Pratt High loses to Clearwater in substate.
The season came to a screeching halt for Lady Green in the first round of the Clearwater 4A division II sub-state. Sporting a 25-8 record and ranked as high as #4 in 4AII, Pratt was placed in a 4-team sub-state in which every team was ranked in the top ten.
Three very good teams were going to be sent home from the highly competitive sub-state. Unfortunately, Pratt High was one of them that met that fate.
Pratt was seeded third in the tourney, slated to face host Clearwater in the opening round. The host Indians defeated the Greenbacks in straight sets: 15-25; 22-25.
“We had a very good week of practice leading up to Saturday,” PHS head coach Shelby Nesbit observed. Things did not materialize as planned, however, as the Indians jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first set.
Following a time-out, Pratt regrouped, but had to fight to stay in the game after getting down early. “Clearwater came out on fire and ready to play,” Nesbit explained.
Clearwater’s big hitter Bryna Vogel, a K-State signee, connected numerous times at the net. “We really struggled getting a block up on her,” Coach Nesbit admitted. The result was a 15-25 decision for Clearwater in set one.
Set two was much more competitive. Pratt stayed with the Indians, but in the end fell 22-25 in set two, giving the Indians the straight-set victory.
“We played a lot better in the second set,” Nesbit said. “”We were able to get a little bit more established, but could never get over the hump.”
“I was proud of the girls for not giving up, especially in the second set,” Nesbit added. “It would have been a different story in the match if we had come out strong at the very beginning of set one.”
Clearwater was defeated by Wichita Trinity in the sub-state finals, so Trinity moves on to State from what was without question the most competitive 4AII sub-state. Pratt’s season ends with a record of 25-9.