QND closed out the first set on a 14-2 run and carried the momentum over into the second set for a 25-20, 25-14 win over Hannibal.
Quincy Notre Dame veteran coach Rich Meyer made a statement to his team halfway through the first set.
With Hannibal racing out to an early 18-11 lead, Meyer decided to replace a couple of his starters with seldom-used bench players.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, Meyers’ message was received loud and clear by the Raiders. QND closed out the first set on a 14-2 run and carried the momentum over into the second set for a 25-20, 25-14 win over visiting Hannibal on Tuesday.
“The first part of the game, QND came out flat and we came out strong which doesn’t happen too often,” Lady Pirates coach Kelsey Whitley said.
An ace from Kaylee Falconer and a slam by Kyler Rademan gave the Lady Pirates the seven-point advantage.
Meyer called a timeout and sent in sophomores Meredith Siebers and Taylor Keck.
“It’s not what I said to the girls, I think my actions said what I wanted,” the QND coach said. “When you start out with a group and they don’t play real hard, sometimes you have to replace people. We have a lot of people on the bench and I am inclined to play a lot of them. Either you produce or you go sit on the bench.”
After the run to complete the first-set comeback, the Lady Raiders did not let up there. QND scored the first seven points of the second set setting the tone early.
“They just came alive,” Whitley said. “QND came on strong, had some good swings and we just crumbled.”
A kill by Shelby Nelson ended the Raiders run to start the second. Nelson would later put another ball away to close the deficit to 12-8. But the Lady Pirates could get no closer.
The loss drops Hannibal to 10-6 on the season, while QND improves to 15-4.
Maddie Janes led the Lady Pirates offensive attack with five kills, all of which came in the first half.
Rademan and Nelson added four kills apiece while Falconer passed out 12 assists.
Meyer said his team made some adjustments to their defense after the fast start from the Hannibal hitters.
“I think our blockers were just a little impatient, they were jumping a little too soon,” the Raiders coach said. “Every team is different and if your timing is off even a fraction of a second it could make a big difference.”
Whitley mentioned her team's fight against a program like QND does not bother her.
“These are the type of matches you want to play,” the Lady Pirates coach said. “I would rather come here then go somewhere else and roll over another team. QND always has a strong program. These are the caliber of teams we are going to see in the postseason.”