Sometimes, practice doesn’t make perfect.


After working all week in what coach Patrick Hall called this year’s four best practices for the PCC volleyball team, the group came out flat against Colby, falling in the first set before rebounding for a four-set win.


Sometimes, practice doesn’t make perfect.

After working all week in what coach Patrick Hall called this year’s four best practices for the PCC volleyball team, the group came out flat against Colby, falling in the first set before rebounding for a four-set win.

“I think it’s that age-old coaches issue,” Hall said. “We just had four of the best practices we’ve had all year in a row, and then you always worry that you’ll come out and play the game and not be anything like you were in practice. And that’s pretty much what happened.”

Hall pointed to a lack of quality passing keeping Colby in the match for most of the night. While the Beavers rattled off three sets in a row to win in four, all but the last were close. After losing the first set 25-22, PCC then won the next three 27-25, 25-23, 25-18.

In the first set, the Beavers struggled to find rhythm on offense, playing back and forth until Colby turned a 21-21 tie into a 24-21 lead that won them the first set.

In the second, it was more of the same, with PCC falling behind by four early, 12-8. They battled back to tie things late, but allowed Colby to take a 25-24 lead. Pratt got the next three to win the set, with Natali Jones serving an ace for the win.

“If you don’t pass, nothing happens,” Hall said. “Passing and defense dictate the game, and our passing tonight left a lot to be desired. Really, the few times that we did pass well, we put the ball away pretty easily.”

In the third set, it remained a back and forth game, with the teams tied at 17-17 midway through. Pratt took a 24-22 lead and scored the winning point after allowing Colby to score one.

In the fourth, the Beavers looked like their usual, dominant selves. They built a 21-12 lead before allowing Colby to score five in a row. Finally, Colby missed a serve, ending the match without Pratt having to work for the final point.

“Our fortunes are tied to our passing and defense,” he said. “We’ve got to do a better job passing the ball. We know who people are going to serve to on our team, and yet we have to have those people out there. So they’re just going to have to step up and do a better job for us on serve receive.”

For now, they’ll get to keep practicing, as their next game will be in the Region VI tournament on Nov. 5. The Beavers will be the No. 1 seed in the double elimination tournament.