Lady Pirates win 1 of 3 matches
The Prairie Lady Pirates volleyball team had a 3 games to 1 win over Summit sandwiched between losses to Genesee and Nezperce last week.
Prairie opened their season against defending league champion Genesee and lost in 3 games 17-25, 13-25, 11-25 on Tuesday, August 30 at Cottonwood. They followed that up with a 25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 25-17 win over Summit the same night and then traveled to Nezperce for a wild 5 set loss to the Indians 25-17, 17-25, 25-27, 25-20, 11-15, Thursday, Sept. 1.
Vs Genesee
Prairie’s play was ragged in their season opening match against Genesee. Just the fact that it’s a volleyball match against Genesee seems to intimidate Prairie’s players. Much like Lapwai in basketball.Tyler Workman watches Monica Lustig make a set in the match against Summit.
Prairie fell behind 0-5 and 2-10 in the opening game. Their biggest deficit was a 7-19 but they rallied back some to make the final margin 8.
A stuff block by Sam Poxleitner and a tip for a kill by Leah Holthaus got the margin quickly down to 9.
Kills by Cheryl Gehring and Holthaus and an ace by Megan Sigler got the margin down to 7 at 14-21.
A missed serve by Genesee followed by 2 aces by Holthaus cut the margin to 6 at 17-23 but that was as close as Prairie got.
They quickly fell behind in the second game as well as Genesee took leads of 0-3 , 1-6 and 4-13.
The trend repeated in the final game as Genesee took a 0-5 lead and after some back and forth action, put together a 6 point run to take a 5-18 lead on their way to a 14 point final margin.
For the match Poxleitner had 6 kills including a stuff while Holthaus had 5 kills and 4 aces. Tyler Workman had 4 kills. Monica Lustig had 4 kills, 2 aces and 12 assists. Gehring had 3 kills and Sigler had 1 kill, 9 assists and 2 aces.
Vs. Summit
Prairie picked up their first win of the season over crosstown rival Summit in 4 very close games.
Demetria Riener makes a pass in the Summit match. Also shown are Stephanie Gimmeson (in back) and Monica Lustig.The first game was a back and forth affair that saw Summit in the lead much of the game although the score was tied 7 times.
Summit took the lead at 5-6 and except for a tie at 11, pretty much held it until late in the game. The Patriots led by as many as 4 points at both 11-15 and 18-22.
At 18-22 Tanna Schlader scored a kill for the sideout sending Holthaus to the service line. 3 aces later the score was tied at 22.
Workman then scored a kill to give Prairie their first lead since it was 2-1. A carry by Summit put made it match point and Schlader scored the game winner when she tipped the ball past Summit’s blockers for the point.
In the second game Summit led early on but Prairie took the lead with a 5-point run with Demetria Riener serving. Poxleitner scored the kill for the sideout with kills following from Holthaus, Poxleitner, Sigler and Holthaus again as Prairie took a 9-6 lead.
After a trade of sideouts, Stephanie Gimmeson served 5 straight points to put Prairie in control. A missed Summit serve scored the sideout with Sigler following with a kill. A kill by Holthaus, an ace by Gimmeson, a kill by Gehring and another kill be Holthaus made it 15-7.
Summit was able to rally within 2 points at 20-18 but Prairie then scored the final 5 points. 
Sigler scored the kill for a sideout to put Gimmeson back on the service line. After a kill by Holthaus, Gimmeson finished off the game with 3 straight aces.
Game 3 flipped the script as Prairie took the early lead only to see Summit come back and win. After a 2-2 tie, Prairie took the lead and held it until Summit tied it at 7 and then took the lead on a kill by Nicole Wemhoff, who had joined the varsity after their JV action had completed.
The lead changed hands a couple of times but Summit took the lead for good on a pair of aces by Savanah Prigge.
Rachael Frei put Summit firmly in control of the game with a 6-point service run that made it 14-23 in Summit’s favor. She had 4 aces in that run.
A rotation foul by Summit held off game point and put Gimmeson on the service line at 16-24 but it was too big a deficit to make up as Gimmeson was able to serve Prairie to 3 straight points before a missed spike by Prairie scored the game winner for Summit.
Summit started the final game like they wanted to send the match to a fifth game as they jumped to a 0-3 lead behind the serving of Nicole Frei.
Prairie came right back with 4 straight points and the game was on. 
Prairie took the lead for good though at 10-9 on a missed serve by Summit, something which plagued the Patriots all evening.
Prairie gradually increased the lead as Sigler served an ace and Gehring served 2 aces while Holthaus scored 4 kills including the match winner and Poxleitner added a couple of kills as well.
Holthaus wound up with 14 kills and 5 aces while Schlader added 9 kills. Poxleitner and Workman had 7 kills including a stuff each. Sigler had 7 kills, 3 aces and 22 assists. Gehring had 4 kills and 5 aces and Lustig had 4 kills, 1 ace and 18 assists.
Gimmeson was the serving star with 7 aces and was the server for 18 Prairie points.
Vs. Nezperce
Nezperce has dominated the Pirates in volleyball in recent years but this time Prairie gave them everything they could want as they took the Indians to 5 games before falling.Tyler Workman slams a spike past Nezperce blockers as Megan Sigler looks on.
