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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Pratt Impact captures Challenge Cup

  • The Pratt Impact girl’s 17’s club volleyball team played in the Heart of America Volleyball Association Silver Heart Challenge Cup (18’s) at the cavernous Field House of Kansas, in Overland Park, KS over the weekend.
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  • The Pratt Impact girl’s 17’s club volleyball team played in the Heart of America Volleyball Association Silver Heart Challenge Cup (18’s) at the cavernous Field House of Kansas, in Overland Park, KS over the weekend.
    The two day tournament brought 32, 17 year old and 18 year old girls’ club teams, to the Field House of Kansas in Overland Park, KS from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.
     Team members arrived late Friday night after enduring icy road conditions the last twenty miles before arriving in the K.C. metro area.  
    Worn and frazzled, they started slowly at the 8 am, Saturday match and lost both sets.  
    Their loss was a wake-up call and the team played relentless and aggressive volleyball the next two matches and finished second in the first of two “pool” play competitions for the day.
     During the afternoon pool play the team pushed itself harder and finished first with a 4 and 2 record.  On Sunday morning they dropped only one set on the way to a 5 and 1 record in the third and final round of pool play.  Their performance earned them a berth in the Gold Division semifinals of “tournament play”.   There were four divisions, Gold, Silver, Flight #1 and Flight #2.
     Playing in the first match of the Semifinals of the Gold Division, the team faced Club Cross 171.  With skill, tenacity and energy, Impact played a hard fought first set and won 25-23.  
    Cross refocused and won the second set after a run of 7 unanswered points after the opening serve.  The third and final set was a different matter.  Impact started strong, finished strong and were focused throughout and won the match and the team went to the Finals.
     The Finals paired Impact with the Club Velocity Jags.  It looked like the Jags had the skills and size advantage and took the first set.  But the second set saw Impact not only match them spike for spike and dig for dig but their mental toughness, athleticism and tenacity paid off with a win.  Apparently Velocity had not faced this kind of an adversary in the tournament because, as they say, “the wheels came off”, and Pratt Impact won the third set going away.
     In three tournaments so far this season, Impact placed second in the first and has won the last two including the HOA Silver Heart Challenge Tournament.
     Playing without two of their team members, Kaitlyn  Stark and Taylor Rolfs, the Pratt Impact club team elevated their game to a much higher level with this win in Kansas City.  
    Team members include:  Jensen Maydew, Jaci Kolm and Bailey Gillig (Pratt High School); Marissa Stewart and Paige Stewart (Nickerson H.S.);  Kaitlyn Stark (Skyline H.S.); Haley Falk (St. John H.S.); Taylor Rolfs (Central Plains H.S.);  Angela Johnson and Kelsi Goetz (Hutchinson H.S.).  Kelley Maydew from Pratt is their coach.

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