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PRATT – It took six full sets for the Smoky Valley volleyball team to decide their two matches on the road Tuesday in Pratt and while they pulled out a victory over the host team, it was not to be against the top team in the Central Kansas League as they lost to Hesston.

The evening began with a bump as Pratt defeated the Lady Vikings 19-25 in the first set of their match before the Lady Vikings took control and hammered out two straight wins in sets two and three (25-14, 25-19) for the match victory.

“We started out slow against Pratt and the scores showed,” noted Lady Viking Head Coach Sharlene Ramsey. “I was proud of the girls and their ability to rally and take the next two sets from Pratt. We missed eight serves in the Pratt match and our serve receive passes weren’t quite on point. We recorded the W in that match and then faced a tough Hesston team.”

It was a matchup of the top two teams in the Central Kansas League when Smoky Valley battled with Hesston. While Hesston got the better end of the first and third set, the Lady Vikings did gain a victory in set two although they lost the match overall (13-25, 25-22, 18-25). With the win, Hesston picked up the league championship by finishing 9-0 in league matches while the Lady Vikings finished 7-2.

Coach Ramsey concluded her post match reflections talking about playing the Lady Swathers, saying, “Hesston is number one in our conference and we are number two, so we knew it would be a battle. After losing the first set, we really stepped up our energy and started to aggressively attack the ball. We also blocked their best hitter on several attempts which was awesome too. We missed nine serves in that game which we can’t afford to do when playing the caliber of team that Hesston is. It’s fun to play a good team like them!”

The Lady Viking varsity volleyball team will be on the road at Abilene for a tournament on Saturday, October 19, before closing out the 2019 regular season at home on Tuesday, October 22, with a triangular against Chapman and Nickerson. Smoky Valley will play their sub-state tournament in Council Grove on Saturday, October 26.

Smoky Valley also played four junior varsity matches with the junior varsity Lady Vikings #1 team gaining a split by beating Pratt (25-11, 25-14) in straight sets before losing to Hesston (25-17, 13-25, 16-18) despite winning the first set. They are 22-7 going into their final matches of the 2019 season at home next Tuesday with set of matches with Chapman and Nickerson.

The Lady Vikings junior varsity #2 team also split their matches, taking down Pratt in straight sets (25-23, 25-13) before losing in straight sets to Hesston (14-25, 13-25).  The Lady Viking junior varsity #2 team finishes their 2019 season with a record of 16-8 as Coach Ramsey acknowledged that ‘The girls on this team have had a solid season and have really made some great improvements.”


McKinley Johnson was 21 for 24 serving with 2 aces while also posting 26 assists.

Abby Rose was 22 for 26 serving with 6 aces while connecting on 16 kills and making 3 solo blocks plus 2 assisted blocks.

Elyse Ramsey was 19 for 20 serving with 1 ace while also posting 21 assists.

Addie Heitschmidt was 16 for 20 serving with 3 aces while also recording 4 kills.

Kerington Haxton was 16 for 18 serving with 2 aces while adding 7 kills.

Aubrey Boldra was 6 for 6 serving with 1 ace.

Bri Franklin posted 10 kills while getting 3 solo blocks and 5 assisted.

Madi Tolle posted 4 kills.

Belle Peters posted 3 kills and 4 assisted blocks.

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