Of note for the Pirates was the return to action of MeShel Rad who had blown out her knee last Spring. She got the okay from the doctors to play and saw action in the second and fourth games.
In the opening game Schlader had a 4-point service run that included a pair of aces to put Prairie ahead 8-5. They never trailed the rest of the game.
Prairie was able to gradually build the lead by siding out Nezperce’s serves while adding a point or two on their own serve.
Holthaus and Lustig had aces during the game while Holthaus also added a couple of big kills including the one that got the game to game point. Workman scored a kill for the game-winning point. 
Nezperce bounded back in the second game by jumping out to a 0-3 lead.
Prairie managed to bounce back and take a 5-4 lead on an ace by Rad.
The two teams traded points with Prairie taking their final lead of the game at 7-6 on an ace by Gehring.
A missed spike gave Nezperce the serve and they took a 7-11 lead. Prairie fought back to tie the game at 12 on a 3-point service run by Riener which included 2 aces and a kill by Rad, but could never retake the lead.
Kills by Poxleitner and Sigler tied the score at 14 but a missed serve by Prairie and 2 aces by Nezperce gave the Indians the lead for good. They scored the final 6 points to win going away.
In the third game Prairie took a 4-2 lead as Schlader had 2 kills and Workman added another but from there on the game was a battle as neither team could build any momentum.
The game was tied 13 times and the biggest lead for either team was 3 points by Nezperce at 18-21.
Nezperce missed a serve at that point and an ace by Riener followed by a kill by Holthaus tied the score. Two more aces by Riener gave Prairie a 23-21 lead but a missed spike killed the momentum.
MeShel Rad saw her first action of the season in the Nezperce match. Here she tips the ball to an open spot.Nezperce tied it on an ace and then got to game point at 23-24. Poxleitner scored a kill to tie the game at 24 and Holthaus scored a kill on a tip to give Prairie a game point chance at 25-24.
A missed spike tied it and Nezperce was able to score the next two points to pull out the game.
Nezperce looked to clinch the match as they took a 0-4 lead to open the fourth game but Rad scored on a tip and Sigler followed with an ace. A kill by Gehring and 2 more kills by Rad gave Prairie a 5-4 lead.
The teams traded sideouts before 2 aces by Gehring gave Prairie a 10-7 lead.
4 aces in 5 serves by Lustig gave prairie a 16-10 lead. 
Gimmeson added another service run with 3 aces in 5 serves as Prairie took control at 23-14.
Nezperce was able to cut into the lead but a pair of kills by Rad gave Prairie the 5 point win and tied the match at 2 games each.
In the deciding game Holthaus served Prairie to a 6-4 lead on an ace and a kill each by Schlader and Workman.
Nezperce came back to tie the game at 7 but Prairie took the lead back on a stuff block by Lustig. Lustig then added a kill to make it 9-7.
Nezperce again tied the score at 10 but a kill by Sigler made it 11-10 for Prairie. 
From that point on Nezperce’s Britney Miller dominated at the net scoring a kill for the side out and adding 2 more kills as Nezperce scored the final 6 points of the match.
Workman had 11 kills to lead the Pirates while Poxleitner had 10 kills including a stuff. Rad had 7 kills and 2 aces while Sigler had 7 kills, 3 aces and 21 assists.
Holthaus had 5 kills and 4 aces while Schlader had 5 kills and 3 aces. Lustig had 4 kills including a stuff, 7 aces and 22 assists.
Gehring had 4 kills and 3 aces while Riener had 5 aces and Gimmeson had 3 aces.
Prairie is 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in White Pine League Division 1 play.
Megan Sigler tips the ball over against Summit as Tyler Workman and Monica Lustig watch.
Leah Holthaus spikes the ball against Nezperce. In the foreground are Monica Lustig and Megan Sigler.
Tanna Schlader is about to spike the ball against Summit as Leah Holthaus makes a fake.
Megan Silger goes for a spike against Nezperce.

JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. 
23-Jamboree at Grangeville, 4 p.m.
27-Genesee JV Tournament, TBA
30-Tri-match here-vs. Summit, 5 p.m.; vs. Genesee, 8 p.m. Lost to Genesee 0-3, beat Summit 3-1, details next week.
  1-Nezperce, there, lost 2-3
  6-Lapwai, there, won 3-2, details next week
  8-Troy, there
10-Kendrick Tournament, TBA
10-JV at Jenifer Tourn., TBA
13-Kamiah, here
14-JV at Sacajawea, 5 p.m.
15-Tri-match at Grangeville/Cascade, 4:30 p.m.
22-Kendrick, here
24-Prairie JV Tournament
27-Highland, here
29-Deary, here
  1-Genesee Tournament, TBA
  4-Tri-match here, vs. Potlatch, 5 p.m., vs. Grangeville, 8 p.m.
  6-CV, Kamiah, V only, 5 p.m.
11-Timberline, here
15, 17, 19-District at LCSC
28-29-State at Lewiston

Prairie Girls 2011 Jr. High Basketball
Games start at 4 p.m. unless noted.
13th—Asotin, here
15th—at Grangeville
20th—at St. Peter & Paul
22nd—at Asotin, 4:30 p.m.
27th—at Nezperce
29th— C.V., here
4th—at Timberline, 4:30
11th— Orofino, here
13th— Highland, here
18th—Kamiah, here
20th—Grangeville, here
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