Pirates lose in 4 to Deary
The Prairie Lady Pirates lost a league match to Deary by scores of 21-25, 14-25, 25-20 and 25-27 at Cottonwood Tuesday, Oct. 2.
In the opening game Prairie gave the league co-leaders all they wanted as they kept it close throughout.
The lead changed hands 8 times with Prairie holding their final lead at 18-17 after an ace by Brooke Holthaus. Deary then scored the sideout and picked up 2 points on serve. A kill by Kim Schaeffer cut the lead to 1 at 19-20 but that was it for Prairie.
They picked up a couple more points on a kill each by Chantel Boniecki and Kaylee Uhlenkott but missed serves, a couple of aces by Deary and a couple of hitting errors by Prairie led to the Deary win.
Prairie started the second game well as Brooke Holthaus served 2 aces and Tiffany Schaeffer stuffed a spike for a 5-1 Prairie lead.
Deary took over from there though outpointing Prairie 2-12 to take a 7-13 lead.
The closest Prairie could get from then on was 4 points at 14-18 but Deary scored the sideout at that point and served out the game.
In the third game Deary looked to be headed for a sweep as they jumped out to a 0-5 lead on 4 straight aces plus a kill.
Boniecki got Prairie on the scoreboard with a kill and Sam Frei followed with 3 straights aces to cut the lead to 1.
Prairie again fell behind by 5 points but a missed serve by Deary followed by 4 straight aces by Brooke Holthaus brought Prairie back to a 12-12 tie. Brooke then missed her next serve but a kill by Frei and 2 aces by Kim Schaeffer gave Prairie their first lead of the game at 15-13.
Deary came back to tie the game at 15 and again at 16 but Prairie didnít give back the lead.
Two kills by Tiffany Schaeffer and a kill by Kim Schaeffer made it 19-16.
Deary pulled back within 1 at 20-19 but a back row spike by Tiffany Schaeffer made it 21-19.
After a missed serve again cut the lead to 1, Uhlenkott scored a kill to put Brooke Holthaus on the service line. 3 aces later Prairie had a 25-20 win.
In the fourth game, an ace each by Alli Holthaus and Frei gave Prairie a 3-1 lead.
Deary came back to take a 4-5 lead but Prairie took the lead right back on a kill by Kim Schaeffer and an ace by Brianne Stubbers. Brooke Holthaus followed with another kill for a 7-5 lead.
Deary came back to tie the game at 7 and again at 8.
A kill by Tiffany Schaeffer put Kim Schaeffer on the service line where she served up 3 aces with Frei adding a kill for a 13-8 lead.
Prairie held on to the lead until losing the serve at 22-19. Deary then got a 5-point service run to get to match point.
A kill be Frei held off match point and Alli Holthaus served up 2 aces to give Prairie a chance at game point at 25-24.
A missed spike gave Deary back the serve and they were able to score the final two points to win the match.
Brooke Holthaus had 8 kills and 13 service aces in the match. Tiffany Schaeffer had 8 kills including a stuff plus 1 ace. Frei had 7 kills and 4 aces. Uhlenkott had 7 kills and 2 aces. Kim Schaeffer had 5 kills including a stuff plus 5 aces. Alli Holthaus had 18 assists, 3 kills and 6 aces. Stubbers had 11 assists and 1 ace and Boniecki had 4 kills.
The loss drops Prairie to 3-6 in league play and 5-9 overall.
The JV team meanwhile swept their 3 games against Deary by scores of 27-25, 25-14 and 15-10.
In the opening game a 3-point service run by Kelsey Marker which included an ace and 2 kills by Samantha Johnson, helped Prairie take a 15-8 lead.
Deary then roared back though with a 1-11 run that included 6 aces to take a 16-19 lead.
Prairie came back to tie the game at 20 on a kill and then an ace by Samantha Johnson and a kill by Gina Seubert.
Prairie fell behind 20-22 and 22-24 but came back to tie the score each time.
They again fell behind 24-25 but Jennifer Enneking scored a kill to tie the score again.
With Francesca Johnson serving Amber Frei scored a kill when her dig of a spike fell in on Dearyís side of the net. A great volley followed for game point with Samantha Johnson finally ending it with a kill.
The second game started out with some terrible serving by both sides as 7 of the first 11 serves of the game went into the net. Prairie managed to take a 6-5 lead though thanks to 2 serves that did make it into play, an ace each by Enneking and Kayla Johnson.
Shelby Duman finally got the service thing going as she put four straight into play with 1 ace, 2 back row kills by Duman and another kill by Enneking for an 11-5 Prairie lead.
From there Prairie gradually pulled away for the 11-point win.
The third game started badly as Deary served up 4 straight aces for a 0-4 lead. Prairie finally returned serve and Deary got called for a net foul for the sideout.
Enneking then brought Prairie back with her own string of aces as she served up 5 straight. Samantha Johnson added a kill as Prairie took a 7-4 lead.
An ace each by Leora Laurino and Shelby Duman along with kills from Seubert, Enneking, Frei and Samantha Johnson helped Prairie to the 5-point win.
Lady Pirates lose league finale
The Prairie Lady Pirates ended their league season with a loss as they fell at Nezperce 15-25, 19-25, 25-21, 12-25 Thursday, Oct. 4.
With the loss Prairie finishes league play with a 3-7 record and are 5-10 overall.
District starts Saturday
In a departure from past years the play-in games of the District Volleyball this year will be played Saturday morning before the start of the regular bracket.
Prairie is the 8th seed and will face #9 Culdesac in a play-in match, which is set for 10:30 a.m. at the LCSC Activity Center. The other two play-in matches (#7 vs. #10 and #6 vs. #11) are set for 9 a.m.
