Pirates split in home opener
The Prairie Lady Pirates split a pair of matches in their first home action of the season, losing a league match to Genesee while defeating C.V. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Cottonwood.
In the league match Prairie fell to Genesee 12-25, 10-25, 26-24, 25-10.
In the non-league match against C.V. Prairie lost the first game 26-28 then came back to win the best of 3 match 25-20 and 15-12.
Lady Pirates lose at Timberline
In their first league match at Timberline in several years the Prairie Lady Pirates lost in 3 games, 20-25, 20-25, 21-25 to the Spartans Thursday, Sept. 16.
In the first game the teams battled back and forth early on but Timberline took control with a 9-point serving run that gave them a 6-13 advantage.
Vanessa Sonnen served Prairie back into the game with a 4-point run which included 2 aces and a kill each by Briget Long and Ashley Schaeffer.
Timberline pushed the lead back to 8 but a 4-point run by Lauren Merrill pulled the Pirates back within 2 at 16-18. Merrill had 3 aces and Bridget Enneking picked up a kill.
That was as close as Prairie could get though as Timberline went on to win.
The second game was a battle back and forth most of the game as the lead changed hands several times.
Prairie took their final lead at 19-18 but an error tied the game and Timberline took the lead on a pair of aces.
Schaeffer scored a kill to pull Prairie back within 1 but that was Prairieís last point of the game.
In the final game coach Danette Coleman tried changing things up a little, basically switching roles for Ashley Jackson and Enneking but although it didnít hurt, it didnít seem to help much either.
Prairie led only once, at 2-1. Timberline took the lead and extended it to as many as 4 points.
Prairie fought back to tie the score at 15-15 on Lindsey Creaís ace service but Timberline took the lead right back.
Prairie managed to tie the score again at 18 on Merrillís ace but they couldnít ever get into the lead.
For the match Long had 10 kills and 3 aces while Natalie Arnzen had 7 kills and 6 aces. Schaeffer had 6 kills. Crea had 9 assists and 4 aces while Enneking had 6 assists and 2 kills and Jackson had 6 assists and 1 kill. Merrill served up 4 aces.
In the JV match Prairie lost the first game but came back to win the match 8-25, 25-13, 15-10.
The JVís struggled in the first game as Timberline jumped on them early for a 1-9 lead and never let up.
The second game was a complete turnaround.
It was close early until a 6-point serving run by Alex Chance put Prairie in control. Chance had 3 aces while Randi Schumacher had a pair of kills and Charlene Duman added another. That gave Prairie an 11-5 lead.
Timberline was able to close back within 17-13 before a missed serve put Carolyn Sonnen at the service line.
Sonnen then served out the game picking up 6 aces while Tessica Nuxoll added a kill.
In the deciding game it went back and forth early on. A kill by Nuxoll gave Prairie the lead at 7-6 and put Duman on the service line.
Another kill by Nuxoll and 2 aces by Duman gave Prairie a 10-6 lead.
After 6 straight sideouts, Kylie Uhlorn served an ace to make it 14-9. Timberline scored a sideout then Chance scored the match winning kill.