Prep Volleyball

Blue Devils get boost after coach preaches communication

By ALEXA LOW
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Posted: Sep. 11, 2019 12:30 am

QUINCY -- Tim Hill's words carried for the whole gym to hear. It got the attention of the Quincy High School volleyball team.

During the second set of Tuesday night's Western Big Six Conference matchup against United Township at the QHS gym, the Blue Devils trailed 13-11 when Hill burned a timeout.

"No one wants to open their mouth, that's the only reason we're losing," he bellowed in the huddle.

Better communication from that point forward allowed Quincy to pull off a 25-22, 30-28 victory for its first WB6 victory of the season.

"We have to learn to not get involved with the other team's game because once that happens that's when the other team does go on runs and we stop communicating," QHS setter Deonna Douglas said.

The Panthers started each of the two sets strong, building themselves a small lead until the Blue Devils quickly gained momentum.

"It was a very neck and neck game," Panthers coach Jillian VanOpdorp said. "I don't believe we were ever more than two to three points over each other,"

Errors proved costly.

"We were making our own errors and Quincy wasn't," VanOpdorp said. "It was just a mind game of who's going to make the next error and that's who got the next point."

In the end, it took a dig by Lexi Wolf and a tip by Douglas to get the decisive point for Quincy at the end of the second set. Wolf finished with eight kills, while Douglas had 18 assists and eight digs.

"We were swinging good, our passing was good, but we weren't really playing as a team because no one was talking on the court," Hill stated.

It took energy to change that. Hill said he turned to his bench for energy as the Panthers were "a loud, scrappy team" which kept the Blue Devils from scoring primarily off of the big swings at the net.