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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • PHS volleyballers win two home matches

  • It was not an equilateral triangle at the 3-sided match hosted by Pratt High Tuesday night.
    One of the opponents, Ellinwood, was a very worthy one. The other opponent, Nickerson, was barely a speed bump for the Greenbacks on their way to sweeping the triangular.
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  • It was not an equilateral triangle at the 3-sided match hosted by Pratt High Tuesday night.
    One of the opponents, Ellinwood, was a very worthy one. The other opponent, Nickerson, was barely a speed bump for the Greenbacks on their way to sweeping the triangular.
    In the opening game, the Ellinwood Eagles had no answer for Jenson Maydew as she slammed ball after ball to the floor for kills, and Pratt had the 25-13 win.
    But then the second game saw a mirror image reversal of fortune as the Eagles handed Pratt an identical 13-25 setback.
    The match came down to a deciding game three, and what a game it was. Pratt finally prevailed in sudden death 29-27.
    The match against Nickerson was not nearly so dramatic. The opener was a 25-11 drubbing by the Greenbacks.
    The Panthers put up even less of a fight in the finale, falling 25-5 in what practically amounts to a skunking.
    “Ellinwood is a very good team,” Pratt High head coach Dean Rausch allowed. “The match could have gone either way.”
    “We had it clicking on all cylinders against Nickerson,” he continued.
    Rausch experimented with a different offensive set on the evening, opting to go with a 5-1 as opposed to his usual 6-2.
    In an effort to compensate for a lack of height in certain rotations, Rausch decided to try going with a single setter.
    “We had a few glitches early on against Ellinwood,” Rausch explained, “but we worked through it.”
    The advantage to the single setter, according to Rausch is that it spreads out the defense a little more since they also have to cover possible dunks by the setter.
    The setter becomes an offensive weapon as well that the defense must account for.
    “By the Nickerson match, we had it running pretty smoothly,” Rausch said.
    The Lady Greenbacks upped their season record to 21-5 with the twin victories.  Their only loss in the Central Kansas League was to Hillsboro, so Pratt is 4-1 in league.
    The Lady Greenbacks will travel to Haven next Tuesday to continue their season with another triangular.
    Stats highlights
    vs. Ellinwood 25-13; 13-25; 29-27
    ACES
    Kolm 1
    Pixler 1
    Olson 1
    Maydew 1
    KILLS
    Kolm 4
    Olson 4
    Flemming 11
    Maydew 22
    ASSIST
    Kolm 36
    DIG
    Gillig 7
    Rambat 6
    Garten 3
    Kolm 3
    vs. Nickerson 25-11; 25-5
    ACES
    Kolm 1
    Hook 1
    Gillig 1
    KILLS
    Page 2 of 3 - Maydew 7
    Olson 6
    Flemming 4
    ASSISTS
    Kolm 18
    DIGS
    Gillig 3
    Garten 2
    Kolm 1By Neil DePew
    sports@pratttribune.com
    It was not an equilateral triangle at the 3-sided match hosted by Pratt High Tuesday night.
    One of the opponents, Ellinwood, was a very worthy one. The other opponent, Nickerson, was barely a speed bump for the Greenbacks on their way to sweeping the triangular.
    In the opening game, the Ellinwood Eagles had no answer for Jenson Maydew as she slammed ball after ball to the floor for kills, and Pratt had the 25-13 win.
    But then the second game saw a mirror image reversal of fortune as the Eagles handed Pratt an identical 13-25 setback.
    The match came down to a deciding game three, and what a game it was. Pratt finally prevailed in sudden death 29-27.
    The match against Nickerson was not nearly so dramatic. The opener was a 25-11 drubbing by the Greenbacks.
    The Panthers put up even less of a fight in the finale, falling 25-5 in what practically amounts to a skunking.
    “Ellinwood is a very good team,” Pratt High head coach Dean Rausch allowed. “The match could have gone either way.”
    “We had it clicking on all cylinders against Nickerson,” he continued.
    Rausch experimented with a different offensive set on the evening, opting to go with a 5-1 as opposed to his usual 6-2.
    In an effort to compensate for a lack of height in certain rotations, Rausch decided to try going with a single setter.
    “We had a few glitches early on against Ellinwood,” Rausch explained, “but we worked through it.”
    The advantage to the single setter, according to Rausch is that it spreads out the defense a little more since they also have to cover possible dunks by the setter.
    The setter becomes an offensive weapon as well that the defense must account for.
    “By the Nickerson match, we had it running pretty smoothly,” Rausch said.
    The Lady Greenbacks upped their season record to 21-5 with the twin victories.  Their only loss in the Central Kansas League was to Hillsboro, so Pratt is 4-1 in league.
    The Lady Greenbacks will travel to Haven next Tuesday to continue their season with another triangular.
    Stats highlights
    vs. Ellinwood 25-13; 13-25; 29-27
    ACES
    Kolm 1
    Pixler 1
    Olson 1
    Maydew 1
    KILLS
    Kolm 4
    Olson 4
    Flemming 11
    Maydew 22
    ASSIST
    Kolm 36
    DIG
    Page 3 of 3 - Gillig 7
    Rambat 6
    Garten 3
    Kolm 3
    vs. Nickerson 25-11; 25-5
    ACES
    Kolm 1
    Hook 1
    Gillig 1
    KILLS
    Maydew 7
    Olson 6
    Flemming 4
    ASSISTS
    Kolm 18
    DIGS
    Gillig 3
    Garten 2
    Kolm 1
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