Pirates win at Highland
It was a very close, tough match through the first two games but the Prairie volleyball team wound up sweeping Highland 29-27, 25-23, 25-14 at Craigmont Thursday, Sept. 8.
Prairie trailed early on in all three games but were able to score the critical points late in the games when needed.
In the first game a kill by Randi Schumacher and two kills by Natalie Arnzen gave Prairie a 3-0 lead but Highland came back strong with 7 straight points to take the lead.
Prairie fought back to tie the game at 10, 11 and 12 before finally retaking the lead at 13-12 on a kill by Ashley Schaeffer.
An ace by Lindsey Crea made it 14-12.
Prairie extended their lead to as many as 4 points at 18-14 but then it was Highland’s turn to rally. The Huskies managed to take the lead back at 20-22.
At that point coach Danette Moea’i made some substitutions to change the court chemistry. Crea wound up the primary server from that point on and Kylie Uhlorn came off the bench to provide several big plays.
The changes worked right away as Crea set up Tiffany Schaeffer and Uhlorn for kills that tied the game and Tiffany served an ace to give Prairie the lead.
Highland managed to stave off game point at 24-23 and 25-24 to get their own chance at game point at 25-26. They missed a serve to give Prairie another chance.
Highland fought off another game point at 27-26 to again tie the game but another missed serve gave Prairie another game point chance and Schumacher served up an ace on her first serving opportunity of the year to end the game.
The second game started much like the first as Prairie jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an ace by Crea and a kill each by Ashley Schaeffer and Arnzen.
Highland then came right back to tie the game at 3-3 and then took a 5-10 lead, mostly on the strength of Spencer Thomason’s play at the net.
Highland took their biggest lead of the game at 8-14.
Schumacher scored a kill on dig of a serve and Ashley Schaeffer added a pair of kills and Tiffany Schaeffer scored an ace to cut the lead to 12-14.
The deficit stayed at 2 to 3 points until Tiffany Schaeffer scored a kill for a sideout and Schumacher followed that with an ace and Tiffany added another kill to tie the game at 19.
Highland took back the lead but a kill each by Arnzen and Tiffany Schaeffer put Prairie on top for the first time since early in the game at 21-20.
Highland tied it again but a kill each by Tiffany Schaeffer, Ashley Schaeffer and Uhlorn gave Prairie a shot at game point at 24-21.
A couple of missed spikes allowed Highland to close within 24-23 but then Uhlorn scored a kill to end the game.
In the third game Prairie took a 2-0 lead on kills by Uhlorn and Arnzen but Highland rallied to take a 4-6 lead.
The game then went back and forth with ties at 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Prairie took the lead for good on a kill by Schumacher who then went to the service line and scored an ace. Tiffany Schaeffer added a kill to make it 15-12.
The game again went back and forth for several points until Tiffany Schaeffer took over at the service line with the score at 18-14.
She served an ace then Prairie took over at the net as Ashley Schaeffer scored a kill, Uhlorn scored 2 kills and Schumacher scored a kill to make it 23-24. Tiffany Schaeffer then served 2 aces to end the match.
For the match Arnzen had 14 kills including a stuff while Tiffany Schaeffer also had 14 kills. Schumacher and Uhlorn had 10 kills each and Ashley Schaeffer had 8 kills. Tiffany Schaeffer had 5 aces while Schumacher had 3. Crea had 42 assists, 4 kills and 2 aces.
With the win Prairie is 2-1 in league play and 2-5 overall.
The JV team also pulled off a sweep as they won 25-10, 25-12, 15-12.
The first game was a battle early on as it was tied at 8-8.
Brooke Holthaus then scored a kill to put Sarah Arnzen at the serving line and Prairie took control from there. Arnzen served 5 aces and Kim Schaeffer added a kill to make it15-8.
After a missed served, Chelsea Long scored a kill from the back row and Alicia Pepper served an ace for a 17-9 lead.
After another trade of sideouts, Brooke Holthaus was able to serve out the game. She served up 5 straight aces and
Charlene Duman and Tessica Nuxoll finished up the game with a kill apiece.
Pepper served a pair of aces to start the second game.
After an exchange of sideouts, Brooke Holthaus picked up where she left off the first game by serving Prairie to a 16-1 lead. She had 11 aces in that 13 point service run with Schaeffer scoring the kills on the other two point.
Prairie coasted from there to the win.
Prairie never trailed in the final game although it stayed closer than the other two games.
Gina Holthaus got Prairie started with 3 aces.
Highland was able to pull within 1 point 3 different times but was never able to gain a tie much less take the lead.
Lady Pirates beat Grangeville
For the second time in two weeks Prairie and Grangeville played a 5-game volleyball match. This time Prairie came out on top 32-30, 9-25, 25-23, 20-25, 16-14 at Cottonwood Monday, Sept. 12.
Tiffany Schaeffer had 8 stuff blocks in the game and Lindsey Crea had 18 assists. Natalie Arnzen had 9 kills while Bridget Enneking and Kylie Uhlorn had 4 each.
With their third straight win Prairie improves to 3-5 on the season.
The JV squad also avenged a loss at Grangeville as they won 14-25, 25-22, 15-10.
SCHEDULE FOR 2005
24-Prairie JV Tournament
13-Play-in games for District
27-29-State at Lewiston