Pirates win home opener
In their home opener the Prairie Lady Pirates picked up their first win of the season as they beat Timberline 25-22, 24-26, 25-23, 26-24 Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Cottonwood.
The Lady Pirates are playing at the Middle School gym while the high school gym floor is being replaced.
Prairie led most of the first game as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead with Fran Johnson serving one ace and Ashley Shumway, in her first game as Libero serving two aces.
Prairie led 15-10 when Timberline started a comeback as they scored 7 straight points to take their first lead at 15-17.
Prairie still trailed at 19-21 when Timberline missed a serve for a sideout. Casey Bruegeman then served 2 aces to give Prairie a 22-21 lead and appeared to have a third ace but Timberline’s pass went off the basketball standard and the point had to be replayed. She just missed the reserve for a sideout but Fran Johnson scored a kill to put Megan Sigler on the service line. Sammy Frei scored a kill and Sigler finished the game with an ace.
The second game was tight early on but Timberline put together a 6-point run that turned a 10-9 Prairie lead into a 10-15 deficit.
Prairie still trailed 15-19 when Timberline missed a serve. With Frei serving, Fran Johnson scored a kill and Frei followed with 4 straight aces to give Prairie a 21-19 lead. Timberline finally returned serve and scored a kill and after a trade of points, the Spartans put together 2 aces to take the lead.
Prairie came back to tie at 23 and again at 24 but Timberline then scored a sideout and got an ace to win it and even the match.
Timberline threatened to take control of the match in the third game as they built a 10-18 lead thanks in large part to a 7point service run.
Sigler scored the kill that finally broke the run and an ace by Fran Johnson and a kill by Meaghan Bruner cut the deficit to 5.
With the score at 14-19, Shumway put together a service run. Bruner scored the kill for the sideout and Prairie then got a kill each from Bruegeman and Sigler, an ace from Shumway and 2 more kills by Bruegeman to tie the game at 19.
Timberline briefly took back the lead but a kill be Bruner tied the score at 22 and a kill by Fran Johnson gave Prairie the lead.
A missed spike tied the game at 23 but Fran Johnson scored consecutive kills to give Prairie the 25-23 win.
The fourth game was close all the way with neither team leading by more than 4 points.
Timberline led early on but a kill by Frei and 2 aces by Justina Zigler gave Prairie an 8-6 lead.
Timberline took back the lead and held it until a kill for a sideout by Bruner put Shumway on the service line.
At that point Kayla Johnson caught fire at the net as she scored kills on 3 of the next four points with Shumway adding an ace as Prairie took a 16-13 lead.
A stuff block by Kayla gave prairie their biggest lead of the game at 18-14 but Timberline came back with 7 straight points to take an 18-21 lead, fueled mostly by the net play of 6’1” middle blocker Lundyn Jared.
Timberline eventually took their biggest lead of the game at 20-24 and were just a point from tying the match at 2 games apiece when they served one into the net for a sideout.
Zigler went to the service line and Frei fended off a game point by knocking down a bad Timberline pass for a kill. Frei added another kill and Zigler served an ace to tie the game at 24.
Bruegeman then knocked one down at the net on a first hit and Sigler then set up Bruegeman for the match winning kill.
For the match Bruegeman had 11 kills and 5 aces while Fran Johnson had 9 kills and 5 aces and Frei had 8 kills and 5 aces. Kayla Johnson had 7 kills including a stuff while Bruner had 4 kills and 2 aces. Shumway and Zigler had 4 aces apiece and Sigler had 28 assists, 3 kills and 2 aces.
The JV squad also picked up their first win as they beat Timberline 25-22, 25-12, 13-15.
The opening game was close all the way through with neither team leading by more than the final margin of 3 points. The score was tied 14 times, the last time at 22-22, as the defenses ruled with neither team able to do much scoring while they were serving.
Prairie’s only run of more than 2 consecutive points came at the end. Timberline served long putting Taylor Heitman at the service line. Ashley Shumway scored a kill and Heitman served two aces to end the game.
In the second game Timberline missed the opening serve and Kayla Frei served up 3 aces to give Prairie a 4-0 lead.
Shumway later scored a kill to give Prairie a 5-2 lead and put Sam Poxleitner on the service line.
