Pirates lose at Grangeville
The Prairie Lady Pirates started well but Grangeville came back to win the final three games and take the season opener for both teams 25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 20-25, 13-15 at Grangeville Thursday, August 26.
Prairie started strong the first game as Ashley Schaeffer served 2 aces and Tiffany Schaeffer added 3 aces as Prairie took an 11-5 lead.
Grangeville cut the lead to 11-9 but a run of 4 straight aces by Carolyn Sonnen pushed Prairieís lead to 16-9.
Grangeville got no closer than 4 points the rest of the game.
In the second game a 6 point serving run by Ashley Schaeffer broke open a 4-4 tie. Schaeffer had 3 aces while Natalie Arnzen picked up a pair of kills and Arnzen and Tiffany Schaeffer combined on a stuff block.
Grangeville cut the lead back to 4 a couple of times but a 4-point run by Sonnen put Prairie firmly in control. In that run Ashley Schaeffer, Bridget Enneking and Sonnen each recorded a kill while Sonnen also scored an ace. Sonnenís kill came when she tipped a pass from Arnzen over the net on the second touch. Schaeffer and Sonnen each scored their kills on first hit spikes at the net.
In the third game Prairie seemed to lose a lot of intensity while Grangeville got their hitting game going. Grangeville took the lead early on and never gave it back.
Poor serving hurt the Pirates as they missed 3 of their first 4 serves in the game and couldnít score on serve until Lindsey Crea took over the serve with the Pirates trailing 10-15. Two aces, a kill by Arnzen and a stuff by Tiffany Schaeffer cut the lead to 14-15 before Grangeville sided out.
Grangeville controlled the rest of the game for the 6-point win.
In game 4 Grangeville again took control early with a 5-point run that broke open a 4-4 game. Prairie fought back within 2 points several times but could never get into the lead.
In the final game the Grangeville bookkeeper lost a point early on in the game as they had the score at 2-2 when it should have been 2-3 in Grangevilleís favor.
It didnít look like it would make a difference as Grangeville took a 3-6 lead but Prairie fought back to tie the score at 8 on a stuff block by Ashley Schaeffer. 4 straight sideouts ensued with Prairie finally taking the lead on an ace by Enneking at 11-10.
Grangeville came back to take the lead at 11-13 but Prairie answered with a kill by Arnzen and an ace by Ashley Schaeffer to tie the score at 13-13.
A missed serve coming out of a time out gave Grangeville a shot at match point.
Both teams battled on the final point with one great save after another on both sides until Grangeville prevailed to win the match.
Arnzen had 13 kills including a stuff and 5 aces. Ashley Schaeffer had 8 kills including 2 stuffs and 6 aces. Tiffany Schaeffer had 7 kills including 3 stuffs and 4 aces. Enneking had 5 kills, 3 aces and 4 assists. Sonnen had 7 assists, 2 kills and 5 aces. Lindsey Crea had 11 assists and 5 aces. Schumacher had 4 kills and Kylie Uhlorn had 3.
The JV team lost all three of their games 21-25, 21-25, 6-15.
They led early in the first game but Grangeville took the lead for good with a 4-point run that turned an 8-7 Prairie lead into an 8-11 deficit.
Prairie fell behind 13-20 before siding out. Gina Holthaus then served Prairie back into the game with 6 straight aces to tie the score at 20 before missing a serve. Grangeville then took control to win by 4.
In the second game it was a battle early on as the score was tied at 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10. Grangeville then put a 3 point run together to take the lead.
They led by as many as 5 before Prairie mounted a comeback with Alicia Pepper at the serving line. Pepper had an ace and Chelsea Long and Brooke Holthaus each scored a kill as Prairie pulled within 1 at 19-20. After a pair of sideouts, Meghan VanderPas served an ace to tie the game at 21. That was it for Prairie though as Grangeville scored the final 4 points.
Grangeville took control of the final game with a run of 4 aces in 5 serves that broke open a close game and turned it into a rout.
A bright spot for the Pirates was that the C team won all three of their game by scores of 25-21, 25-18 and 15-8.
In the opening game Prairie trailed 14-20 and came back to win it.
Lady Piratres struggle at Lewiston Tourney
The Prairie Lady Pirates struggled at the Lewiston Tournament Saturday, August 27, as they lost every game they played.
They were stuck in the tougher of the two pools as both the first and second place teams were in their pool and the other team is the favorite to win the White Pine League this year.
They lost to St. Maries 10-25, 2-25; to Moscow 7-25, 12-25 and to Genesee 10-25, 20-25.
Prairieís opening match was against St. Maries, the defending Lewiston Tournament and state 3-A champions.
Prairie never led in the game as the Lumberjacks took control from the get-go building a 1-15 lead.
Prairie scored their first kill when Carolyn Sonnen set up Sarah Forsmann but a missed serve turned the ball right back to St. Maries.
Prairie managed to score some points at the end of the game as Natalie Arnzen and Ashley Schaeffer picked up a kill each and Tiffany Schaeffer served a pair of aces.
The second game was worse as St. Maries raced to a 0-20 lead before Carolyn Sonnen set up Bridget Enneking for a kill to get Prairie on the board.
Prairie turned it right back though with a bad serve and picked up only one more point on a St. Maries hitting error.
Prairie had just 2 serves in the game, making one and missing one.
In their second match Prairie faced Moscow which later beat St. Maries for the tournament title.
Prairie stayed with the Bears through the first 5 points of the first game then Moscow reeled off 9 straight to turn a 2-3 lead into a 2-12 lead. Moscow then went on to win 7-25.
In the second game Tiffany Schaeffer passed to Forsmann for a second hit kill to open the game. Enneking then served an ace for a 2-0 Prairie lead.
Prairie led again at 3-2 on a kill by Forsmann and at 5-4 after an ace by Lindsey Crea.
With the score tied at 6, Moscow took control with a sideout followed by 6 straight service points. Prairie never got closer than 4 the rest of the game.
In their final match of the day Prairie faced league foe Genesee.
The first game stayed close until Genesee put together an 8 point service run that gave them an 8-22 lead. They went on to win by 15.
In their final game of the day Prairie put up more of a fight as they took the early lead at 4-2, fell behind 4-7 and fought back to take a 9-8 lead.
Once Genesee took the lead at 9-10, Prairie never led again but did manage to tie the score at 16 and again at 17 before losing by 5.
For the day Tiffany Schaeffer had 9 kills, 4 aces and 3 assists. Arnzen had 7 kills and 3 aces. Forsmann had 5 kills. Enneking had 3 kills, 3 aces and 2 assists. Schumacher had 3 kills and Ashley Schaeffer had 2 kills. Sonnen had 11 assists and 2 aces and Crea had 11 assists and 1 ace.
The losses give Prairie a match record of 0-4 on the season.
SCHEDULE FOR 2005
7-Jenifer, home, (JV) 5 p.m.
7-Deary/Troy, there, 5 p.m.
10-JV at Jenifer Tournament
13-Deary, here, V only, 5 p.m.; Culdesac, here, 6 p.m. JV-V
14-JV at Sacajawea, 5 p.m.
24-Prairie JV Tournament
13-Play-in games for District
27-29-State at Lewiston