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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Cougars get past Lady Beavers

  • It has to be getting frustrating. Several times recently, the Pratt Community College volleyball team has faced a highly regarded opponent in the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena, taken the first set from them—and then fallen apart to drop the next three sets and the match.
    That scenario played out again Thursday night as the Lady Beavers lost a conference match to Barton County 1-3.
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  • It has to be getting frustrating. Several times recently, the Pratt Community College volleyball team has faced a highly regarded opponent in the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena, taken the first set from them—and then fallen apart to drop the next three sets and the match.
    That scenario played out again Thursday night as the Lady Beavers lost a conference match to Barton County 1-3.
    “We have a lot of young kids playing,” explained PCC head coach Misty Arnold regarding the Beavers’ inconsistency. “We only have two sophomores in the regular playing rotation. They just don’t know how to finish off a match yet.”
    After winning the first set, then dropping the second one 16-25, the match seemed to turn on the third set, which was a very tense and competitive one.
    In the second set, the Cougar hitters had begun to take the measure of the Beavers. But at the start of the second set, PCCs blocks became more effective again. Alexis Sanchez served several straight points and the Beavers were up 7-3 early.
    The Lady Beavers front line began to connect, Haley McKee, Jocelyn Cochran and Ashlie Gramke all collecting kills. The Beavers led 12-7 at that point. BarCo began to chip away, however, and eventually got the set tied at 17. Blocker Brooke Christie combined with her OHs Whitney Gibson and Cochran to knock back a couple of points putting PCC up 19-17.
    That would be Pratt’s final lead of the night however, as the Cougars regrouped, outscored Pratt 8-4 down the stretch and took set three 25-23. BCCC up 2 sets to 1.
    Set 4 was all Barton. Their shots were finding the floor on PCCs side and Pratt made some errors. The final set was 17-25 BCCC, match 3-1 BCCC.
    With the loss, PCC falls to 6-20 on the year, 2-10 in the conference. The Lady Beavers will travel to Hutch Tuesday night next week before completing the regular season on Thursday by hosting the Seward County Saints.

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