After winning 11 straight conference matches, the PCC volleyball team finally lost their momentum on Thursday night while also losing the match to Barton, 25-17, 17-25, 17-25, 29-31. Pratt remains in first place in the conference with an 11-2 record.


Pratt began the night looking like they would cruise to another sweep of Barton, as they did a couple of weeks ago. That may have been part of the problem, as Barton was fighting to hold onto third place and keep the home court advantage in the first round of Regionals, while Pratt has already earned a first round bye and will advance to the final four at Newman University in Wichita on Friday, Nov. 5.


After winning 11 straight conference matches, the PCC volleyball team finally lost their momentum on Thursday night while also losing the match to Barton, 25-17, 17-25, 17-25, 29-31. Pratt remains in first place in the conference with an 11-2 record.

Pratt began the night looking like they would cruise to another sweep of Barton, as they did a couple of weeks ago. That may have been part of the problem, as Barton was fighting to hold onto third place and keep the home court advantage in the first round of Regionals, while Pratt has already earned a first round bye and will advance to the final four at Newman University in Wichita on Friday, Nov. 5.

Pratt may have cruised a bit too much, as Barton caught fire in sets two and three, and by the time Pratt started playing in set four, they could not find a consistent rhythm on offense to finish the set.

Pratt's offense suffered from an off night controlling the ball. The team did not pass or set well, and the outside hitters combined for only a net four kills in 64 attempts. There was one offensive encouraging performance, as Hannah Melichar moved to the middle and had a team-high 14 kills, while hitting a season-high .760.

"We cruised through the first set tonight, and then we must have thought it was over," said head coach Patrick Hall. "It wasn't until the fourth set that we began playing again, but even then it was in fits and starts.  Other than Hannah, we simply didn't have much offense, and we had probably our worst passing performance of the season.  Barton had a lot at stake, as they are still fighting for seeding, and they played with a lot of motivation and determination.  I hope that we learned something tonight.  Everyone will get up to play us.  Everyone will bring their best game, and in order to get to Nationals, we will need to do a lot more than just talk like champions."

The only person in double digits defensively was Tori Provencio with 18 digs.

PCC will play its last home match on Wednesday against the visiting Colby Trojans at 6:30 pm.