Lady Pirates sweep Potlatch
The Prairie Lady Pirates snapped a 4-match losing skid and picked up their first league win of the season with a straight sets win at Potlatch Tuesday, Sept. 21.
They won by scores of 25-22, 25-13 and 25-15.
The first game saw Prairie unable to score on serve until Megan Sigler’s first turn at the service line. At that point Prairie trailed 6-10. Sigler started with an ace and served 2 more points to cu t the lead to 9-10. 
After a pair of sideouts, Tanna Schlader served Prairie to an 11-11 tie. 
Two sideouts later Shelby Duman served Prairie into their first lead since 1-0 with 3 straight service points that made it 16-13.
Potlatch came back to tie at 16 but could never retake the lead as Prairie held them off for the win.
In the second game the serving combination of Fran Johnson and MeShel Rad helped Prairie break open a close game.
Johnson took over at 7-4 and served 3 aces in 4 serves to five Prairie an 11-4 lead. 
After Potlatch cut the lead to 11-6, Rad served 4 straight points including an ace to give Prairie a 16-6 lead.
Potlatch responded with 3 straight points but Sigler responded with 3 straight after the sideout, including an ace, to give Prairie a 20-9 lead.
Duman was able to serve the final 2 points for the win.
In the third game it was Kayla Johnson who served Prairie into a big lead. She took the serve at 2-2 and served 11 straight points as Prairie led 13-2 before the sideout.
Prairie led 17-9 when Sigler stepped to the service line and served 3 straight winners including an ace for a 20-9 lead.
Potlatch got no closer than 8 points at 23-15 with Duman serving the final point.
For the match Rad had 9 kills including a stuff block while Kayla Johnson had 8 kills including a stuff. Fran Johnson had 8 kills while Schlader had 4 kills, Sam Poxleitner had 3 and Duman had 2. Sigler had 29 assists.
The JV team won their match 25-18, 25-19, 15-5.

Lady Pirates lose at Genesee
TThe Prairie Lady Pirates gave Genesee a battle in the second game of their match but still fell in straight sets 13-25, 26-28, 6-25 at Genesee Thursday, Sept. 23.
In the first game Prairie struggle to score while serving as they managed just 4 points that weren’t the result of siding out Genesee.
Genesee meanwhile managed to put together serving runs of 5 and 6 points as they pulled away for an easy win.
In the second game it was like a different Prairie team showed up. 
Prairie took a 2-0 lead with Megan Sigler serving but Genesee answered with 3 straight points. 
Sam Poxleitner then served Prairie to a 7-3 lead and Kayla Johnson made it 9-4 with an ace but Genesee came back to tie it at 10.
Tanna Schlader served Prairie to a 13-10 lead but Genesee again came back to tie it at 13.
Genesee took a 17-19 lead only to see Kayla Johnson served Prairie back into a 20-19 lead.
Genesee got to game point at 23-24 but a sideout tied it at 24.
Genesee had another game point at 24-25 but Prairie sided out and had their own chance at game point at 26-25.
Genesee was able to side out and then scored  2 more to pull out the game.
Prairie apparently threw everything they had into that game as Genesee dominated the final game.
Prairie had no points on serve as all 6 points they scored came on sideouts.
Genesee led 0-5, 1-7, 2-9, 3-14, 4-19 and 5-23 before scoring the final 2 points after Prairie’s final sideout.
Poxleitner had 5 kills in the match while Kayla Johnson had 4, Schlader and MeShel Rad 3 each.
Sigler had 15 assists.
Fran Johnson missed the match due to illness.
With the loss Prairie is 6-8 on the season and 1-3 in league play.
The JV and C teams both swept their matches. The JV’s won 26-24, 25-21, 15-11 while the C team won 25-7, 25-7, 15-7.

