Pirates beat Culdesac in 5 games
The Prairie Lady Pirates picked up their third win of the season as they won a tough 5-game league match against Culdesac Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Cottonwood. Scores were 20-25, 25-21, 14-25, 25-13, 18-16.
In the opening game Prairie led only 3 times, at 1-0, 5-4 and 6-5.
Although Culdesac never lead by more than 6 points, they never gave back the lead either after taking it at 6-7.
Prairie fell behind early in the second game 1-5 and 2-7 but managed to fight their way back.
Tiffany Schaeffer gave Prairie their first lead of the game with an ace to make it 15-14. Culdesac sided out to tie it but then served into the net to give Prairie back the lead. Prairie led the rest of the game thanks to an ace by Chantel Boniecki on the next serve. She and Tiffany Schaeffer later added a kill each to give Prairie a 23-19 lead.
After a trade of missed serves, Tiffany Schaeffer stuffed a Culdesac spike attempt to end the game.
In game 3 Culdesac got 7 aces from Jamie Zenner in an 8-point service run that turned a 2-4 Prairie deficit into a 2-12 deficit.
Prairie wasnít able to cut into that deficit as Culdesac wound up winning the game by 11 points.
The fourth game started differently as Brooke Holthaus scored a kill digging Culdesacís opening serve and then served up 3 straight aces for a 4-0 Prairie lead.
Kim Schaeffer served up 3 straight points on an ace, a stuff by Tiffany Schaeffer and a kill by Chelsea Long that made it 8-2.
Two more kills by Tiffany Schaeffer helped Prairie expand the lead to 11-4.
Prairie then got two straight aces in an unusual way. Tiffany Schaeffer served up an ace but then Prairie asked for a rotation check and it was discovered Sam Frei was supposed to be serving. Since the referees didnít catch it, it didnít cost Prairie a point. Frei then served an ace of her own to make it 14-5.
Culdesac was able to trim the lead to 6 at 19-13 but a kill by Long put Kim Schaeffer on the service line.
Culdesac never got the serve back as Tiffany Schaeffer scored a pair of kills and Kim Schaeffer served up 3 aces in a game ending 6-point run.
Alli Holthaus got the fifth and deciding game off to a good start with a 3-point run. Long, Kim Schaeffer and Brooke Holthaus each picked up a kill as Prairie took a 3-0 lead.
The momentum didnít stay with Prairie long though as Culdesac came right back to tie the score at 3 and eventually took a 7-12 lead.
A stuff by Tiffany Schaeffer, a kill by Boniecki and an ace by Frei cut the lead to 10-12.
After Frei missed a serve, Prairie got it right back on another kill by Tiffany Schaeffer. Kim Schaeffer added a kill to cut the lead to 1 at 12-13.
A trade of sideouts put Alli Holthaus back on the service line.
Kim Schaeffer scored a kill to tie the game at 14 and Brooke Holthaus scored a back row kill to give Prairie a 15-14 lead.
A misplay allowed Culdesac to tie the score and a pair of re-serves followed before Long scored a kill to give Prairie a 16-15 lead.
Culdesac fought off another match point with a kill of their own but Alli Holthaus gave Prairie another match-point chance when she tipped the ball over on the second hit.
Frei then scored the match-winning kill on a set from Alli.
Tiffany Schaeffer had 19 kills in the match including 6 stuff blocks. She also had 2 aces. Kim Schaeffer had 9 kills including a stuff and had 6 aces. Long had 10 kills while Brooke Holthaus had 7 kills and 7 aces. Frei had 6 kills and 2 aces while Kaylee Uhlenkott and Boniecki each had 4 kills and an ace. Alli Holthuas hd 26 assists and 2 kills while Brianne Stubbers had 11 assists and a kill.
With the win Prairie improves to 2-2 in league play and 3-5 overall.
The JV team also won their match 25-8, 25-20, 11-15.
In the opening game Prairie never trailed but it was still fairly close at 9-6 when Culdesac missed a serve to put Francesca Johnson on the service line. Francesca served up 14 straight winners including 8 aces to get Prairie to game point. During the run Jennifer Enneking scored a pair of kills as did Shelby Duman while Kayla Johnson and Amber Frei each added a kill.
Down 24-6, Culdesac finally ended the run with a kill but after an ace from their side, they hit a spike into the net for the game-winning point.
Enneking got Prairie off to a good start in the second game with 3 aces in a 4-point service run.
After Culdesac closed within 2 points at 6-4, Frei had 3 straight aces to again push up the lead.
From there the game went back and forth with the lead shifting from 2 to 5 points until Culdesac finally pulled within 1 at 18-17.
At that point Gina Seubertís dig wound up going over the net for a kill and Frei was back on the service line. Two kills by Francesca Johnson and an ace by Frei had the lead back at 5 points which wound up being the final margin.
The anticlimactic third game saw Culdesac taking their only leads of the match as they wound up winning.
