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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Lady Green volleyball short on volleyball experience

  • Pratt High’s new head volleyball coach Malerie Hertzler begins the year without much in the way of returning varsity experience, but she believes that her team will be able to gel and compete when the season opens this coming weekend at the pre-season CKL tournament.
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  • Pratt High’s new head volleyball coach Malerie Hertzler begins the year without much in the way of returning varsity experience, but she believes that her team will be able to gel and compete when the season opens this coming weekend at the pre-season CKL tournament.
    “Things have been going well,” Hertzler said. “We only return two varsity players from last year, so its been challenging— but it’s been fun. We’ll be ready to play on Saturday.”
    Junior Destani Garten and senior Stonie Flemming are the only two Lady Frogs that return from last year’s varsity rotation. Both were among statistical leaders for Lady Green, so Coach Hertzler has two solid returning front-line players back that she can count on.
    Important new faces include Breann Becker and Bailey Batman. “Bre has been doing a great job of taking control of the court,” Hertzler commented. “She’s going to be one of our setters.”
    Batman has been asked to shift positions from outside hitter to right side hitter, and is making the adjustment well, according to Coach Hertzler. Kamry Johnson has been penciled in at libero, an important defensive position. “She has some good skills,” Hertzler observed.
    The rest of the rotation is a little bit up for grabs, with several likely candidates vying for the remaining spots. “It’ll be a little bit mix and match until we can get our rotation figured out,” Coach Hertzler explained. Those who could see time for Lady Green include Kelsey Smith-Potter, Samaria Kohman, Paige Huber and Courtney Blankenship. Reilly Perez could see some time in the back row.
    The Frogs have not had any trouble picking up the scheme tweaks that Coach Hertzler has introduced. “We worked all summer on the way I want us to run our offense, and our defense and blocking positions,” Hertzler said. “The girls understood it right away. They picked it up quick. They’re very coachable.”
    The Central Kansas League has traditionally been a hotbed of girls prep sports, and Hertzler expects this season to be no different. “I have coached the girls from Hesston and Halstead, and I coached girls from Sterling and Hoisington this summer,” Hertzler pointed out. “The league is going to be very strong again this year. There are going to be lots of challenges in the CKL. We’re not going to have games getting handed to us. We’re going to have to work hard to get wins.”
    But despite the lack of varsity experience and the difficult schedule, Coach Hertzler is optimistic and excited for the season to get started. Lady Green will travel to Hesston Saturday to begin the year at the pre-season CKL tourney.
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