Quincy High School’s volleyball team takes time during practice to pose for a team picture Nov. 18. The next day the team traveled to Durham where it lost in three games and ended its season and playoff running. Quincy was the last remaining Plumas County high school volleyball team in the running. Photo by James Wilson
The Quincy High School volleyball team, the only Plumas County high school team that made it to the second round of the playoffs, lost its Nov. 19 match to the No. 2 seed, Durham, in three games. Quincy fought hard, but lost 25-18, 25-18 and 25-14.
“The last few weeks, I thought we’ve really been playing well and I thought we were peaking at the right time,” commented Quincy’s coach, Chad Hyink. “We came out well to start the match. I thought the kids were focused and ready to play.”
Quincy came out with high energy and took a small lead toward the start of the first game. Durham came back and the score was back and forth for the majority of the set. Toward the end, Durham pulled away for the win.
Durham scored early in the second and third games to obtain early leads. Quincy wasn’t able to even the score and remained behind for both games. Durham’s serving and attacking was too spot-on for Quincy’s players. The hard shots from Durham made it tough for Quincy to control the ball.
“We needed to pass the ball with more accuracy in order to set up out attacks, but we just had a hard time receiving their serve,” continued Hyink. “The kids fought hard and battled all night, but Durham showed why they earned the No. 2 seed with their solid play.”
Quincy ended its season with an even 16-16 overall record. In league play, the team finished 6-4. The week, prior to the match against Durham, Quincy took down higher-seeded Modoc High.
“We had a lot of ups and downs as we struggled early trying to find our rhythm,” Hyink said about the season. “I think part of the reason for that was the fact that we had a lot of players on the court who didn’t have experience playing at the varsity level of competition.”
This season, only three seniors played on Quincy’s team. The majority of the team was comprised of juniors with some sophomore contributions as well. Bethany Rouse, Jessica Melms and Kathleen Morrison represented the senior class.
Rouse was selected for the all-league team, while Melms was given an honorable mention. Jasmin Sherman, a junior at Quincy High School, was also selected as an all-league player.
“Although we will miss the contributions from our three seniors,” said Hyink, “we should be looking forward toward a successful season next year as 10 of the players on our playoff roster are able to return.”