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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Greenbacks 2nd at Skyline Invite

  • After a 3rd place finish at the Central Kansas league tournament last week the Pratt Greenbacks were anxious to put the adjustments that were made to the test.
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  • After a 3rd place finish at the Central Kansas league tournament last week the Pratt Greenbacks were anxious to put the adjustments that were made to the test.
    The 37th annual T-Bird Invitational provided the perfect opportunity. The Greenback's first opponent was the Medicine Lodge Indians. Pratt came out hitting on all cylinders and took the first set easily 25-6.
    The second set saw a combination of improved play by Medicine and an easing of intensity by Pratt, winning the set and match 25-22.
    Between matches coach Rausch talked to the girls about keeping a consistent level of intensity throughout the rest of the days' matches and they seemed to take note.
    In the next two matches play seemed to be much steadier and they beat the Stafford Trojans 25-12, 25-12 and the Pretty Prairie Bulldogs 25-5, 25-14 securing a spot in the championship bracket where they would face the host team.
    The always-anticipated match-up between the area teams proved to be as competitive as ever.
    Pratt-Skyline's girls are tall, athletic and well coached. Their only loss of the day was a three-set affair with St. John to open the day. Both teams traded punches and there were long rallies with neither team making much headway. Pratt High finally put enough offense together and with some scrappy defense eked out a 25-17, 25-17, victory.
    In a rematch of last year's finals, the Pratt Greenbacks would play the St. John Tigers. The match-up is always fun to watch and even more fun to participate in. Last year's state champions were retooled again, retaining five of six starters with a very strong bench.
    The Pratt team found itself down early and there was a real concern that the young squad might be overmatched today.
    But, with what has come to be the rule rather than the exception, the Green and Gold fought back. Losing the first set 20-25; the Greenbacks fought back and went on to win the second set, 25-22.
    The pivotal match was decided early. Aggressive serving and almost perfect play by the Tigers put away the Greenbacks 25-8 to secure the match and this year's T-Bird Invitational championship.
    The Greenback spikers will be back in action on September 11 in a league triangular at Halstead.

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