The Pratt High volleyball team went undefeated in the Skyline invitational held at Pratt Community College on September 1, beating Medicine Lodge in the championship match.
Skyline held their 43rd annual invitational volleyball tournament on Saturday, September 1 at Pratt Community College; At the end of the tournament, the Pratt High volleyball team emerged victorious from the championship match against Medicine Lodge.
Facing Pretty Prairie in the first match of pool play, the Pratt High Lady Greenbacks defeated the Bulldogs 25-14 and 25-22 before playing and winning against a much-improved Pawnee Heights team 25-17 and 25-23.
In the last match of pool play, Pratt High beat Hodgeman County 25-8 and 25-6, allowing the Lady Greenbacks to come out of their pool ranked first.
After defeating St. John-Hudson in the semi-final match with scores of 25-6 and 25-12, Pratt High advanced to the championship match where they beat Medicine Lodge 25-13 and 25-12.
Pratt High head volleyball coach, Summer Younie, said she was very pleased with how the team played in the tournament, citing several players who contributed heavily to the team's success for the day.
"We served tough [and] we passed well," Younie said. "I thought all three setters--Allisan McGowan, Jenna Fincham and Kami Theis--did a great job of running our offense. We blocked well all day and were extremely aggressive on offense."
Leading the Lady Greenbacks with 26 kills, 14 blocks and 5 aces, Younie said Kierson Maydew was one such player who showed tremendous leadership in the tournament, however, there were several players who Younie said also contributed heavily throughout the day.
"Rheagan Hoover had 19 kills and 6 blocks; Kaitlyn Rasmussen had 18 kills and 9 blocks; Kyra Johnson had 15 kills, 7 blocks, and 7 aces; Lauren Kolm had 5 kills and 11 blocks," Younie said. "Abby Lloyd led the team in aces with 8, Jenna Fincham contributed 7 aces, Allisan McGowan had 5 [aces], and Kieara Kaufman had 3 aces for the day."
The teams were divided into a white pool and a blue pool with the top two teams from each pool going into the championship round.
During pool play, Skyline played St. John and lost 25-18 and 25-14 before playing the Wichita Defenders and winning both games 25-13 and 25-16.
Finally, Skyline played Medicine Lodge and lost 25-7 in the first set but made a strong comeback in the second set, barely missing a win with a score of 25-23. Skyline did not make it out of pool play.
Twelve medals were awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams and the 1st place team--Pratt High--received a plaque.