By Chad DeRousselle
This last week was easier on the DeQuincy High School volleyball team than the last several weeks.
We hosted Washington Marion on Tuesday and the JV won 25-7, 25-19, Varsity won 25-5, 25-12, 25-11. With no pressure from them our girls played relaxed and it was the best hitting night we have had this year with 42 kills getting pounded home. The win put our record at 11-9 and gave us the rest of the week to finally get some practice time in. Those drills got us ready as we traveled to our final tournament of the year at Delcambre.
We opened against 4A Carencro and dropped the first game 16-25. They responded 25-18, 15-12 for the hard fought win and a 12-9 mark. Second of the day was #9 Northside Christian which has had our number all season and it was a mental hurdle that cost us 20-25, 17-25 falling to 12-10. With a break before match number three against Delcambre we came back with a 27-25, 25-10 momentum creating match. After a 2-hour break we picked up were we left off against the much taller players from 5A C. E. Byrd. Our girls finished the day (3-1 in pool) strong winning 25-18, 25-15, and are now 14-10.
We traveled to Washington Marion on Tuesday and host #16 North Vermillion at the high school gym on Thursday.
Over the past two weeks the DeQuincy Middle School volleyball team has hosted Oak Park and traveled to LeBlanc.
Both matches presented challenges that we were able to overcome. The team from Oak Park was big and strong and they were aggressive servers. Setter Katelyn Flower gave us enough boost to get through the rough patches with her 4 kills, 17 points and 12 aces. Middle blocker Terhyn Barlow and setter Reci Reeves also had solid nights as we won 25-17, 25-16.
Going to LeBlanc the girls knew it would be intense. Over the past two seasons LeBlanc has gone away from a pass, set, hit philosophy to a much safer (serve underhand and pass everything over) which wins most middle school matches. At the first whistle the flood of overpasses began forcing us to play error free which is an illusion in middle school matches.
With 95% of our starters getting kills and a team serving at 89% (individual 90% is excellent!) we gave them enough trouble to win 25-24, 23-25, 15-3. Setter Katelyn Flower and outside hitter Jana Barrow had 19 points between them. Setter Reci Reeves, middle blocker Terhyn Barlow, and outside hitter Baileigh Tolbert each had multiple kills.
We hosted Molo (Oct 5), Vinton (Oct 12), and Maplewood (Oct 19) which is also 8th grade night.