Lady Pirates compete in 'Border Battle'
The Prairie Lady Pirates were one of 10 teams competing in the Border Battle tournament at Pomeroy on Saturday, Sept. 25.MeShel Rad blocks a St. John-Endicott spike attempt. In the background are Sam Poxleitner and Tanna Schlader.
They played St. John-Endicott, Pomeroy, Asotin and Clarkston in matches that counted in the state standings. They were to play Dayton but several of the girls on that team had an afternoon wedding to attend and Prairie was the odd team out on playing them. They wound up playing Pomeroy’s second unit in their final match to get a 5th match in like everyone else.
Genesee, Lapwai, Orofino and Kamiah were the other Idaho schools competing.
Teams started the day playing 3 games to 25 each. Late in the afternoon when they were an hour behind schedule, some of the third games were only to 15. Washington wound up winning the matchup 37 to 35.
Prairie opened the day against St. John-Endicott and won that match 20-25, 25-18, 25-13.
Next they played Pomeroy and lost 22-25, 23-25, 22-25.
In their third match they faced Clarkston, the only unbeaten squad in the tournament, and lost 14-25, 17-25, 12-25.
Against Asotin, a team they had beaten at the Kendrick Tournament, they lost 15-25, 25-14, 7-15.
In the final match against Pomeroy they won 25-11, 25-14, 15-12.
Vs. SJ-E
In their opening match against St. John-Endicott Megan Sigler served Prairie to a 4-0 lead with a pair of aces plus kills by Shelby Duman and Kayla Johnson.
Sam Poxleitner added a pair of aces to make it 7-1.
St. John Endicott came back though to tie the game at 9.
Kayla Johnson winds up for a kill against St. John-Endicott. Behind her is Demetria Riener. At far right is Sam Poxleitner.Prairie took the lead again at 12-9 only to see St. John come back to tie it at 14.
With the score tied at 15, St. John took control with a 5-point run and wound up winning by 5.
In the second game Prairie trailed only once at 0-1. Three straight aces by Poxleitner gave Prairie a 4-1 lead.
At 9-6 Demetria Riener served 3 straight points with an ace and a kill each by MeShel Rad and Poxleitner that made it 12-6.
Prairie gradually pulled away  with their biggest lead coming at 23-13 after 2 aces by Tanna Schlader.
St. John answered with 5 straight points but a kill by Rad and then an ace by her ended the game.
In the third game Prairie again took control early with a 3-0 lead and never trailed.
It stayed fairly close until 2 aces by Rad and 4 straight service points by Sigler pushed the lead to 8 points. Johnson picked up a pair of kills and Poxleitner added another in Sigler’s run.
Prairie was able to side out St. John’s serves and add a point or two when they were serving. 
Shelby Duman served Prairie to match point with an ace, a kill by Schlader and a stuff block by Rad. She then missed a serve but St. John answered with their own missed serve to end the match.
Vs. Pomeroy
In the match against Pomeroy, Prairie was able to play the hosts tough in each game but couldn’t pull out a win.
In the opening game Prairie led 2-0 after an ace by Sigler and a kill by Poxleitner but after 4 straight points by Pomeroy they never led again.
Prairie trailed by as many as 7 at 5-12 but fought back to tie the game at 18 after 2 aces by Poxleitner and a kill by Duman.
A missed serve kept them from retaking the lead and Pomeroy added 2 more for a 3-point lead.Sam Poxleitner pounds the ball against St. John-Endicott in the Border Battle at Pomeroy.
Prairie cut the lead to 1 after a kill by Johnson and a stuff block by Rad that made it 20-21 but Pomeroy was able to hold on for the 3-point win.
Prairie never led in the second game but never trailed by more than 6. 
They trailed 9-15 when Johnson scored a kill and Poxleitner served up 2 aces to cut the lead to 3.
At 16-21, Kayla Johnson got a fortunate kill on a service dig and Rad served 3 straight points with Poxleitner picking up 2 kills and Kayla Johnson another to cut the lead to 20-21.
Rad was then called for a rare foot  fault on her serve for the sideout.
Prairie managed to tie the score at 23 after a kill each by Duman and Rad but a missed serve cost them another chance at the lead and Pomeroy aced out the game.
The third game started like it was going to be a runaway for the hosts as they jumped out to 0-4 and 1-7 leads.
Prairie got back into the game though with Schlader at the service line.
She took over at 5-11 and served Prairie to an 11-11 tie. She had 5 aces and Sigler added a kill.
Pomeroy took control again with their own service run to make it 11-16 before they missed a serve.
Rad then served 2 aces followed by a kill each by Poxleitner, Sigler and Johnson to give Prairie the lead. Another ace by Rad made it 18-16.
Pomeroy came back to tie it at 19 but 3 straight kills by Duman gave Prairie a 22-19 lead.
