Pirates lose twice
The Prairie Lady Pirates lost both ends of a league doubleheader Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Cottonwood. They were beaten by Deary 25-22, 17-25, 22-25, 18-25 and then lost to Culdesac 27-25, 21-25, 22-25, 25-18, 10-15.
In the opening game against Deary Prairie took a 9-6 lead only to have Deary come back to take the lead at 12-16.
A sideout and a 4-point serving run by Sarah Forsmann, which included 2 aces and 2 kills by Tiffany Schaeffer, put Prairie back on top at 17-16.
The lead changed hands several more times with Deary holding their final lead at 20-21.
Bridget Enneking scored a kill to put Tiffany Schaeffer at the service line. After an ace and a block by Ashley Schaeffer Prairie led 23-21.
After a pair of sideouts, Ashley Schaeffer scored the game winning kill.
In the second game Prairie took the early lead at 4-2 but their last lead came at 6-5.
Deary took the lead then took control as they built the lead to as many as 8 and wound up winning by that margin.
Deary took the early lead in the third game at 6-10 but Prairie fought back to tie the game at 13-13 and finally took their first lead since 1-0 at 17-16 on a stuff block by Ashley Schaeffer.
They briefly held the lead at 19-18 and 20-19 but then Deary took control and went on to win by 3.
In the final game Prairie took a 1-0 lead on an ace by Lindsey Crea but that was their only lead of the game as Deary scored the next 4 points and controlled the rest of the game. Prairie was never able to score more than 2 points in a row until the very end when they held off 4 straight match points before succumbing.
Deary led 14-24 when Natalie Arnzen scored a kill and went to the service line. She served an ace, Tiffany Schaeffer scored a stuff and Enneking scored a kill but Prairie was called for being in the net to end the match.
Ashley Schaeffer had 17 kills including 3 stuffs as well as 4 aces in the match. Arnzen added 15 kills and 3 aces. Tiffany Schaeffer had 11 kills including 2 stuffs plus 3 aces. Enneking had 5 kills and Schumacher had 4 kills. Crea had 36 assists.
In the first game against Culdesac Prairie quickly fell behind 0-3 but came back to eventually take the lead 7-6 on a pair of aces by Carolyn Sonnen.
Culdesac took back the lead at 7-8 but a kill by Enneking and a 4 point serving run by Arnzen put Prairie up 12-8. Arnzen had 1 ace while Sarah Forsmann, Tiffany Schaeffer and Enneking each had a kill.
Prairie led by as many as 6 at 17-11 only to have Culdesac come back to tie the game at 22 and then take the lead at 22-24.
Forsmann scored a sideout with as she dug a serve back over the net for a kill.
Tiffany Forsmann then served 2 aces to make it 25-24 but a foul tied the score.
A kill by Enneking and an ace by Crea ended the game in Prairie’s favor.
In the second game Prairie took a 14-7 lead on the strength of 4 aces by Arnzen and 3 more by Tiffany Schaeffer.
Culdesac then started cutting into the lead and after a 4-point service run, took over the lead at 18-19.
A stuff by Ashley Schaeffer tied the score and a kill by Kylie Uhlorn put Prairie ahead 20-19 but that was Prairie’s last lead of the game.
Culdesac finished the game with 3 straight aces.
In the third game Culdesac took the lead right at the start and never trailed.
Prairie was able to tie the score at 9 and again at 11 but Culdesac then took the lead for good.
In the fourth game Prairie took control with a big serving run from Arnzen. She took over at 6-6 and served 6 straight points including 3 aces. Tiffany Schaeffer and Forsmann each scored a kill and Arnzen picked up a kill when her dig of a spike went back over the net for a point.
Culdesac never got any closer than 4 points the rest of the game.
Arnzen got to finish the game off when her serving turn came up again as she served 2 aces for the final points.
Prairie was unable to take that momentum into the final game though as Culdesac quickly took a 0-5 lead and were really never headed in the final game.
It’s possible the tough 5-game match against Grangeville the night before may have contributed to Prairie’s struggles in these matches as they didn’t seem as sharp as they had in the previous matches against Highland and Kendrick.
Tiffany Schaeffer had 13 kills, including 2 stuffs, and 7 aces while Arnzen had 8 kills and 14 aces. Enneking had 10 kills and 4 aces and Schumacher had 9 kills. Forsmann had 6 kills and Ashley Schaeffer had 6 kills including a stuff. Sonnen had 23 assists and 3 aces and Crea had 15 assists and 4 aces.
The JV team had just a single match against Culdesac and they won 25-11, 25-17, 10-15.
Brooke Holthaus got Prairie off to a strong start with 3 straight aces for a 4-0 lead.
Prairie steadily built their lead as they’d score 2 points to 1 for the Wolves.
The second game was much closer as Culdesac was able to take the lead at 7-9 but Prairie came back with a 4 point run by Sarah Arnzen which included 3 aces, to take the lead at 12-10.
