Pirates win league opener
The Lady Pirates volleyball team traveled to Craigmont Tuesday, August 31 where they beat Highland then lost to Grangeville.
In their league opener they defeated Highland 23-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-20, 15-11. They followed that with a best of 3 non-league match against Grangeville and lost 18-25, 18-25.
The first game went back and forth as neither team wanted to take control. Prairie managed to take a 23-21 lead late but two errors and then two aces gave Highland 4 straight points and the win.
The second game started badly for the Pirates as Highland jumped out to a 3-11 lead. The Huskies still led 9-18 when Prairie started to chip away.
They pulled within 16-21 as a bad serve by Highland scored the side-out. Briget Long then went to the service line and had a 5-point run to tie the game. She had 3 aces while Ashley Schaeffer and Natalie Arnzen each scored kills.
A carry scored the sideout but a bad serve gave Prairie the serve right back.
Bridget Enneking served an ace but then missed a serve to make it 23-23.
Schaeffer scored a kill to put Prairie ahead and then scored the game-winning kill with Arnzen serving.
Prairie couldn’t take any of that momentum into the third game though as they quickly fell behind 3-10 and 5-14, eventually losing by 10 points.
The fourth game went back and forth early on with Highland holding an 11-12 edge. Long then scored a kill to tie the game then served up 7 straight points for a 19-12 lead. She had 3 aces while Arnzen had 2 kills and Sarah Forsmann added a kill. Long even picked up a kill when her dig of a Highland spike sailed over the net and found an open spot.
Highland scored the sideout and had a 4-point run of their own to cut the lead back to 2 points.
A kill by Schaeffer put Enneking on the service line. She had an ace and scored a kill when she fisted the ball over on the second hit. Arnzen added a stuff block and a kill to give Prairie a 24-17 lead.
Highland fought off 3 game points until Arnzen scored the kill to end the game.
Game 5 went back and forth until Lindsey Crea put together a 3-point serving run that include two aces and a kill by Vanessa Sonnen. That gave Prairie a 12-9 lead.
Highland cut the lead to 12-11 but Arnzen then scored a back row kill and Sonnen served out the match with a pair of aces.
Arnzen had 15 kills in the game including a stuff while Long had 10 kills and 10 service aces. Schaeffer had 7 kills. Crea had 15 assists and Enneking had 9 assists. Sonnen had 7 service aces and added 4 kills including a stuff while Forsmann had 4 kills.
Prairie took that momentum into the Grangeville match and jumped out to a 6-2 lead and still led at 16-15 before Grangeville took control and went on to the 7-point win.
Grangeville led the entire way in the deciding game. Prairie did try to rally late after falling behind 10-18. Sonnen was able to put together a 4-point serving run with 3 aces and a kill from Forsmann to cut the lead in half. The rest of the game was all Grangeville though.
Against Grangeville Arnzen had 5 kills with Long picking up 3 kills and an assist. Sonnen had 9 service aces while Merrill had 2. Crea had 5 assists and Enneking had 4 assists.
Lady Pirates swept by Culdesac
The Prairie volleyball team ran into a tough Culdesac team and were swept 18-25, 13-25, 13-25 on the victor’s home floor Thursday, Sept. 2.
The loss drops the Pirates to 1-1 in league play.
Culdesac jumped out to a 0-4 lead in the opening game and never trailed.
Prairie was able to pull within 4-5 and within 2 points on a couple other occasions but could never get over the hump and into the lead.
Prairie actually led on a couple of occasions in the second game with their latest lead at 10-9 following an ace by Lauren Merrill.
Culdesac then stuffed a Prairie spike attempt and had 6-point serving run which included 5 aces to take control of the game.
They finished the game with a 5-point serving run.
In the final game Culdesac took an early 0-4 lead and after Prairie cut the lead to 3-4, had a 5-point serving run to take control and were never threatened the rest of the way.
Culdesac beat the Pirates with strong net play but just as much with their defense as they seemed to dig up every Prairie spike.
Briget Long had 7 kills including a stuff to lead the Pirates with Sarah Forsmann adding 5 kills and Natalie Arnzen had 4 kills including a stuff and Merrill had 3 kills and 3 aces. Lindsey Crea had 14 assists.
The JV team didn’t fare any better than the varsity as they were also swept in 3 games, 21-25, 21-25, 10-15.
The first game was close until Culdesac had 6 straight aces in a serving run that broke open a close game.
Prairie jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second game as Carolyn Sonnen had a 3-point service run after a kill by Tessica Nuxoll.
Prairie still led at 19-12 until another run of aces by Culdesac pulled the Wolves within 2 at 19-17. A 3-point run of aces tied the score at 20-20 and Culdesac then pulled away for the win.
Tabitha Seubert served Prairie to a 3-0 lead in the final game with 2 aces and a kill from Nuxoll but Culdesac then went on a 1-11 run to take control.
Kylie Uhlorn had 5 aces in a 6-point run to rally the Pirates back within 1 at 10-11 but a sideout and 3 straight aces by Culdesac ended the game in the Wolves’ favor.
Lady Pirates win 1 of 3 at Lewiston Tournament
The Prairie volleyball team won 1 of 3 matches at the Lewiston Tournament Saturday, Sept. 4.
The opened the day by defeating Clarkston 25-15, 18-25, 15-9 then lost to Moscow 12-25, 9-25 and the Lewiston JV 14-25, 17-25.
Moscow went on to lose to St. Maries in the championship match while the Lewiston JV upset the Lewiston varsity to take third in the tournament.
Prairie was down to just 7 players due to a royalty commitment and personal problems which forced two players who previously just played back row to play full rotation. Bridget Enneking and Lauren Merrill both stepped up with solid play in the opening match against Clarkston.
Briget Long helped Prairie take an early lead in the first game with a 4-point run that included 2 aces and a kill each by Enneking and Natalie Arnzen.
Merrill later had 2 aces that gave prairie an 11-5 lead.
At 15-10 Vanessa Sonnen served 4 straight points including 3 aces and a kill by Long for a 19-10 Prairie lead.
From there Prairie held off Clarkston for the first game victory.
In the second game Clarkston jumped out to leads of 0-3 and 3-7 and never trailed although Prairie managed to stay with 4-5 points until the very end.
Prairie rallied in the third game though as Sonnen served up 3 more aces and Enneking added a kill as prairie took a 6-1 lead.
Prairie played tough defense the rest of the game as they kept Clarkston from scoring more than 1 point on serve as they sided out well to win the match.
In the match against Moscow, Prairie was never in it as the Moscow hitters dominated at the net and their defense allowed very few service points.
Sonnen served 2 aces back-to-back early in the first game and that was the longest service run of the match for Prairie.
In the match against the Lewiston JV Prairie had a chance to advance to the championship bracket with a win or even with a loss if they extended the match to 3 games.
It wasn’t to be though as Prairie apparently carried the thumping from Moscow into their match with Lewiston and fell behind early and never led in the first game.
The played the second game closer and led at 4-3 and gained a tie at 7-7 before Lewiston put together a 4-point run to create some space. Lewiston led the rest of the game though to eliminate the Pirates.
For the tournament Long had 16 kills and served 6 aces. Arnzen had 17 kills including 3 stuffs. Sonnen had 11 serving aces and 4 kills. Enneking had 5 kills, 4 aces and 11 assists. Crea had 12 assists. Merrill had 6 aces and 2 kills.
With the 1-2 record on the day Prairie is now 2-4 on the season.