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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Lady Beavers burst Cloud

  • The Pratt Community College volleyball remained undefeated in the Jayhawk West Wednesday night, sweeping Cloud County at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena. The win put PCC in a first place tie with Colby atop the conference—both teams sporting 3-0 marks. Game scores against Cloud County were 25-21; 25-5; 25-14.
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    • Stats PCC v Cloud County

      Brooke Christie: 6 total blocks;5 kills
      Alexis Sanchez: 7 total blocks; 4 kills
      Haley McKee: 4 total blocks
      Ashlie Gramke: 6 kills
      Jocelyn Cochran: 6 kills
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      Stats PCC v Cloud County

      Brooke Christie: 6 total blocks;5 kills

      Alexis Sanchez: 7 total blocks; 4 kills

      Haley McKee: 4 total blocks

      Ashlie Gramke: 6 kills

      Jocelyn Cochran: 6 kills

      Camera Broadnax: 19 digs

  • The Pratt Community College volleyball remained undefeated in the Jayhawk West Wednesday night, sweeping Cloud County at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena. The win put PCC in a first place tie with Colby atop the conference—both teams sporting 3-0 marks. Game scores against Cloud County were 25-21; 25-5; 25-14.
    Game one was a back-and-forth affair, each team enjoying runs. The teams played evenly at first, the score knotted at 5. Then PCC went on a little run, a Jocelyn Cochran spike giving Pratt the 9-5 advantage.
    From there, however, the Clouds had their best stretch of the entire evening, outscoring the Beavers 12-4 to put themselves up 17-13. During that stretch, calls were not going Pratt’s way, but head coach Misty Arnold shrugged it off, saying later, “Calls happen. I wasn’t too concerned. We just show up to play every day and the calls are the calls.”
    Another unfortunate occurrence during that stretch was an injury to hitter Whitney Gibson. On the previous play, she had literally knocked the Cloud receiver to the ground with the force of her spike. On the ensuing play, a CCCC player came under the net and Gibson came down on her, rolling her ankle. Gibson was done for the night, and it looked like it might be for longer. But after the game Coach Arnold said the injury may not be as bad as it first appeared, and Gibson would probably be day-to-day.
    Nonetheless, line-up adjustments were required. “We adjust to injury,” Arnold said. “The girls play a lot of different positions in practice. We have a lot of players who can do a lot of things. We just do what we need to do.” The adjustments were successful and PCC began to get back into the match.
    A Brooke Christie block got the score tied again at 21. From there, Kaci Copeland served out the set. 25-21 PCC in game one.
    The match may have turned on the first point of the second set. The Lady Beavers made a crazy, impossible save of a tipped ball clear over by the PCC bench. The ensuing “free ball” was delivered with such accuracy that it hit the floor on Cloud’s side without a Thunderbird being able to lay a finger on it.
    The Cloud County players seemed stunned by the turn of events, as PCC’s hustle had turned what looked like a certain point for the T-Birds into a Beaver point. “We practice intensely,” Coach Arnold remarked, “so we know how to play under pressure in games.”
    From that point, Cloud County came unraveled. Double hits, lifts, misfires, service errors…The Clouds looked more and more like deers-in-the-headlights as the Lady Beavers dismantled them in game two. PCC had an answer for everything CCCC tried.
    Page 2 of 2 - Megan Putnam and Alexis Blanchat unerringly served point after point and when the smoke cleared in game two, Pratt had come away with a 25-5 drubbing to go up 2-0 in the match. PCC was only tagged with 3 errors the entire second set, as evidence of how well they played.
    The third set was more of the same, as the disheartened Thunderbirds could get nothing going against the Lady Beavers. Haylee Eck served PCC to 6-0 lead to start the set, and the rest was a foregone conclusion. PCC pushed the lead to 19-7. From there, the teams traded points until the match ended, somewhat appropriately some might say, on a service error by CCCC. Game three 25-14 Pratt. Match 3-0 Pratt.
    The Lady Beavers head west for a showdown with Colby on Monday September 16

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