Sometimes you beat yourselves, sometimes you just get beat. Wednesday night at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena, it was the latter as the Pratt Community College volleyball team dropped a match to one of the Jayhawk conference toughest teams, Colby Community College.
PCC wasn’t going to let themselves be taken lightly, however, as they won the opening set from the visiting Trojans by a 25-23 count. The second set was a nail-biter as well, going into extras before Colby could escape with a 25-27 win.
Had PCC pulled set 2 out, anything might have happened, but once Colby seized the momentum in the match, they didn’t let go— and they closed out the Lady Beavers in two more sets 18-25; 17-25.
Set 2 was especially entertaining as both sides showed hustle and made some incredible saves, resulting in some long rallies. “We played with a lot of heart,” PCC head coach Misty Arnold observed.
In set three, Colby’s OH Lorena Rosario began to find the range and reeled off several consecutive winners, resulting in Colby being able to take the lead. “We were just outmatched by their outside hitter (Rosario),” Coach Arnold explained. “In sets 2 and 3, the errors were even between the two teams. That means for them to have outscored us, they were just simply putting away more winners.”
Coach Arnold has been having to shuffle some personnel recently to account for injuries etc. “We moved Haley McKee to outside hitter, so we needed another middle,” Arnold said. “Tausha Sniff has stepped up and is doing some good things in there (middle) for us. I’m really proud of her.”
There’s no shame in losing to a better team, and that’s just what PCC volleyball did Wednesday night. But they played hard and made Colby work for it. With a record of 4-16 (2-8 conference), the Lady Beavers have a weekend event at Neosho County Friday and Saturday.