The rest of the bracket is set to start at noon with #1 seeded Deary facing the lowest seeded play-in winner and the #4 vs. #5 game set to start at the same time.
The other half of the bracket gets underway at 1:30 p.m. with #3 seeded Nezperce facing the highest seeded play-in winner and #2 seeded Genesee facing the middle seeded play-in winner.
The tournament will continue with a pair of loser-out matches set for 3 p.m. and winners bracket matches set for 4:30 p.m.
The surviving team will go back to LCSC on Saturday, Oct. 20 for 3 loser-out matches and the championship match. The top 3 finishers all advance to the state tournament which is set for Lewiston on Oct. 25-27.
Lady Pirates swept by Grangeville
On senior night the Prairie Lady Pirates ended their regular season with a loss to Grangeville, 15-25, 19-25, 18-25 at Cottonwood Monday, Oct. 8.
Seniors Tiffany Schaeffer, Kim Schaeffer, Chantel Boniecki, Alli Holthaus and Brooke Holthaus along with statistician Christa Wilson were honored prior to the match.
As far as the volleyball goes though it was a tough night as Prairie quickly fell behind 0-8 in the first game before getting on the scoreboard with a stuff block by Tiffany Schaeffer. Brooke Holthaus served up an ace but then it was another 4 straight for Grangeville.
Prairie was down 8-22 before really getting much going. Tiffany Schaeffer scored a pair of kills and Brooke Holthaus added another ace.
After a sideout, Chelsea Long, scored a kill and Tiffany served up a pair of aces before Grangeville could put the game away.
The second game saw the Pirates dig themselves another hold right from the start as they fell behind 1-15.
A kill be Long put her on the service line and she had a 4-point service run. A stuff by Tiffany Schaeffer, a kill by Kaylee Uhlenkott and two aces cut the lead to 8-16.
After a side out, Boniecki, Brianne Stubbers and Brooke Holthaus each scored a kill to pull Prairie within 11-17.
Prairie eventually cut the margin to just 4 points after 3 straight aces by Kim Schaeffer made it 15-19 but Grangeville then scored the sideout and served up to game point.
Tiffany Schaeffer scored a kill to ward off the first game point and Alli Holthaus served to aces and Long added a kill to get Prairie to 19 before a missed served ended the game.
In the third game Prairie took their first lead of the night as a kill each by Long and Uhlenkott gave Prairie a 2-0 lead.
After Grangeville came back for a 3-4 lead, Tiffany Schaeffer pounded a spike to the back line for a kill and Brooke Holthaus and Uhlenkott each added a kill and Long served up 2 aces for a 9-4 Prairie lead.
Grangeville came back to take an 11-13 lead but the game then went back and forth for awhile as the score was tied at 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 before Grangeville pulled away at the end.
Tiffany Schaeffer had 7 kills including 2 stuffs plus 3 aces in the match. Uhlenkott had 7 kills. Long had 5 kills and 4 aces while Brooke Holthaus had 5 kills and 2 aces. Kim Schaeffer had 2 kills and 3 aces. Alli Holthaus had 11 assists, 3 kills and an ace. Stubbers had 3 assists and 2 kills.
With the loss Prairie finishes their regular season at 5-11. The information we have at press time is that Prairie will likely play Culdesac at 10:30 a.m. in a District play-in game Saturday, Oct. 13 at the LCSC Activity Center. If they win that match they would likely play the District #1 seed, either Deary, if they beat Troy Tuesday, or Genesee if Troy won.
In the JV match Prairie avenged an earlier loss with a 26-24, 25-18, 11-15 win which gives them a final season record of 12-4.
The first game was a battle as neither team could build much of an advantage. The lead changed hands 8 times before either side got to 16 points.
The final lead change came on an ace by Jennifer Enneking that put Prairie on top 15-14. She added another ace before the teams traded sideouts.
Samantha Johnson added an ace for a 3-point lead, the biggest of the game to that point.
Grangeville cut the lead to 18-17 before Kayla Johnson scored a kill to put Leora Laurino at the service line.
Laurino served two aces, Samantha Johnson scored a back row kill and Laurino served 2 more aces to get Prairie to game point. She then missed a serve and Grangeville came roaring back to tie the game at 24 before Gina Seubert broke the run with a kill.
Amber Frei then came in to serve and wound up scoring the game-winning point when her dig of a Grangeville spike wound up becoming a kill.
In the second game Prairie dominated most of the game. Frei picked up a kill to open the scoring and Enneking then went to the service line. Kayla Johnson scored a kill and then Enneking reeled off 6 straight aces for an 8-0 Prairie lead.
Prairie eventually built the lead to 13 point at 17-4 after a 4-point service run by Frei that included an ace, 2 kills by Enneking and a kill by Francesca Johnson.
Grangeville mounted a bit of a rally to cut the lead back to 8 but Prairie pushed it back to 10 a couple of times.
A kill by Seubert put Prairie at 24-15 but Grangeville fought off 3 match points before missing a serve.
In the anticlimactic third game Grangeville took a 0-2 lead and never trailed as they salvaged a win.
Spirit Night held
The Prairie High School student body held a spirit night at the final home volleyball game Monday, Oct. 8, with prizes awarded for best dressed and most spirit.
Taking first place with his red pirate bandanna and eye patch for best dressed was Carson Heath. Second place went to Gina Seubert and Kyle Holthaus took third.
First place for most spirit went to Amber Holthaus, hardly a surprise as she is the one leading most of the cheers at all home matches. Second place went to Sarah Arnzen with Rachel Kaschmitter third.
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-Lost in 4 games to Deary*
4-Lost in 4 games at Nezperce*
8-Lost in 3 games to Grangeville
13, 20-District at Lewiston-Play Culdesac in a loser-out contest at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13. Winner plays again at noon.
25-26-27-State at Lewiston
*indicates league match