Lady Pirates swept twice at tri-match
The Prairie Lady Pirates had to do it the hard way but they picked up a win on senior night Thursday, October 1.
They lost the first two games before rallying to beat Kendrick 23-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-10.
The win gives Prairie a 2-5 record in matches that count toward district seeding. The second win is important as the ninth place team in the Division 1 portion of the White Pine League won’t be advancing to District. Prairie has a 3-6 overall record in the League and 3-11 record in all non-tournament matches.
Kayla Johnson had 11 kills for Prairie with Shelby Duman adding 5 kills while Sam Frei had 5 aces.

Lady Pirates struggle at Genesee Tournament
The Prairie Lady Pirates struggled at the Genesee Tournament as they could manage to win just 1 game on the day.
They opened with a 19-25, 21-25 loss to Grangeville then followed that with a 25-15, 22-25, 11-15 loss to Deary. They finished up pool play with a 17-25, 11-25 loss to Kamiah. In the consolation bracket they lost to Orofino 12-25, 18-25.Sam Poxleitner goes up for a spike against Orofino at the Genesee Tournament. Watching are Francesca Johnson, left, and Megan Sigler.
In the opening game against Grangeville Prairie kept it close until midway through the match. They last held the lead at 13-12 after an ace by Megan Sigler. Grangeville then scored the sideout and scored 3 straight service points to take the lead for good. 
Another 4-point run later on put the game away.
In the second game Prairie held the lead in the middle part of the game. Two aces by Sigler gave Prairie an 8-6 lead. After a pair of sideouts Francesca Johnson served two aces and Shelby Duman added a kill to give Prairie a 12-7 lead.
Grangeville came back to take a 15-16 lead but Prairie was able to retake the lead on a pair of kills by Samantha Poxleitner at 18-17.
Grangeville tied it then took the lead and outscored Prairie 3-7 down the stretch to win the match.
Against Deary Sam Frei served two aces to give Prairie a quick lead in the first game.
At 5-4, Deary missed a served and Francesca Johnson took over at the service line. She had 3 aces and Frei added a pair of kills to give Prairie an 11-4 lead. 
The gradually built on their lead until the final 10-point margin as Ashley Shumway served up two aces to finish the game.
A kill be Kayla Johnson staked Prairie to a 1-0 lead in the second game but Deary then scored the next 6 points to take control.
Prairie was able to pull within 2 points several times but Deary would always pull away again.
A kill by Poxleitner put Francesca Johnson on the service line with Prairie down 17-22. An ace, two kills by Frei and another ace got Prairie within 1 at 21-22. A pair of sideouts left the margin at 1 at 22-23 but Deary then scored a kill for another sideout and then scored on serve to end the game and tie the match at 1 game each.
Meaghan Bruner makes a pass. At left is Kayla Johnson and in the middle is Sam Frei who is wearing 13 because her regular jersey and black socks got soaked in an accident with the water jug on the bus ride to Genesee.In the third game Kayla Johnson opened with a kill and Frei served an ace for a 2-0 lead.
Deary answered with 4 straight point to take the lead. 
Prairie got the lead back when an ace by Sigler made it 6-5.
A sideout and a carry violation gave Deary a 6-7 lead but 2 kills by Duman, a kill by Poxleitner and an ace by Francesca Johnson put Prairie up 10-7.
A sideout followed by an ace cut the lead to 10-9 but Frei scored a kill to make it 11-9. Unfortunately that was Prairie’s last point as Deary scored the next 6 points to win the game and the match.
In the first game against Kamiah Prairie was able to keep it close until Kamiah put together a pair of service runs of 3 and 7 points to turn an 8-8 tie into a 9-20 lead.
Prairie rallied with Justina Zigler serving as she served 3 aces and benefited from a kill by Francesca Johnson to cut the lead to 16-22 but Kamiah then pulled out an 8-point win.
In the second game Kamiah got a 9-point service run early to pull out to a 3-17 lead and cruised to the match clincher.
As the fourth place team in their pool Prairie played Orofino, who had finished third in the other pool, in the consolation bracket.
Orofino put together 4 service runs of 3 or more points as they pulled away to a 13-point win in the first game.
In the second game Prairie was much more competitive as they led 7-4 after two aces by Sigler.
The game was tied at 14 when Orofino put together a run to take a 4-point lead. They then built on their lead as Prairie couldn’t muster more than 1 point at a time while Orofino was able to score several service points down the stretch for their 7 point win.
For the day Francesca Johnson had 26 kills and 10 aces. Frei had 16 kills and 1 aces. Kayla Johnson had 21 kills including 5 stuff blocks.
Duman had 8 kills and 2 aces. Poxleitner had 10 kills including a stuff. Sigler had 71 assists, 5 kills and 8 aces.
Zigler had 5 aces and Shumway had 4 aces. Meaghan Bruner had 4 kills.
Kayla Johnson spikes the ball against Grangeville at the Genesee Tournament. #4 is Megan Sigler.

Scenes from the Powderpuff Game
Casey Bruegeman tackles Cassie Weightman. At left is Meaghan Bruner.
Amber Holthaus is about to be “tackled” by Ashley Shumway. Others shown are Alena Hoene, 8, Shelby Duman, 25 and Tanna Schlader. The black clad senior-frosh team won 30-22.
Francesca Johnson, despite having fumbled the handoff, scores the game's first touchdown. Chasing her is Amber Holthaus.

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, lost to Troy in 3 games; lost to Grangeville in 3 games
  1-Kendrick, here, Senior Night, won in 5 games
  3-Genesee Tournament, see story above. lost to Grangeville in 2 games; lost to Deary in 3 games; lost to Kamiah in 2 games; lost to Orofino in 2 games
  8-Nezperce/Highland, there (Craigmont), 5 p.m.
10-Deary/Summit, here, 11 a.m.
17, 23, 24-District at LCSC
30-31-State Tournament
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