NICKERSON – It’s never easy to end a season with a loss, and for the Pratt High Greenbacks, the emotion on their faces told the whole story.


After falling in two sets to second-seeded Nickerson, the large crowd of Nickerson fans erupted in celebration, while the Greenback faithful stayed mostly silent. This will be the first ever appearance at the state tournament for the Panthers.


NICKERSON – It’s never easy to end a season with a loss, and for the Pratt High Greenbacks, the emotion on their faces told the whole story.

After falling in two sets to second-seeded Nickerson, the large crowd of Nickerson fans erupted in celebration, while the Greenback faithful stayed mostly silent. This will be the first ever appearance at the state tournament for the Panthers.

“Obviously, you don’t want it to end that way, but it did,” said coach Dean Rausch. “I feel bad for my seniors, but we couldn’t have done anymore. They didn’t ever give up, they had a lot of heart. Good luck to Nickerson going forward.”

Pratt lost 29-27, 25-21 to end their season with a record of 28-10.

Down in the first set 24-20, Pratt rallied with a series of clutch plays to tie the game at 24. At 24-21, Jenson Maydew’s serve sailed long, which would have ended the set. However, the referee did not give her the signal to serve, so it was redone. The Greenbacks tooka 27-26 lead, but eventually fell 29-27.

“That first set was awesome," Rausch said. "Our kids showed a lot of heart in coming back."

With that tough loss behind them, Pratt came out and played even with Nickerson at the beginning of the second set, but allowed the Panthers to take a 15-11 lead. When Nickerson rattled off six points to build a 22-14 lead, Rausch put his seniors in to let them share the court together in their final game, win or lose.

“We put our seniors in there at the end, win, lose or draw, you want your seniors to be out there and represent, and they did,” he said. “They didn’t give up. I’ve been proud of these seniors all year and I’m going to continue to be proud of them.”

The group responded, scoring five straight points of their own to make it 24-21 before a miscommunication allowed a controlled ball to hit the ground between two players, ending the match and the Greenbacks’ season.

“Right now, our girls are hurting, but they have nothing to hang their heads about,” he said. “They represented their town and our team very very well.”

Earlier in the day, Pratt needed a comeback to get out of the semi-finals against Kingman. The Eagles took the first set convincingly, 25-21, before Pratt came back and won the next two 25-12, 25-15.

“Kingman on any given night can play with anybody,” he said. “When your seniors have their backs against the walls, and this is it, they fight and they fight.”

The Greenbacks lose seniors Rystal Hoeme, Emma McNay and Breanna Blankenship.