Lady Pirates finish fourth at District
The Prairie Lady Pirates finished in 4th place at District after beating Deary and then losing to Lapwai on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at LCSCís Activity Center in Lewiston.
In a loser-out match Prairie swept Deary 25-21, 25-20, and 25-13. They followed that by facing Lapwai in the third place match and lost in 5 games 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 16-25, 10-15.Leora Laurino digs up a serve from Lapwai.
In the opening match against Deary, Prairie fell behind 0-5 to start the game but came right back on Megan Siglerís serve to take an 8-7 lead. Sigler had 3 aces to tie it and Chelsea Long scored the kill to give Prairie the lead. Sigler got a lot of playing time as the second setter as Jennifer Enneking injured her arm in the Genesee match the previous Saturday and was unable to play.
Prairie managed to take a 3-point lead at 13-10 after 2 aces by Brianne Stubbers and made it a 4-point lead at 17-13 after an ace by Casey Bruegeman and a kill by Sam Johnson.
Deary came back to take the lead at 19-20.
A missed serve tied it and put Long on the service line. A kill each by Kayla Johnson and Kaylee Uhlenkott made it 22-20. 
Deary then scored the sideout but gave the serve right back by serving into the net.
Stubbers served an ace and a kill by Kayla Johnson ended the game.
Prairie trailed most of the second game as they led at 1-0 and 5-4 but saw Deary come right back and take the lead each time. 
Deary still led at 15-17 when Stubbers scored a kill to put Uhlenkott on the service line. Uhlenkott then had one of her best serving runs of the year as she served up an ace to tie the score and then served for 4 more Prairie points. Kayla Johnson, Francesca Johnson and Sam Johnson each scored a kill and Uhlenkott got a back row kill digging a spike to give Prairie a 21-17 lead.
Deary got back within 2 at 21-19 but a kill by Sam Johnson and an ace from Bruegeman put the lead back at 4. A trade of sideouts made it 24-20 and Sigler served up an ace for the game-winner.
Prairie led all the way in the third game as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead and steadily built on the lead throughout the game despite not having any big serving runs until late.
Stubbers had a 3-point run with 2 aces plus a kill by Kayla Johnson.
Long had the only longer run as she finished out the match. A kill by Uhlenkott put her on the service line at 20-13. Long served 2 aces then Uhlenkott scored a pair of kills. Long then finished the match with an ace.
Francesca Johnson tips  the ball past a Lapwai blocker.Uhlenkott had 7 kills and 2 aces in the match while Sam Johnson had 6 kills and 2 aces. Stubbers had 15 assists, 5 kills and 7 aces. Sigler had 8 assists and 6 aces. Kayla Johnson had 6 kills including a stuff block, Francesca Johnson had 6 kills and Bruegeman had 4 aces.
The winner of the match with Lapwai got to move on to a play-off match against Lakeside on Saturday with the winner of that match advancing to the state tournament.
Prairie struggled early in the match as the most of their early points came when Lapwai would miss a serve. Consequently they were never really in the first game as Lapwai rolled to the 8-point win.
The second game didnít start much better as they fell behind early. They came back to tie it though on an ace from Sigler and a dig kill by Leora Laurino.
Lapwai came back for a 5-8 lead but Prairie took the lead on Sam Johnsonís serve. Johnson served 4 straight points as Uhlenkott and Long each scored 2 kills to give Prairie a 10-8 lead.
Lapwai came right back to retake the lead but the game stayed close until late.
Lapwai was ahead 20-22 when Uhlenkott scored a kill for the sideout.
With Stubbers serving Kayla Johnson scored the kill to tie the game. Laurino then set up the go-ahead point by digging up a Lapwai spike. Her pass went to Stubbers who set up Uhlenkott for the kill. Stubbers then served 2 straight aces to end the game and tie the match at a game each. It was Prairieís first win against Lapwai who had swept them in their league match.
In the third game Uhlenkottís serving gave Prairie the early lead. She had 4 aces and Laurino picked up a back row kill as Prairie took a 7-2 lead. Prairie never trailed the rest of the game although Lapwai was able to close within 2 points at 10-8.
Stubbers and Uhlenkott each had 3-point service runs with 2 aces each to help Prairie build the lead to 22-11 at one point.
An ace by Bruegeman got Prairie to game point but Lapwai then sided out and scored 4 more points before Longís kill ended it.
Prairie now had a 2 games to 1 lead and needed to win just one more but couldnít close the deal.
In the fourth game Prairie took a 9-6 lead after 3 straight service points by Long that included an ace and two kills by Kayla Johnson.
Lapwai came back with a big service run that put them in control. They turned that 3-point deficit into a 5-point lead on their way to a 9-point win.
In the deciding game Prairie quickly fell behind 0-4.
They trailed 4-10 when Lapwai missed a serve.
A kill each by Uhlenkott and Long on Sam Johnsonís serve cut the lead to 7-10.
After a sideout, Long scored a kill for the side out and a kill by Uhlenkott and an ace by Long cut the lead to 10-11.
A missed serve gave Lapwai back the serve and they never gave it back as they won the game and the match.
Kayla Johnson had 15 kills in the match while Uhlenkott had 11 kills and 8 aces. 
Long had 11 kills including a stuff and 3 aces. Francesca Johnson had 7 kills while Sam Johnson had 5 kills.
Stubbers had 23 assists, 2 kills and 5 aces while Sigler had 19 assists and 2 aces.
Laurino had 2 kills from the back row and a ton of digs to keep points alive. Prairieís play suffered when she injured her knee early in the fifth game and was unable to return.
Prairie ends the season at 9-12.
Brianne Stubbers spikes the ball against Deary.
Kaylee Uhlenkott goes high for a kill.
Kaylee Uhlenkott pounds the ball past a Deary blocker.
Megan Sigler sets the ball. In front of her is Chelsea Long while behind her is Brianne Stubbers.

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
16-Lapwai/Grangeville, here, V only, 5 p.m., Lost in 3 games to Lapwai, lost in 4 games to Grangeville.
18-Highland/Genesee, there, V only, 5 p.m, Beat Highland in 3 games, lost to Genesee in 3 games.
20-V at Gar./Pal. Tournament - Not cancelled - Prairie wins 1 of 8 games played
23-Culdesac, there, won in 5 games.
25-Troy, there, Lost in 3 games
30-Highland, here, won in 4 games
  6-Kendrick, there, won in 3 games
  7-Kamiah/Deary, there, V only, 5 p.m., Beat Deary in 3 games, lost to Kamiah in 3 games
  9-Nezperce, there, lost in 3 games
14-C.V., here, won in 5 games, story next week
18-District at LCSC, Beat Timberline in 4 games, lost to Genesee in 3 games.
21-District at LCSC, Beat Deary in 3 games, lost to Lapwai in 5 games, season over.
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