Culdesac took back the lead at 14-16 but a kill by Chelsea Long put Kim Schaeffer on the service line. An ace by Schaeffer, 2 more kills by Long and a kill by Tessica Nuxoll put Prairie ahead 19-16.
After a pair of side outs Gina Holthaus served out the game with 4 aces and a kill from Arnzen.
With the match clinched, Prairie’s intensity dropped considerably in the third game as Culdesac led most of the way and eventually won by 5.
Lady Pirates win at Timberline
The Prairie Lady Pirates got back on the winning track with a 24-26, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20 league win at Timberline Thursday, Sept. 15.
Prairie started the match like they were going to continue their struggle from Tuesday as Timberline built a 7-13 lead.
The margin stayed at 5-6 points until Ashley Schaeffer put together a 5-point service run that put Prairie into the lead. She had 3 aces while Tiffany Schaeffer stuffed a Timberline spike and Natalie Arnzen added a kill.
The game went back and forth until it was tied at 23. Timberline then scored a kill to set up a game point but Randi Schumacher scored a kill to stave off the first game point.
Prairie missed their serve though and Timberline followed with an ace to win the first game.
The second game started out like it was going to be a repeat of the first until it was 8-7. At that point Sarah Forsmann scored a kill and Tiffany Schaeffer followed with a 5-point service run.
She had 3 aces and Bridget Enneking and Sarah Forsmann each had a kill as Prairie built a 14-7 lead.
The play was pretty much even the rest of the game as Prairie outscored Timberline 11-8 the rest of the way. The difference was a 3-point service run by Carolyn Sonnen who had 2 aces with Arnzen scoring a kill for the other point.
In the third game Enneking had a big early service run. Ashley Schaeffer scored a kill for a sideout and a 1-0 lead then Enneking served 3 straight aces and Tiffany Schaeffer and Arnzen each added a kill for a 6-0 Prairie lead.
The lead stayed at around 4 to 6 points until Tiffany Schaeffer had a 6-point run that stretched the lead to 18-6. She had 3 aces while Enneking added 3 kills.
Timberline managed to trim the lead to 6 but couldn’t get any closer.
In the final game Timberline had a 5-6 lead early but a kill by Schumacher followed by a 5-point run by Sonnen put Prairie in control. Sonnen had 3 aces while Tiffany Schaeffer had 2 kills as Prairie took an 11-6 lead.
Prairie managed to maintain their margin as most of the scoring the rest of the way came on sideouts.
Arnzen had 14 kills and 4 aces while Enneking had 13 kills and 5 aces. Tiffany Schaeffer had 13 kills including 2 stuffs and 6 aces. Ashley Schaeffer had 11 kills and 7 aces. Schumacher had 8 kills. Lindsey Crea had 28 assists and Carolyn Sonnen had 14 assists and 5 aces.
With the win Prairie improves to 3-3 in league play and 4-7 overall.
The JV team recorded a 3-game sweep at Timberline, 25-22, 25-11, 15-1.
The first game was a battle as neither team could take much of an advantage. Timberline took a lead late at 20-22 but then missed a serve.
Sarah Arnzen then put the game away at the service line with 2 aces followed by a kill by Brooke Holthaus with another ace finishing the game.
Alicia Pepper got Prairie off to a good start in the second game with 3 aces and then after Timberline tied it, Brooke Holthaus put Prairie back in control.
She served up 5 aces in a 6-point run with Chelsea Long scoring the kill for the other point as Prairie took a 10-3 lead.
Timberline closed within 10-7 but two aces by Kim Schaeffer pushed the lead back to 6.
Later Arnzen put together a 5-point service run that included 4 aces and a kill by Schaeffer that put Prairie up 22-10.
After an exchange of sideouts, Pepper served an ace and Schaeffer followed with a kill to end the game.
In the final game Brooke Holthaus and Schaeffer each had a big service run.
Tessica Nuxoll scored a kill for a game-opening sideout then Brooke served up 7 straight aces before Timberline scored the sideout.
Arnzen then scored the kill to put Schaeffer on the service line and she served out the match. She had 4 aces including the final 3 points, while Arnzen and Long each had a kill.
Lady Pirates take third at Lapwai Tournament
The Prairie Lady Pirates were the only team to win all their games in pool play but were eliminated in the semifinals at the Lapwai Volleyball Tournament Saturday, Sept. 17.
Pool play was limited to two games with Prairie beating C.V. 25-13, 25-9 and Kamiah 25-23, 25-20.
In the quarterfinals they beat Lapwai 25-14, 28-26.
In the semifinals they lost to Orofino 17-25, 28-26, 12-15.
They had also beaten Lapwai in a practice game 25-23.
In their opening match against C.V. they fell behind 1-4 and still trailed 3-6 when Carolyn Sonnen went to the service line. The next sideout didn’t come until after Prairie was ahead 14-6 as she served 11 straight points. 8 of those were aces with Natalie Arnzen and Randi Schumacher scoring kills and Tiffany Schaeffer stuffed a C.V. spike attempt.
