The long anticipated return match between 4A #10 ranked Pratt High and 3A #1 ranked Hillsboro didn’t go as Greenback fans would have liked. Since dropping a match to the Trojans in the preseason CKL tourney, Lady Green had reeled off a dozen consecutive wins, improved their record to 14-1, and were looking forward to evening up the season series with Hillsboro.
But Hillsboro had other ideas. In a triangular that also featured Kingman, Pratt split by downing the Eagles 25-12; 25-17, but then they were dropped by Hillsboro 19-25; 18-25 in a match that didn’t quite live up to its billing.
Against Kingman, Pratt didn’t communicate well and made some mental errors, according to PHS head coach Shelby Nesbit. “But we worked through the adversity and found a way to win,” Nesbit said.
“Destani (Garten) played very consistent,” Nesbit noted. “She made minimal errors and had a 75% kill ratio.”
“Jenson (Maydew) and Anna (Swank) had some good blocks,” added Coach Nesbit.
Against Hillsboro, things didn’t go according to script. “They exposed our weaknesses,” Nesbit explained. “I think we lacked the intensity needed to play with a team of that caliber.”
“We couldn’t move our feet, we lacked confidence,” Nesbit continued. “We reacted slowly to the ball.”
On the positive side, Nesbit said, “My diggers did a great job of picking up their hits. Hillsboro had some very good swings but we stay disciplined in that aspect and picked them up.”
Jenson Maydew had a great kill ratio, going 11 for 12 on attacks.
The Pratt JV are coached by Erica Stevens. In the triangular, they also beat Kingman but fell to Hillsboro.
Versus Kingman, in a match they ran away with 25-6; 25-4, Pratt JV dominated with consistent and controlled serving, according to Coach Stevens. Against Hillsboro, the Greenback JVs lost 18-25; 17-25. “We played inconsistently and started off flat each game,” Stevens said. “We dug too big of a hole that we couldn’t get out of. “
“We struggled with defensive coverage and getting to the ball,” Stevens continued. “We hope to focus on our weaknesses at practice this week so we can come away with wins this weekend at our home tournament.”
The JV hosts a tournament this weekend while the varsity travels to Lyons. Both events begin at 9 a.m.