At that point Prairie stalled out as Pomeroy scored the final 6 points to make it a 3-game sweep.
Vs. Clarkston
As not only the largest school in the field, Clarkston also had probably the best team as they lost just 1 game all day, to Genesee.
Tanna Schlader spikes the ball in the Border Battle Tournament.Prairie stayed close to them in the opening game as they fought back to within 8-9 after falling behind 1-5.
After a stuff block by Sigler and then 2 aces by her Prairie again trailed by just 1 at 11-12.
Clarkston then took control as they finished out the game 3-13.
The second game followed a similar pattern as Prairie stayed close early on then Clarkston power game allowed them to pull away late.
Prairie led 1-0 on an ace by Sigler and 2-1 after a kill by Johnson but never lead again.
Still they trailed just 11-14 midway through the game but Clarkston then pulled away to win by 8.
In the final game Prairie struggled with a pair of Clarkston servers as they led 3-2 then saw Clarkston served up 6 straight aces and add 3 more kills at the net as they took a 4-12 lead.
After a pair of sideouts the next server for Clarkston had 6 straight aces as they pulled away to a 5-19 lead.
Prairie played even with them the rest of the game but couldn’t gain any ground as they wound up losing by 13.
Vs. Asotin
In the opening game against Asotin Prairie led 9-7 before Asotin started to take control of the game. Prairie was outscored 2-9 as the Panthers took an 11-16 lead.
Asotin pulled steadily away as they wound up winning by 10.
The second game was close until Rad put together a huge service run. 
A kill by Poxleitner put her on the service line at 8-8. She then served up 11 straight points with only 3 coming on aces as Prairie dominated at the net.
Johnson was a force with 4 kills and 2 stuff blocks in the run while Poxleitner also added a pair of kills as Prairie took a 19-8 lead.
Prairie then held on to win the game by 11.
The third game was Prairie’s first of the day to go only to 15. 
Asotin started strong as they jumped out to a 0-5 lead.
A kill each by Schlader and Rad and an ace by Duman helped Prairie cut the lead to 5-7 but Asotin again pulled away and wound up winning by 8.
Vs. Pomeroy 2
In their final match of the day Prairie played Pomeroy’s second unit in place of the Dayton squad that left early in the day.Megan Sigler serves as Kayla Johnson, 10, signals for the defense. Also shown are Sam Poxleitner, Shelby Duman and MeShel Rad.
Since Dayton got only 4 matches in on the day apparent the tournament officials allowed just 4 of Prairie’s matches to count toward the Border Battle standings since they were the only team not to play Dayton.
The first game went Prairie’s way right from the start as Kayla Johnson served 4 straight aces to stake Prairie to a 6-1 lead.
Schlader also had a big service run with 3 aces plus a kill each by Sigler and Rad as Prairie too a 13-5 lead.
At 14-7, Rad had her second big run of the day. She started with 3 straight aces then Poxleitner scored a kill followed by 2 more from Johnson. Two more aces plus one more kill by Johnson made it 23-7 before Pomeroy was able to side out.
In the second game Prairie led most of the way but it wasn’t as lopsided.
At 6-6 Pomeroy missed a served and a kill by Rad and an ace by Schlader made it 9-6.
The serve went pretty much back and forth until at 16-11 Johnson scored a kill to put herself on the service line.
Schlader scored a kill followed by 2 more from Rad and  aces by Johnson for a 22-11 lead that all but put the game away as Prairie wound up winning by 11.
In the final game Johnson scored a kill for the first point and Riener followed with 2 aces and Schlader added a kill for a 4-0 Prairie lead.
Pomeroy was able to pull back within 1 at 5-4 but a kill each by Duman, Schlader and Rad made it 8-4.
Pomeroy again trimmed the lead to 1 at 9-8 but a kill followed by 2 aces from Rad made it 12-8.
A kill by Johnson put Prairie at game point at 14-11. 
Pomeroy fought off two game points before missing a serve to five Prairie the win.
For the day (15 games total) Johnson had 41 kills including 4 stuff blocks plus 11 aces and 5 assists. Rad had 37 kills including 6 stuffs plus 19 aces and 4 assists. Poxleitner had 21 kills, 10 aces and 3 assists. Duman had 21 kills including a stuff, 6 assists and 8 aces. Schlader had 20 kills and 17 aces. Sigler had 100 assists, 14 kills including a stuff and 12 aces. Riener had 2 assists, 1 back row kill and 7 aces. Monica Lustig had 2 assists and 2 back row kills.
Fran Johnson missed the tournament due to illness.
Shelby Duman winds up for a spike against Clarkston. Also shown from left are Kayla Johnson, Megan Sigler and Tanna Schlader.
Kayla Johnson winds up for a spike against Clarkston. Also shown from left are Demetria Riener, Megan Sigler and Sam Poxleitner.

