Pirates struggle at Jamboree
The Prairie Lady Pirates volleyball team got off to a rough start at a 4-school jamboree held at Lewiston High School Thursday, August 26.
They lost twice each to Lewiston and Potlatch and lost once to Genesee.
They opened against Lewiston and kept it close as they took an 8-6 lead. Lewiston then took control after a missed Prairie serve and then had an 11-point serving run that put the Bengals ahead 8-18. Prairie eventually lost 11-25.
In the next match against Potlatch, Prairie got a 4-point serving run from Briget Long, who had 2 aces, and a 7-point serving run from Ashley Schaeffer which included 6 aces as they built a 19-8 lead.
Potlatch chipped away at the lead closing within 22-19 before missing a serve to give Prairie a 23-19 lead.
Prairie gave the serve right back though and never scored again as they lost 23-25.
Next they faced Genesee, the favorite to win the White Pine League this year, and fell behind early 3-10.
Prairie never got any closer than 5 points the rest of the way and lost 16-25.
In their second match-up with Lewiston the Bengals jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 13-25 win this time.
At that point Prairie thought they were done and were getting ready to leave when they were told they had to play another match, against Potlatch again.
The game went back and forth early on with the score tied 5 times, the last at 8-8.
Potlatch then got a serving run going as they reeled off 6 straight points to take control.
Prairie fought back though and cut the lead down to 3 at 19-22 but 2 straight points by Potlatch got them to game point.
Prairie fought off two game points as Long scored a kill and Lindsay Crea scored an ace but Potlatch then scored a kill to win 22-25.
Prairie opened their regular season with matches against Grangeville and Highland Tuesday and travel to Culdesac Thursday, Sept. 2 and will play in the Lewiston Tournament Saturday, Sept. 4. The Highland and Culdesac matches are league matches. They get back into league action next Tuesday at Deary and Troy.