After a ten-day layoff the Pratt Greenback volleyball team got back in action in a CKL triangular with host Halstead and always-tough Smoky Valley.
The time away didn't seem to hurt the girls and they opened the evening with a 25-14, 25-14 victory over the Dragons. Play was consistent but more importantly the team seemed to have better communication, playing up many well-hit balls by Halstead.
The second match pit the Greenbacks against the Smoky Valley Vikings. Both teams came out and played very scrappy. Long rallies and small leads made the match exciting to watch.
The outcome of both sets was not decided until late but when it was all over Pratt pushed its record to 10-3 overall and 2-0 in league play. "I think it was probably our best overall play so far this year. We have lot of room to improve but we made some big strides tonight."
The Greenbacks travel to Ulysses on Thursday to take part in a quadrangular with Ulysses, Hays and Garden City.
The JV Greenback volleyball team finally competed in their first matches of the season.
Playing with nerves the first match of the night the Greenbacks took on Smoky Valley Vikings. The Greenbacks played hard but couldn't overcome the Vikings losing, 15-25, 25-15, 9-15.
The next match was intense against Halstead Dragons. The Greenbacks lost the first set 16-25. The second set they came out with a vengeance ready to play. They took the Dragons 30-28 in the second set fighting for each and every point. The last set the Greenbacks got off to a rough start but fought back 14-14 and in the end lost 14-16. Overall the JV team played very strong and never gave up.
The freshmen/sophomore volleyball team has been able to see a lot of competition in the past couple weeks. Right now, their record is at 5-5. Last weekend, they participated in the very tough Chaparral tournament going 1-2, beating Wellington but losing to Cheney and Garden Plain. Our team chemistry is very strong and the girls feed off of each other very well. They are close to being a very dynamic team.
They came out and took care of business with Halstead, easily handling them 25-15-, 25-14. After Halstead, the girls had their work cut out for them with Smoky Valley. They were a well-disciplined team who had very strong hitters. The Greenbacks ended up losing 16-25, 14-25.
vs Halstead 25-14;25-14
kills: Maydew 10; Flemming 4; Kolm 4
aces: Maydew 2
assists: Kolm 11; Maydew 6
digs: Bailey 4; Olson 3
vs. Smoky 25-19; 25-17
kills: Maydew 11; Flemming 6
aces: Kolm 1; Hook 1; Buntemeyer 1; Maydew1
assists: Kolm 13; Maydew 7
digs: Rambat 3; Olson 2
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