After a pair of sideouts, Arnzen served up 3 straight aces and Kylie Uhlorn added a kill to make it 19-7.
C.V. had a mini-run of 3 straight aces but a kill by Ashley Schaeffer ended that and Sarah Forsmann and Kylie Uhlorn then each scored a kill to end the game.
Lindsey Crea got Prairie off to a strong start in the second game with an 8-point run that included 2 aces with Ashley Schaeffer scoring 3 kills and Kylie Uhlorn adding 2 more. The other point came on a net foul as both teams were volleying the ball at the net.
Prairie held a 7-9 point edge until Tiffany Schaeffer put together a big service run.
She scored the kill for the sideout to make it 16-8 then served 7 straight points to all but put the game away. She had 4 aces with Sonnen, Ashley Schaeffer and Uhlorn each scoring a kill.
After a trade of sideouts, Ashley Schaeffer scored a kill for the game-winner.
Against Kamiah Prairie fell behind early but a 4-point run by Sonnen put them into the lead. She had 3 aces and Arnzen added a kill.
Kamiah came right back to tie it at 8 and from then on neither team led by more than 3 points in the game.
Prairie lead 22-20 late only to have Kamiah score 3 straight. A kill by Schumacher tied the game and Tiffany Schaeffer served an ace. Arnzen then scored the kill for the game winner.
The second game was also a back-and-forth affair as neither team could build more than a 3-point advantage.
Prairie led most of the way after taking the lead at 7-6 although Kamiah put together 4 straight aces at one point to take a 13-16 lead.
Prairie answered right back with a 4-point service run of their own by Crea, although all four points came on kills, 1 each by Schumacher, Crea, Forsmann and Tiffany Schaeffer.
A missed serve on each side made it 19-17. Ashley Schaeffer scored a kill and later a stuff for sideouts then served up an ace which was followed by a kill by Forsmann for a 23-19 lead.
After another trade of sideouts Sonnen served an ace for the game winner.
As champion of their pool, Prairie faced Lapwai, third place team in the other pool. All championship round matches were best 2 of 3.
Prairie started well as they scored a sideout then a kill by Arnzen was followed by 3 aces from Uhlorn for a 5-0 lead.
Prairie managed to steadily build on their lead although they couldn’t put together any service runs of more than 3 until late in the game.
Arnzen took over the serve at 20-14 and Sonnen tipped the ball over on the second hit for a kill. Arnzen then served 3 straight aces and Uhlorn ended the game with a kill.
Lapwai took the early lead in the second game and led by 7 at 5-12 at one point.
Prairie finally got it close with Ashley Schaeffer serving. She took over at 12-17 and had 2 aces and Arnzen and Tiffany Schaeffer each had a kill as they closed the margin to 1 at 16-17.
Lapwai pushed the lead back to 4 at 17-21 and then had a chance at game point at 22-24.
Forsmann scored a kill and Uhlorn followed with an ace to give Prairie a match point chance. Lapwai scored a kill but then missed a serve to give Prairie another match point opportunity.
Lapwai then stuffed a Prairie spike to tie the game at 26 but a kill be Forsmann gave Prairie another match point opportunity and this time they made it good as Forsmann served an ace.
In the semifinals they faced Orofino, who had beaten Kamiah in their quarterfinal.
The Maniacs took control early as they jumped out to 0-5, 1-8 and 3-13 leads.
Prairie started chipping away at that 10-point deficit and got it down to 1 at 17-18 before Orofino scored the sideout and then scored the last 6 points on serve.
In the second game Prairie took the early 4-1 lead but couldn’t hold it as Orofino came back to take a 9-point lead at 9-18.
Prairie cut into the lead a little until scoring the sideout at make it 14-20.
Uhlorn then had a big serving run to put Prairie into the lead. Ashley Schaeffer started it with a kill then Uhlorn served 3 straight aces. Another kill by Ashley and 2 kills by Arnzen put Prairie up 21-20.
Orofino came back to take a 22-23 lead but a kill by Tiffany Schaeffer tied it. Forsmann then served an ace for game point but Prairie missed a spike for the sideout.
A kill by Tiffany Schaeffer gave them another game point chance but former Prairie student Hanna Uhling scored a kill to tie it again.
Orofino then took the lead but Tiffany Schaeffer scored the kill then served 2 aces for a 28-26 Prairie win.
In the deciding game Crea served Prairie to a 3-0 lead with an ace a kill each by Uhlorn and Ashley Schaeffer.
Orofino came back though and took the lead for good at 7-8.
Orofino wound up facing Culdesac in the finals.
With their 1-1 record in match play in the championship rounds, Prairie is 5-8 on the season.
SCHEDULE FOR 2005
24-Prairie JV Tournament
13-Play-in games for District
27-29-State at Lewiston