Lady Pirates edged by Nezperce
The Prairie Lady Pirates were edged by Nezperce in 5 games in their first home volleyball match of the season Tuesday, Sept. 2. Scores were 29-27, 23-25, 19-25, 25-22, 11-15.Brianne Stubbers, normally a setter, gets a chance to spike the ball. Also shown are Kayla Johnson, 10, and Jennifer Enneking.
The game is non-league as Nezperce is now in 1-A Division 2 along with Highland, Culdesac and Summit.
Prairie jumped out to 4-0 and 14-4 leads in the opening game only to see Nezperce come back to take a 15-17 lead.
At 18-20 Nezperce missed a serve to put Brianne Stubbers on the service line. 2 aces by Stubbers and a pair of kills by Kayla Johnson made it 23-20 before Nezperce scored the sideout.
The Indians came back to tie the score at 23 before Kayla scored another kill to put Prairie at game point. 
Prairie had game point opportunities at 25-24 and 26-25 but Nezperce fought each one off before getting their own chance at game point at 26-27.
A kill by Chelsea Long tied the score at 27 and Leora Laurino served up a pair of aces to give Prairie a 29-27 win.
In the second game Prairie again jumped out to a n early lead thanks to an 8-point service run by Casey Bruegeman which included 5 aces and gave Prairie an 11-3 lead. Scoring kills in the run were Jennifer Enneking and Sam Frei and Kayla Johnson stuffed a Nezperce spike.
Stubbers added a 4-point run which included 3 aces and put Prairie up 16-6.
At that pointed Nezperce started their comeback , finally catching Prairie and tying it at 22.
A kill by Laurino put Prairie back on top but a missed served followed by a pair of points by Nezperce gave the Indians a 23-25 win.
In the third game the two teams played pretty much even until very late in the game. The score was 16-17 when Nezperce started to take control and wound up winning by 6 at 19-25.
The fourth game was another tight game where the final score was the biggest margin in the game by either side.
Neither team could gain much of an advantage and the score was tied 13 times, the last time at 22-22 after a missed serve by Nezperce scored a sideout.
Prairie took back the lead on a kill by Laurino and Enneking followed with an ace. Enneking then set up Laurino for the game winning kill to tie the match at 2 games apiece.
Unfortunately Prairie couldn’t take that momentum into the final game as Nezperce jumped out to a 0-8 lead.
Four aces in a row from Stubbers helped Prairie cut the lead to 4 at 7-11 but Nezperce was able to hold on for the 11-15 win to take the match.
Long led the team in kills with 12, including a stuff block. Frei and Laurino each had 10 kills while Laurino also added 7 aces and 4 assists. Kaylee Uhlenkott added 9 kills and 3 aces. Kayla Johnson had 7 kills including a stuff block while Sam Johnson had 6 kills including a stuff.
Stubbers served up 13 aces and 17 overall service points and had 14 assists while Enneking had 24 assists and 2 aces.
Bruegeman had 5 aces and 10 overall service points.
In the JV match Prairie lost to Nezperce 16-25, 11-25, 15-10.
In the first game Nezperce got a 7 point service run, all of which were aces, to break open a close game and take a 6-12 lead.
Prairie was able to get back within 3 at 10-13 but Nezperce then pulled away for the 9 point win.
In the second game Megan Sigler served 2 aces to give Prairie a 2-0 lead but a 6-point service run by Nezperce put them in control again. 
Sam Poxleitner served a pair of aces to get Prairie within 6 at 10-16 but Nezperce scored 9 of the final 10 points to clinch the match.
In the third game Sigler got Prairie off to a strong start with 7 straight service points. MaKayla Schaeffer dominated at the net during the run with 4 kills plus a stuff. Shelby Duman and Haleigh Schmidt added a kill each. 
After a sideout, Schaeffer scored a kill to put Duman on the service line. Meaghan Bruner scored a dill and Duman followed with 2 aces for an 11-1 lead. 
