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Larned falters against Pratt, host Lyons
Prep Volleyball
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LYONS — Larned High School continued to battle, but came up short in Central Kansas League volleyball matches.
The Indians were swept by Pratt 27-25, 25-21 and Lyons 25-20, 19-25, 25-20 Tuesday.
The Indians are 7-26 overall, 1-8 in the Central Kansas League.
“The ladies fought hard, but again couldn’t put it all together to finish off either team tonight,” said Larned coach Paul Deveaux. “They played with a lot more determination, but couldn’t quite execute the game plan versus either team to put them away.
Larned’s Maci Perez earned all-tournament honors at the Kingman volleyball tournament last weekend.
“I tweaked the line up a bit, minimizing substitutions to keep the girls more in sync and give my big hitter, Maci Perez, first shot at the teams all across the front row,” Deveaux said. “She definitely ate it up because she had six kills against Pratt and nine kills against Lyons.  She had eight aces versus. Lyons, most by a Larned player in one match all season.”
Perez also had eight digs versus Pratt and seven digs versus Lyons.
“She definitely brought her “A” game tonight and was by far the player of the match,” he said.
A couple points in Larned’s favor and things would have been different.
“Tonight was a tough night because it all came down to just a few points in both matches,” he said. “It came down to which team made that critical mistake at the wrong time.  
Larned lost by a total of six points in two sets against Pratt with five giveaway serving errors.
“Had those not happened, it easily could have gone the other way,” he said.
Lyons defeated Larned 25-17, 25-12 Saturday at Kingman. Coach Deveaux was pleased the Indians competed much better.
“Against Lyons it was just good to see the girls bounce back from an ugly loss to them last Saturday at Kingman and take them to three sets, all of them hard fought,” he said.
Other standouts tonight included Alysa Byrum who was error free 100 percent in her serving all night (17 total serves, one ace). She added seven kills on the night (four versus Lyons), 16 assists (9 versus Lyons), and 13 digs versus Lyons.  
Kelsey Parr had a good night with four aces and 19 assists (12 versus Lyons).
Courtney Detherage had three blocks on the night (1.5 in each match) which is her highest total in a day of matches so far this year.  
Allyson Aldrich added 11 kills on the night (six versus Lyons) and added nine digs against Lyons.