Lady Pirates split at tri-match
The Prairie Lady Pirates split a marathon tri-match at Culdesac last Thursday, Sept. 17, losing in 5 games to Lapwai then winning in Megan Sigler and Kayla Johnson combine to stuff a Lapwai spike in their match at Culdesac last Thursday.5 games over Culdesac.
In Prairie’s opening game against Lapwai they played some of the best volleyball they’ve played all season and knocked off the Wildcats 25-15. Lapwai bounced back to take the next two games 15-25 and 18-25. Prairie then rallied to win the fourth game 25-22 to force a deciding fifth game. They bowed to Lapwai 10-15 in the deciding game.
They then had to come right back and play a rested Culdesac team. Prairie lost the first game 21-25 but won a tough second game 28-26. They cruised in the third game 25-12 then saw Culdesac come back to force a fifth game with an 18-25 win.
The deciding game went Prairie’s way as they pulled away to a 15-7 win.
Megan Sigler had 34 assists in the Culdesac match while Kayla Johnson tallied 11 kills and Sam Frei had 10.
With the split Prairie is 2-9 overall and 2-4 in league play.
The JV squad beat both Lapwai and Culdesac but we don’t have scores available.

Lady Pirates go 5-5 at Gar-Pal Tournament
The Prairie Lady Pirates played 5 different teams at the Viking Classic at Garfield-Palouse High School in Palouse, Wash. Saturday, Sept. 19, and came away with an even split. They won 5 games and lost 5 games on the day.
They finished 5-3 in pool play and were tied with Nezperce for second place. Nezperce took second place on the tiebreaker which was total points scored in the games played.
Kayla Johnson had a big day hitting the ball at the Gar-Pal Tournament. Also shown from left are Megan Sigler, Sam Frei and Shelby Duman.Pool play matches were 2 games to 25 points with Prairie sweeping both Gar-Pal and Potlatch, splitting with Nezperce and then getting swept by Colton.
In the placement match, best 2 of 3, against Tekoa-Oakesdale, they lost in 2 games.
In the opening match against host Gar-Pal the first game went back and forth until Casey Bruegeman put together a 5 point service run that included 4 aces that turned an 8-7 lead into a 13-7 lead.
Francesca Johnson later served up 2 aces and Meaghan Bruner had a 4 point run that included an ace, a kill by Sam Frei and a stuff and a kill by Bruegeman that made it 24-14.
Gar-Pal managed to fight off game point 4 times before a kill by Frei ended the game at 25-18.
In the second game two aces by Justina Zigler and another 4-point run by Bruner that included an ace, a kill by Bruegeman and 2 kills by Frei led to a 9-3 Prairie lead.
Gar-Pal came back to tie the game at 10 but Megan Sigler got a kill by Kayla Johnson and then served 4 straight aces to give Prairie an 18-11 lead.
The lead stayed around 6-7 points until Bruner served an ace then picked up a back row kill with Frei adding another kill to make it 24-14.
Bruner then missed a serve but Gar-Pal returned the favor to give Prairie the game at 25-15.
In their second match they faced a Potlatch team that had beaten them 3 out of 4 in their league match early in the season.
Four kills early on by Kayla Johnson helped stake Prairie to a 5-3 lead but Potlatch stayed close and tied it at 10.
An ace each by Bruegeman and Bruner and 3 aces by Francesca Johnson along with 2 kills each by Kayla and Francesca Johnson and a kill by Bruegeman helped Prairie take a 20-12 lead.
Another kill later on by Bruegeman made it 23-15 but then Potlatch rallied.
The Loggers scored 8 straight to tie the game at 23.
Frei scored a kill for the sideout but then missed the ensuing serve to re-tie the game at 24. With games in pool play capped at 25 points that set up a winner-take-all game point with Potlatch serving. On a scramble play Kayla Johnson wound up setting the ball for Francesca Johnson who scored the game-winning kill for a 25-24 win.
The second game was a battle all the way as neither side could get more than a 3 point lead. Potlatch led much of the game until Sigler tipped the ball for a kill on the second hit to tie the game at 13. Bruegeman then served 3 straight to give Prairie a 16-13 lead with Kayla Johnson and Francesca Johnson bracketing kills around a service ace by Bruegeman.
Potlatch came back to tie the game at 16 but could never re-take the lead.
Frei scored a kill to get to game point at 24-21 and Bruegeman stuffed a Potlatch spike for the game winner.Sam Frei goes up for the kill as teammates from left Francesca Johnson, Casey Bruegeman and Megan Sigler watch and get ready for a possible return.
That put Prairie up against a Nezperce team that had swept them in their league match earlier.
Nezperce started like they were going to do it again as they jumped out to a 0-3 lead but 2 kills by Kayla Johnson and a kill by Frei plus an ace by Francesca Johnson gave Prairie the lead.
Nezperce came back to build a 7-12 lead but Prairie answered back to retake the lead on a stuff block by Shelby Duman and 2 aces by Sigler that put Prairie up 17-15.
A kill by Kayla Johnson brought Francesca Johnson to the service line. Two kills and a stuff block by Kayla and an ace by Francesca gave the Pirates a 22-17 lead.
Nezperce though fought back to take a 23-24 lead then missed a serve to tie the game at 24. Francesca Johnson then scored the kill that gave Prairie the win.
Nezperce came back in the second game to take a 2-10 lead and pretty much dominated the game.
The Indians rolled to game point at 10-24 but Prairie then rallied. A kill by Frei put Zigler on the service line. 4 aces by Zigler and a kill by Duman pulled Prairie within 16-24 but Nezperce then finally got the sideout to win the game.
With a chance to win their pool by winning at least one of two games against Colton, the Lady Pirates couldn’t get it done the first game as Colton dominated the whole game on the way to an 11-25 win. Scoring only 11 in that game cost Prairie later in the tiebreaker.
Colton jumped out to the lead again in the second game but Prairie kept it much closer. They were able to pull within 1 at 15-16 and 16-17 but couldn’t get over the hump and take the lead. Colton then put together a service run late to pull away to the 7-point win.
That put Prairie into a matchup of third place teams against Tekoa-Oakesdale, who was carrying the momentum of having swept LaCrosse-Washtucna who up to that point had won every game they’d played.
The Nighthawks controlled both games against Prairie as they handily won both games. Prairie led just one time at 1-0 in the opening game.
For the day Kayla Johnson had 36 kills including 4 stuff blocks. Frei had 29 kills including a stuff and 8 aces. Bruegeman had 18 kills including 5 stuffs and 8 aces. Francesca Johnson had 18 kills including 1 stuff and 9 aces. Duman had 12 kills including 2 stuffs. Sigler had 78 assists, 5 kills including a stuff and 10 aces. Zigler had 8 aces.
Francesca Johnson concentrates on hitting the ball in the Lapwai match at Culdesac last week.

JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. Home matches at Middle School gym due to floor project at high school.
27-Potlatch/Lapwai, at Potlatch, Lost to Potlatch 1 game to 3; lost to Lapwai 0-3
  1-Grangeville, there, lost 0-3
  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, beat Culdesac 3-2, lost to Lapwai 2-3
19-at Gar./Pal. Tournament, won 5 games, lost 5 games on the day
24-Troy/Grangeville, here, 5 p.m.
26-Prairie JV Tournament
  1-Kendrick, here
  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
30-31-State Tournament
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