Nezperce fought back to within 3 at 13-10 but a missed serve followed by an ace by Bruner allowed the Pirates to win the game.

Lady Pirates gain first win
In a varsity only 3-way match the Prairie Lady Pirates got swept by Kamiah then picked up their first win of the season by sweeping Kendrick in their White Pine League opener.
TChelsea Long spikes the ball against Kamiah.hey lost to Kamiah 20-25, 15-25, 12-25 then beat Kendrick 25-18, 25-17, 25-15.
In the match against Kamiah, Prairie never led in the opening game but, trailing at one point by 8 at 10-18. They wiped out most of that deficit on a 5 point scoring run with Casey Bruegeman serving. Bruegeman had 1 ace while Kaylee Uhlenkott had 2 kills and Kayla Johnson and Jennifer Enneking had 1 each as Prairie cut the lead to 15-18.
They were able to narrow the gap to 2 points on 4 different occasions but couldn’t get any closer.
In the second game Prairie fell behind 0-4 to start the game but took the lead at 8-5 on a 6 point service run by Bruegeman. She had 2 aces while Uhlenkott scored 2 kills and Kayla Johnson scored a kill and stuffed a Kamiah spike attempt.
Kamiah took the lead right back though and never gave it up as they rolled to a 10-point win.
Prairie never led in the third game and after a 5-point run and later a 6 point run put the game well into Kamiah’s favor.
Kaylee Uhlenkott and Kayla Johnson each had 9 kills in the match with 2 of Kayla’s coming by way of stuff blocks.
Chelsea Long added 6 kills, one on a stuff and Leora Laurino had 3 kills.
Jennifer Enneking had 13 assists while Brianne Stubbers had 9 assists and 2 ace services. Bruegeman had 3 aces and 10 total service points.
In their first league match of the season Prairie picked up their first win, a 3-game sweep of a very young Kendrick team.Kayla Johnson is about to block this Kamiah spike attempt.
Bruegeman kept up her hot serving as she broke open a 4-3 game with an 11-point run which included 5 aces. Uhlenkott had 4 kills while Stubbers and Kayla Johnson had 1 kill each in the run.
Kendrick was able to pull with 5 points but Prairie was able to hold them off to win the first game by 7.
Kendrick got the jump on Prairie in the second game, taking 0-4 and 2-9 leads.
Long got Prairie started on a comeback with a 4-point service run which included 2 aces and a kill by Kayla Johnson.
An ace by Stubbers and 3 aces by Uhlenkott allowed Prairie to take their first lead at 13-12.
At 17-15 Enneking went to the service line and served 6 straight points to put Prairie in control. She had 3 aces while Laurino had 2 kills and Sam Frei also had a kill.
Prairie then held on for the 8 point win.
In the third game the score stayed tight until Enneking put together a service run. Prairie led just 12-11 when Laurino scored a kill for a sideout to put Enneking at the service line. 5 serves later Prairie led 18-11 with Enneking scoring 2 aces while Long had 2 kills and Frei added a kill.
Stubbers finished off the Tigers with a 3-point service run which included 2 aces plus a kill by Sam Johnson.
Uhlenkott had a big match with 14 kills and added 3 aces. Long had 9 kills and 2 aces. Laurino had 6 kills and 4 aces and Kayla Johnson also had 6 kills. Sam Johnson and Sam Frei each had 4 kills. Enneking had 25 assists and 5 aces with 14 total service points. Stubbers had 10 assists and 5 aces. Bruegeman had 5 aces among her 12 service points.
The split gives Prairie a 1-3 record on the season but a 1-0 league record.

Prairie wins 2 of 3 matches at Kendrick Tournament
The Prairie Lady Pirates won 2 of 3 matches at the Kendrick Kickoff Classic Tournament at the Juliaetta grade school Saturday, Sept. 6.
They won in straight set over C.V. and Kendrick before being swept by Kamiah. They beat C.V. 21-7, 22-20, 15-9; beat Kendrick 21-11, 21-18, 16-14, and lost to Kamiah 4-21, 18-21, 10-15.
