With sub-state coming up on Saturday, and a regular-season title in the CKL already under their belts, the Pratt Greenback volleyball team still had one final challenge left on the schedule.


For their last match, Pratt traveled to Valley Center for a triangular with Goddard, and they knew going in, things would not be easy.


With sub-state coming up on Saturday, and a regular-season title in the CKL already under their belts, the Pratt Greenback volleyball team still had one final challenge left on the schedule.

For their last match, Pratt traveled to Valley Center for a triangular with Goddard, and they knew going in, things would not be easy.

“When you are getting ready for sub-state, you want your last set of games to be against the very best competition,” said coach Dean Rausch. “Only in that way will your weaknesses be exposed so that they can be addressed.”

Valley Center, the No. 2-ranked team in 5A and Goddard, a top 10 in 6A, were exactly what the Greenbacks needed. Every time the Pratt girls missed a coverage, put over a weak pass, or did not close a block, the team paid dearly.

In the first match of the evening, the host team Valley Center used every weapon

they had to keep the young spikers off balance, guessing, and totally out of sync, easily beating Pratt in the first set 25-8. It was a wake-up call that the girls heeded, and in the second set the girls played hard, keeping it close with the Hornets finally pulling away with a 25-18 victory.

The next match was against the Goddard Lions. They had split the previous two meetings with Valley and had quality at all positions. The Greenbacks got out to a better start than against Valley Center, but could not get enough consistency to finish, losing the first set 25-15. The second set was the best of the night for Pratt and it went right down to the wire with the ladies coming up a little short, losing 25-22.

The Pratt volleyball team finished the regular season with a 27-9 record going into the Nickerson sub-state.

Unlike last year, when Cheney was a clear and extremely challenging obstacle to making the state tournament, the Nickerson regional has no clear-cut favorite. If Pratt can get things going and play quality volleyball, they have a good opportunity to continue on to the state tournament.