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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Lady Greenbacks 4th in CKL tourney

  • The Pratt High School volleyball team kicked their season off at the CKL preseason tournament at Hesston on Saturday. The Greenbacks got off to a nice start, winning their pool before settling for 4th in bracket play.
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  • The Pratt High School volleyball team kicked their season off at the CKL preseason tournament at Hesston on Saturday. The Greenbacks got off to a nice start, winning their pool before settling for 4th in bracket play.
    “For the weekend we did fairly well overall,” first year head coach Malerie Hertzler observed. “I was very happy with the way we played the first three games and the things that we need to work on showed up towards the end of the day.”
    In pool play, PHS downed Nickerson 30-32, 25-23, 25-23 in a tight match. Then they prevailed in another 3-setter with Halstead 25-9, 25-27, 25-17.
    Bre Becker served 6 aces against Nickerson and had 19 assists; Kamry Johnson had 15 digs; and Stonie Flemming had 11 kills, 12 digs and 1.5 blocks. Destani Garten had a big game against Halstead with 14 kills.
    In bracket play quarterfinals, Bailey Batman served 4 aces to lead the Frogs to a 25-21, 25-17 triumph over Haven. Kelsey Potter and Samaria Kohman came up big in the middle for Pratt against the Wildcats, according to Coach Hertzler.
    In the semi-finals, Pratt ran into Hillsboro. The Lady Trojans have won State championships the past three years and showed no signs of any regression this year. The Lady Frogs gave them a tussle, taking game two 25-23, but in the end dropped a 3-setter to the Trojans. “We started out pretty slow and couldn’t figure out how to stop their big hitter,” Hertzler explained.
    In the third place game, PHS faced host Hesston. The Swathers put away the Greenbacks 19-25, 13-25. “I think we were tired the last game and just couldn’t move and anticipate the ball like we were in the morning,” Coach Hertzler said. “I fully believe if we had played them earlier in the day we would not have had any problem with them. Stonie and Destani again hit well for us and were the consistent factor that we needed but they couldn't carry the team.”
    The Greenbacks will compete in the Skyline Tournament this weekend. “Overall for the day, I am happy with the way we played,” Hertzler concluded. “There are things we now see that we need to work on before the Skyline tournament on Saturday. The first games always allow for coaches to see their strengths and weaknesses when you are finally playing someone besides your own teammates. I am ready to see how we compete this week and hopefully get some more wins as we play here in Pratt!”

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