Poxleitner served 5 aces while Tanna Schlader and Demetria Riener each scored a kill as Prairie took a 12-2 lead.
Timberline got no closer than 7 points the rest of the game.
With the match clinched Prairie didn’t have the same intensity in the final game as they quickly fell behind 1-5.
The were still able to come back and take a 7-6 lead as Heitman served 3 aces and Shelby VonBargen stuffed a Timberline spike attempt.
Timberline took back the lead but Prairie came back to take the lead at 12-11 on the second of 2 aces by VonBargen. Timberline scored 4 of the final 5 points though to salvage a win.
Lady Pirates drop tri-match
The Lady Pirates volleyball team lost a pair of matches to Genesee and Kamiah Thursday, Sept. 10 at Cottonwood.
The lost a league match to Genesee 12-25, 23-25, 5-25, 15-25 and lost a non-league match to Kamiah 23-25, 25-27, 5-25.
There was no JV match against Genesee as the flu bug hit Genesee last week forcing them to fill out the varsity team with JV players.
Against Kamiah the JV team lost their match.
Lady Pirates lose in 5 games at C.V.
The Prairie Lady Pirates took Clearwater Valley to 5 games before losing 25-18, 19-25, 26-24, 17-25, 9-15 at Kooskia Friday, Sept. 11.
The varsity match started an hour before the football game started and ended just before halftime of the Prairie-C.V. football game that evening.
If it had been best 2 of 3 Prairie would’ve won as they pulled the first game out with a big serving run from Sammy Frei.
Prairie trailed 16-18 when C.V. missed a serve to put Frei at the service line at 17-18.
Ashley Shumway dug up a C.V. spike with her pass finding the floor on the C.V. side for a point to start the run. Frei then served 3 straight aces. She got some help from the C.V. line judge who called her third ace in when it appeared to be out by at least a foot and a half.
A kill by Casey Bruegeman, another ace by Frei, a stuff block by Bruegeman put Prairie at game point. On game point Justina Zigler tracked down an errant pass and bumped the ball over the net for the game winner.
In the second game C.V. got the big service run as they turned a 7-2 Prairie lead into a 7-14 Prairie deficit and went on to win the game 19-25.
The third game was the only game that was close to the finish as Prairie eked out a 26-24 win to take a 2 games to 1 edge.
C.V. though came back to win the final two games and the match.
The loss dropped Prairie to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.
The JV team lost all three of their games 21-25, 18-25, 12-15.
The led early on in the opening game as Ashley Shumway served them to a 6-2 lead with 4 aces plus a kill each by Sam Poxleitner and Monica Lustig.
They held the lead until C.V. put together a 5-point service run late in the game that put them ahead 18-22.
Prairie never led in the second game but were never far behind until late when C.V. outscored them 3-9 to end the game.
In the third game Prairie took a 5-1 lead thanks to 3 straight aces by Poxleitner but like the second game, C.V. outscored them in the back end of the game to take the win.
Lady Pirates take third at Kendrick Tournament
The Prairie Lady Pirates volleyball team took third place at the Kendrick Tournament Saturday, Sept. 12, beating Asotin in their opening match then losing to Orofino and Clearwater Valley.
They beat Asotin 15-25, 25-26, 15-10. Orofino beat them 14-25, 13-25 and C.V. beat them 16-25, 22-25.
They got off to a bad start against Asotin as they quickly fell behind and never recovered as they lost the first game 15-25.
In the second game Asotin was called for a net foul to start the game and then Francesca Johnson served Prairie to a 5-0 lead. Meaghan Bruner and Kayla Johnson each scored 2 kills.
Asotin came back to take the lead at 9-11 and still lead 13-14 when Kayla Johnson scored a kill for a sideout to put Francesca Johnson back on the service line.
Fran served up 5 aces and got a kill from Bruner as Prairie took a 20-14 lead.
Asotin scored a kill for the sideout but a kill by Kayla Johnson put Ashley Shumway on the service line. Two aces later Prairie led 23-15. Asotin then got lucky as a spike hit the top of the net and rolled down on Prairie’s side but Shelby Duman scored the kill to get to game point and Francesca Johnson’s dig of an Asotin spike hit the floor on Asotin’s side for the game winner.