Lady Pirates get early start at Genesee Tournament
The Prairie Lady Pirates will be at the Pea & Lentil Spike-Off at Genesee this Saturday, Oct. 2.
Their first match will be against Grangeville at 8 a.m. in the auxiliary gym (located just past the main gym).
They will then get two matches off before facing Deary and then another match off before facing Kamiah,
Genesee, Orofino, Wallace and Timberlake are the teams in the other pool.
There will only be a minimal warmup time between matches with no set time schedule. Play is best two out of three games to 25 with the third game to 15.
After round-robin pool play is completed the First place teams from each pool plays the second place team from the other with those two winners to face off for the championship. Also the third place team from each pool will face the fourth place team from the other with those two winners playing again for the consolation title.

JV's take second
The Prairie JV volleyball team once again placed 2nd over the weekend.  This tournament was sponsored by Prairie with 15 teams attending. Pool play took place with 7 teams at the High School and 8 teams at the Middle School.  At the end of  Pool Play all  15 teams were at the High school gym to be  paired off according to  their place in pool play to see who was the "Sole Survivor".  Play then consisted of one game to 21.   If you won, you moved on and if you lost you were out.  Prairie beat Orofino, to move on to  defeat Grangeville and Kamiah in some very intense games.  In the final match-up for the championship the Lady Pirates fell (once again) to Sacajawea.  
Thank you to all who made the day such a success: especially,  Travis Mader, who set up the tournament, Teel Bruner ,who helped things run smoothly, Rene' Forsmann, for helping to clean and to Whitney Sonnen for keeping books. And good job Prairie JV!

The Prairie JV team took second place in the Prairie JV Tournament held this past Saturday. Front from left are Kelsey Tidwell and Keely Schmidt. 2nd row from left are Brandi Gehring, Beka Bruner and Cheryl Gehring. Back from left are coach Marlene Forsmann, Kayla Frei with Hope Vanator riding piggyback, Tyler Workman, Stephanie Gimmeson, Claire Whitley, Leah Holthaus, Lydia Lustig and Rachel Falzon. Photo by Laurie Workman.

JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. 
  2-Grangevile, there, 5 p.m., lost in 4 games
  7-Highland, there, won in 4 games
  9-Troy/Summit, here, 5 p.m., lost to Troy in 3 games, beat Summit in 3 games
11-Kendrick Tournament, beat Asotin in 3 games, lost to Orofino in 2 games, beat Summit in 2 games, beat Kamiah in 3 games, 3rd place.
11-JV at Jenifer Tourn., TBA, took 2nd place
14-Kendrick, there, lost in 4 games.
16-CV/Grangeville, here, 5 p.m., lost to CV in 4 games, lost to Grangeville in 3 games
20-Nezperce, here, lost in 3 games
21-Potlatch, there, won in 3 games
23-Genesee, there, lost in 3 games
25-at Pomeroy Tournament, TBA, won 2 matches, lost 3
25-Prairie JV Tournament
28-Timberline, there, won in 3 games, details next week
30-Kamiah/Lapwai, at Kamiah
  2-Genesee Tournament, TBA
  4-Kamiah, here, 4:30 p.m., Date changed from Oct. 7 - Senior Night
12-Deary, there
16, 18, 19, 21-District at LCSC
29-30-State at Burley

Games start at 4 p.m.
30-C.V., there
2-Tournament at Asotin, TBA
5-Timberline, here
12-Orofino, there
14-Nezperce, there
19-Kamiah, there
21-Grangeville, there
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