Lady Pirates swept by Troy
Prairieís Lady Pirates were swept by the Troy Trojans in a White Pine League volleyball match Thursday, Sept. 20 at Cottonwood.
Scores were 12-25, 19-25, 13-25.
The loss drops Prairie to 2-3 in league play and 3-6 overall.
The JV team also lost in 3 close games, 25-27, 23-25, 13-15.
Lady Pirates compete at Gar-Pal Tournament
The Lady Pirates volleyball team competed in the Garfield-Palouse Tournament Saturday, Sept. 23 at Palouse, Wash. but didnít fare very well, losing all of their matches.
In pool play they opened against Potlatch and lost 11-25, 20-25. They next played Nezperce and lost 18-25, 21-25. In their third match against eventual champion Garfield-Palouse they lost 10-25, 22-25. Finally in crossover play they lost a play-in match against Kendrick 17-25, 25-19, 9-15.
In their opening game against Potlatch they played like they werenít awake yet as they fell behind 2-11 and 5-19 and were never really in the game.
In the second game they fell behind 1-6 but then came back to make a game of it. They still trailed at 10-16 when Tiffany Schaeffer scored a kill to put Brooke Holthaus at the service line. Four aces by Brooke along with a kill by Kaylee Uhlenkott and a stuff block by Tiffany Schaeffer and Prairie had their first lead of the day at 17-16.
Potlatch then took back the lead although Prairie tied it at 18 on a kill by Chelsea Long.
Potlatch scored the sideout then got a 5-point service run to get to match point. Prairie fought off two match points before Potlatch scored a kill for the win.
In the second match against Nezperce, Prairie again started slowly as they fell behind 3-10.
Alli Holthaus scored and kill for a sideout and Tiffany Schaeffer served up 2 aces followed by a kill by Uhlenkott that cut the lead to 7-10 but that was as close as Prairie would get.
In the second game they fell behind 0-3 but came back to tie the game at 8 after a pair of aces by Uhlenkott.
They stayed close the rest of the game but couldnít ever get into the lead.
In their final pool match they faced eventual champion Garfield-Palouse, who had clobbered Potlatch right after Potlatch had beaten Prairie.
Surprisingly Prairie jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a kill by Chantel Boniecki, an ace by Brooke Holthaus and a stuff block by Tiffany Schaeffer.
Prairie stayed with the Vikings until a kill by Sam Frei made it 7-10. Prairie then missed a serve and Gar-Pal went on an 8-point serving run to blow the game open on their way to a 15-point win.
Prairie came right back in the second game though and took the early lead again at 4-1.
This time Prairie managed to stay in the lead until very late in the game, leading by as many as 6 points at 15-9 after Alli Holthaus had served up 3 straight aces.
It still looked like Prairie might pull off the upset when Tiffany Schaeffer scored a kill down the line to make it 22-19 but that was it for the Pirates.
Gar-Pal scored the sideout and then got a 5-point service run to finish off the match.
In their final match of the day they faced Kendrick and got off to a slow start, quickly falling behind 1-9. They never got any closer than 4 points the rest of the game.
In the second game they got off to a good start as Tiffany Schaeffer scored the game-opening kill. After a sideout, Tiffany scored 3 more kills and Brooke Holthaus added 2 aces as Prairie took a 6-1 lead.
Kendrick came back with a 5-point service run which included 4 aces to take the lead at 11-13 but Alli Holthaus answered with a big service run to put Prairie in control.
Brianne Stubbers scored a kill to make it 15-14 and put Alli on the service line. Alli served up 4 aces with Frei scoring 2 kills, Long 1 kill and Tiffany Schaeffer a stuff block as Prairie took a 23-14 lead.
Kendrick answered with 5 straight points but a kill by Long ended the run and Uhlenkott scored the game-ending kill.
Prairie took a 2-0 lead in the deciding game but service runs of 3 and 4 points put Kendrick into a 3-9 lead.
Prairie cut the lead to 6-9 on a sideout and a kill each by Alli Holthaus and Uhlenkott but that was as close as they could get as Kendrick went on to win by 6.
For the day Alli Holthaus had 47 assists, 10 aces and 7 kills. Tiffany Schaeffer had 20 kills, including 3 stuffs, and 7 aces. Uhlenkott had 17 kills and 3 aces. Brooke Holthaus had 8 kills and 13 aces. Long had 12 kills including a stuff, Frei had 10 kills and Kim Schaeffer had 6 kills, 3 aces and 5 assists. Stubbers added 9 assists and Boniecki had 3 kills.
Girls Basketball meeting set
There will be a Prairie High School girls basketball meeting next Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.
All players and their parents are urged to attend.
PIRATES GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2007
28-lost in 3 games at C.V.*
30-lost in 3 games at home to Nezperce
10-lost in 3 games at Grangeville
11-lost in 4 games at Lapwai*
13-won in 4 games over Highland
17-lost in 3 games at Kamiah
2-Deary, here*; C at Jenifer, 5 p.m.
11, 13, 20-District at Lewiston
25-26-27-State at Lewiston
*indicates league match