Casey Bruegeman spikes the ball during the Kendrick Tournament.They opened against C.V. and Casey Bruegeman served 5 straight points including 3 aces to push Prairie to a 10-4 lead.
With the lead at 14-6, Kaylee Uhlenkott took over at the service line and served out the game with a 7 point run which included 4 aces. Leora Laurino picked up a pair of kills and Sam Johnson added a kill as well.
In the second game Prairie trailed most of the way in a close but rallied at the end to pull it out. Brianne Stubbers served 3 aces in a row late in the game to get Prairie to game point at 20-18 but C.V. fought that off and then tied the score with an ace of their own. Kayla Johnson scored a kill to the sideline that just barely stayed in and Uhlenkott then served up an ace for the game winner.
Since floor time was more important than who win in this early season tournament, everybody played the third game whether the match was decided by then or not. In the third game Prairie jumped out to a 6-0 lead  as Laurino served a pair of aces and Chelsea Long scored a couple of kills. Prairie then cruised to the easy win.
In the match against Kendrick Laurino served 2 aces and Uhlenkott scored a kill as Prairie took a 4-1 lead.
Uhlenkott added a 5-point service run with 2 aces and 2 kills by Laurino to stretch the lead to 13-5 as Prairie rolled to a 10 point first game win.
In the second game Kendrick stayed with Prairie the whole game and led most of the way early on.
With the score tied at 10, Jennifer Enneking served up two winners with Laurino scoring a kill and Long stuffing a Kendrick spike to give Prairie the lead.
Kendrick came back to tie but a 3-point run by Laurino put Prairie on top for good. Uhlenkott scored a kill for the sideout and added 2 more kills in Laurino’s service run while Long also had a kill.
In the third game Prairie fell behind 5-11 but then bounced back.
Sam Johnson served up an ace and Kayla Johnson added a kill to cut the lead to 8-11. 
After trading several sideouts, Enneking put together 3 aces in a row and Bruegeman added a kill to put Prairie into the lead at 14-13.
After another pair of sideouts, Uhlenkott scored the game winning kill to make it 16-14.
After playing well in the first two matches, it seemed Prairie forgot how to play when they ran up against Kamiah, who had swept them at Cottonwood 2 nights earlier.
The first game was only close until Kamiah took over the serve at 4-5. The Kubs then got 16 straight points, 10 on aces as they blew out Prairie 4-21.
The second game was better as Prairie kept it close but led only once, at 3-2. They stayed within 2 to 3 points the rest of the game but couldn’t make the play they needed to tie the game when the opportunity was there.
In the final game Prairie took the early lead at 4-3 but then Kamiah took over and wound up winning by 5.
These matches did not count on Prairie’s win-loss record for the season.
Sam Johnson spikes the ball at the Kendrick Tournament.
Brianne Stubbers spikes the ball against C.V.
Sam Frei tips the ball over for a winner.

JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. 
28-Grangeville, there, 4:30, lost in 4 games
  2-Nezperce, here, lost in 5 games, story next week
  4-Kendrick/Kamiah here, V only, lost to Kamiah in 3 games, beat Kendrick in 3 games
  6-V at Kendrick Tournament, Beat C.V. and Kendrick, lost to Kamiah
  9-Timberline, there, lost in 5 games, story next week
13-JV at Jenifer Tournament
16-Lapwai/Grangeville, here, V only, 5 p.m.
17-JV at Sacajawea, 5 p.m.
18-Highland/Genesee, there, V only, 5 p.m.
20-V at Gar./Pal. Tournament
23-Culdesac, there
25-Troy, there
27-Prairie JV Tournament
30-Highland, here
  6-Kendrick, there
  7-Kamiah/Deary, there, V only, 5 p.m.
  7-JV at Jenifer, 5 p.m.
  9-Nezperce, there
14-C.V., here
18, 21, 22-District at LCSC
25-Play-in match at Potlatch
31-Nov. 1-State at Declo/Burley
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