Trailing two sets to none and facing match point, the Dell Rapids Quarriers rallied for a thrilling five-set match win over the Deubrook Area Dolphins on Tuesday, October 9th. Dell Rapids won by set scores of 11-25, 26-28, 26-24, 25-20, 15-11.
Playing in their second match in as many nights, the Quarriers got off to a bit of a slow start as Deubrook was able to get out to a 14-9 lead in the first set, and then close out the set on an 11-2 run to win 25-11. Dell Rapids appeared as if they were going to tie the match at 1-1 leading 22-17 in the second set, but Deubrook rallied to tie the set at 24-24, and then got the advantage and win at 28-26.
Dell Rapids was able to get themselves a 15-11 lead mid way through the third set, but Deubrook tied it at 18-18. The Dolphins continued with the momentum for a 24-22 lead, forcing match point on Dell Rapids. The Quarriers rallied for four straight points to steal the third set at 26-24 and keep the match alive.
Neither team was able to get more than a two-to-three point lead for much of the fourth set. The two teams were tied 17-17 and 19-19 before Dell Rapids closed out the fourth set on a 6-1 run to force the fifth and final set. Deubrook started to pull away in the fifth set as they lead 9-5 and then 11-7. However, the Quarriers stormed back with eight straight points with Maria Jackson serving to win the match.
Dell Rapids (16-6) will take a four-match winning streak into the Dak-12 Conference Tournament on Saturday, October 13th. The tournament will be held at Dakota Valley High School.