull away in both sets to win WB6 opener

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 29, 2018 2:00 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy High School volleyball team had comfortable leads in each set.

Galesburg rallied and got within two points late in each set.

"(Galesburg) had more energy than us," Quincy senior hitter Hannah Beeler said. "We just had to come together and say we could do it. We had to have more energy than them."

The Blue Devils pulled away when the Silver Streaks made it close, sweeping their Western Big Six Conference opener 25-21, 25-21 Tuesday night in the QHS gym.

Quincy (2-2, 1-0 WB6) used five straight service points by senior libero Eanna DeGuzman to extend its lead to 14-6 in the second set. Galesburg (1-2, 0-1) answered by scoring eight of the next 10 points, trimming the lead 16-14 after an ace by senior Chloe McCarthy.

Blue Devils coach Tiffaney Rains, who coached her first home match, didn't call a timeout and let the team regain control of the match.

"We talk about that they'll have their runs, and we'll have ours, but our level of play shouldn't change," Rains said. "It needs to stay the same, whether we're up five or down five."

An attacking error stopped the Silver Streaks' run and started a four-point run by the Blue Devils. Galesburg had two more attacking errors, and junior Emma Sparrow had a kill in that run.

Galesburg got within 24-21, but a kill by junior Alexis Wolf finished the match. Wolf finished with six kills, while Beeler had a match-high eight kills for Quincy.

"We were really confident and really pushed each other," Beeler said.

Galesburg led 5-4 in the opening set after an attacking error, but Quincy answered with seven straight points, six coming on service points by Wolf. She had two aces, and Sparrow had two blocks in the run.

Galesburg trimmed the deficit to two points at 12-10 and 16-14, then got as close as 19-18 after a kill by junior Mary Hicks.

Quincy again had an answer as Wolf had a kill and a Galesburg attacking error pushed the lead to three. Wolf and senior middle Mackenzie Klingele had the final two points to take the match.

DeGuzman had 26 digs for Quincy, and De'Onna Douglas had 17 assists.

Galesburg coach Marla Clay said the two big runs by Quincy were critical in the loss.

"But we didn't quit fighting," she said. "We lost by four points. If we didn't have those runs against us, we would have been OK."

 

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