In the deciding third game Asotin jumped out to a 0-3 lead and still led at 5-7 when a bad serve put Casey Bruegeman on the service line. Bruegeman served up 5 straight points with Fran Johnson scoring a kill, Kayla Johnson 2 kills and then Bruegeman picked up two aces to give Prairie an 11-7 lead.
Asotin scored the sideout but consecutive kills by Francesca Johnson made it 13-8. After 3 straight sideouts left the score at 14-10, Kayla Johnson scored the kill for a sideout and the match point.
Prairie then faced a long layoff as 3 matches were played before they got on the floor again.
The long layoff seemed to hurt as they never could get into the match against Orofino quickly falling behind 2-9 in the opening game and they were unable to score on their own serve until they were down 8-19.
The second game followed a similar start as they fell behind 2-8 before Orofino missed a serve.
Justina Zigler was then able to serve 3 straight points to get Prairie within 6-8 on an ace and a kill each from Bruegeman and Bruner.
Orofino then took back control and pulled away to the 12-point win.
In the semifinal match against C.V. the Rams broke open a close first game with a 9-point scoring run that turned a 7-8 lead into a 7-17 lead.
Prairie got a 4-point run from Zigler late that cut a 10-point deficit to 6 but it wasn’t near enough. Bruegeman had 3 kills in that run while Bruner scored the other kill.
In the second game Shumway served 2 aces to give Prairie an early lead at 4-3 and a 3-point run by Francesca Johnson gave Prairie a 12-9 lead later on but C.V. took the lead for good at 16-17 and held off Prairie for the 3-point win.
For the tournament Francesca Johnson had 16 kills, 9 aces and 8 other service points. Kayla Johnson also had 16 kills. Bruner had 15 kills and 2 aces. Bruegeman had 9 kills and 3 aces. Duman had 7 kills and 4 assists. Megan Sigler had 52 assists and 3 kills. Shumway had 6 aces, 2 assists and 3 kills. Gina Seubert had 3 aces. Zigler had 2 aces and 2 assists.
Lady Pirates at Gar-Pal Tournament
The Prairie Lady Pirates will be competing at the Viking Classic Tournament at Garfield-Palouse High School this Saturday, Sept. 19.
Garfield-Palouse High School is located in Palouse, Washington, just across the border from Potlatch.
Prairie will be in Pool 1 with Gar-Pal, Potlatch, Nezperce and Colton. Their first match will be against Gar-Pal at 11 a.m.
Their second match, against Potlatch, is scheduled to start at 12:30 but could start earlier if teams are ready to play.
Prairie is set to play Nezperce at 1:30 and Colton at 3 p.m.
The 3rd, 4th and 5th place teams from each pool will face each other (3rd vs. 3rd, 4th vs. 4th, etc.) at 4:30 p.m. with the 1st place and 2nd place teams playing at 5:30 p.m.
Pool play matches will be 2 games to 25 with a cap of 25. Placement will be by won/loss with ties broken by total points first, then by coin flip.
Placement matches will be best 2 out of 3 to 25 with no points cap.
Teams in the other pool are Liberty Christian, Tekoa-Oakesdale, St. John-Endicott, LaCross-Washtucna and Dayton.
PIRATES GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2009
3-Kamiah, there, lost 0-3
4-Nezperce, there, lost 1-3
8-Timberline, here, won 3-1, details next week
10-Genesee vs. Prairie, 5 p.m.; Kamiah vs. Prairie, lost to Genesee 1-3, lost to Kamiah 0-3
11-CV, there, lost 2-3
12-Kendrick Tournament, beat Asotin 2-1, lost to Orofino 0-2, lost to C.V. 0-2, third place
17-Culdesac/Lapwai, there, 5 p.m.
19-at Gar./Pal. Tournament, TBA
24-Troy/Grangeville, here, 5 p.m.
26-Prairie JV Tournament
3-Genesee Tournament, TBA
6-JV vs. Jenifer, here
8-Nezperce/Highland, there, 5 p.m.
10-Deary/Summit, here, 11 a.m.
17, 23, 24-District at LCSC