Herald-Whig

Blue Devils run into Moline buzzsaw in WB6 opener

Quincy's De'Onna Douglass tries to hit the ball back over the net during the second game against Moline Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 at Moline.
GARY KRAMBECK / gkrambeck@qconli Staff
BY JEFF WENDLAND
Special to The Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 5, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Sep. 5, 2018 2:33 am

MOLINE, Ill. -- Moline volleyball coach Mike Ducey knows that a risky offensive plan raises the possibility of numerous mistakes in a match.

There also going will nights when the Maroons will be difficult to handle.

Tuesday was one of those nights.

Moline (7-2-2, 1-0 WB6) opened Western Big Six Conference action Tuesday at Wharton Field House, playing near-perfect volleyball to sweep Quincy High School 25-15, 25-17.

"We really played well in this one," Ducey said. "We were pretty low in errors. We take so many risks, and we've had some games early in the season where we had a lot of those errors and that has hurt us.

"That Quincy team is going to be a really good team. They can be really good offensively, and they were able to dig a lot of balls against us to keep play alive."

Quincy (6-4, 0-1) looked like that really good team last weekend, winning its own tournament. Blue Devils coach Tiffany Rains said her team didn't come ready to play Tuesday.

"We didn't come with any energy and we didn't play our game at all," she said. "I thought we had all that energy going for us over the weekend and then we had nothing in this one."

The Maroons were strong in every area -- at the net, on blocks, keeping the ball alive and passing very well.

Bella Mitchell finished with eight kills, 13 assists, six digs and an ace. Kayla Veto blasted seven kills with her big left arm swing.

"The energy of playing Quincy and opening the Big Six got me going," Veto said. "When I get going, I just want the ball and to hit it as hard as I can. Quincy has a great team, and it is super to get the dub."

"Kayla certainly has that big, long swing, and she is left-handed which gives opponents a hard time," Ducey said. "We didn't use Bella to hit early in the season, but you saw how we can use her. She is a such a big part of everything we do. We passed it well, and we got a lot out of our system."

Quincy got three kills each from Sierra Petty, Emma Sparrow and Hannah Beeler. De'Onna Douglas led the Blue Devils with 11 assists.

"Certainly, this one gives us something to work for now," Rains said. "Petty was about the only one who had a big night. Overall, we did not communicate, and this was just not our best showing. It's all right. There are plenty of chances ahead for our team."