Lady Pirates are 2-2 on the week
Kamiah sweeps Prairie
In a gym overloaded with the color pink down to the players’ uniforms, Prairie was swept by the Kamiah Kubs in 3 close games 19-25, 21-25, 23-25 at Cottonwood Tuesday, Sept. 13.Tyler Workman reaches for a spike against Kamiah in the “Think Pink” match. Monica Lustig is at left and Megan Sigler is at right.
The match was part of the “Think Pink” fundraiser to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. $1,066 was raised with Prairie winning the fundraising competition against Kamiah.
The opening game went back and forth with neither side building much of an advantage. Prairie’s biggest lead came at 14-11 after 2 kills by Sam Poxleitner and a kill by Leah Holthaus.
Kamiah came back to tie before Prairie retook the lead at 15-14 on a free ball bump by Monica Lustig that found the floor.
Kamiah answered with 5 straight points before missing a serve.
The Kubs then got to game point at 17-24 when a back row dig by Stephanie Gimmeson led to a net foul by Kamiah for the sideout. An ace by Tanna Schlader cut the lead to 19-24 before the Kubs were able to end it.
Prairie fell behind 0-3 in the second game with a kill by Lustig putting Prairie on the board and MeShel Rad at the service line.
Rad served Prairie to a 6-3 lead with 2 aces plus a pair of kills by Tyler Workman and another by Cheryl Gehring.
Kamiah came back to tie the score at 8 before a bricked serve and a kill by Poxleitner put Prairie back on top 10-8. Kamiah answered with 5 straight points to retake the lead.
Prairie managed to come back to tie the game at 16-all but was never able to retake the lead.
They were within 1 at 20-21 when a missed serve gave Kamiah the serve and Prairie scored only 1 more point.
The Kubs started the third game with a 0-7 run giving Prairie an uphill battle.
They managed to chip away at the lead and got back within 3 at 10-13 after a 4-point service run by Demetria Riener which included 2 aces and a kill each by Rad and Lustig.
They got within 1 at 15-16 after a kill for a sideout and then an ace by Rad.
Still trailing at 17-19, Gehring served 5 straight aces to give Prairie their first lead of the game at 22-19. Kamiah then called a timeout which through Gehring off her rhythm, resulting in a missed serve.
Sam Poxleitner goes for the kill as Megan Sigler, left, and MeShel Rad watch.Prairie managed just 1 more point as Kamiah closed out the match.
For the match Rad had 8 kills including 2 stuff blocks and 3 aces while Workman had 7 kills including a stuff. Schlader had 6 kills and an ace while Sigler had 5 kills an ace and 19 assists. Lustig had 5 kills, an ace and 7 assists. Poxleitner had 5 hills and Gehring had a kill and 7 aces. Riener had 2 aces.
The JV team also lost all 3 games to the Kubs by scores of 17-25, 17-25 and 10-15.
In the opening game 2 aces by Natasha Gimmeson and a kill by Jessie Riener gave Prairie a 13-12 lead but Kamiah then tied the score and too control with a 4-12 finish.
In the second game Gimmeson served 3 straight aces to give Prairie a 6-4 lead.
After trading sideouts, an ace by Holli Uhlorn made it 9-6 but Kamiah scored the next 4 points and Prairie never led again.
Prairie looked like they might win the final game when Kamiah bricked a serve and Keely Schmidt served 2 aces while Beka Bruner and Rachel Falzon scored kills with tips at the net to give Prairie a 9-4 lead.
Kamiah then scored the sideout and dominated the rest of the way as Prairie’s only other point came on a sideout kill by Bruner.
Grangeville Tri-Match
The Prairie Lady Pirates split a tri-match held at Grangeville Thursday, Sept. 15, losing to Cascade 23-25 and 16-25 before bouncing back to beat Grangeville 25-22, 25-19, 21-25 and 25-18.
The win over Grangeville was the first for a Prairie volleyball team in several years.MeShel Rad tips the ball looking to find a hole behind Kamiah’s blockers.
Prairie coach Cheyenne Hudson said the Cascade match was an ugly one. She said she thinks her team saw that Grangeville beat them easily and assumed it would be easy for them as well and that was their downfall.
Monica Lustig had 8 assists in the match while Tyler Workman had 5 kills. Megan Sigler had 5 assists, 6 kills and 9 digs. 
Hudson said “I believe that we learned a lot from that game and now we are working on moving upward.  Most importantly I believe that we learned to never underestimate an opponent.”
Prairie bounced back strong in the Grangeville match as Hudson said, “The Grangeville game was amazing! I was so proud to see my girls bounce back from the ugly Cascade game and play that consistently good.  It felt good to beat Grangeville and it was wonderful to watch my girls forget about their errors and play their game.  I am constantly telling them that Volleyball is a game of errors, the test is whether or not they can bounce back from a mistake and turn it into something good, and that is what they did against Grangeville.”
For the match Sigler had 22 digs and 9 kills. Lustig had 17 assists and 21 digs. Workman had 9 kills and Tanna Schlader added 21 digs.
The Prairie Lady Pirates had little trouble knocking off a young Kendrick squad as they swept the Tigers 25-6, 25-14, 25-19.
Kendrick only has10 players on their squad and all but 2 of them also serve as their JV team.
Megan Sigler spikes the ball in the Kendrick match.In the opening game Prairie led just 4-2 when a bricked serve by Kendrick sent Tanna Schlader to the service line. She served 8 straight points to blow the game open with 4 aces plus 2 kills by Tyler Workman and a kill each by Monica Lustig and Sam Poxleitner.
At 16-4 Demetria Riener served 3 straight aces and MeShel Rad added a kill to make it 20-4.
At 22-6 Kendrick bricked a serve and Megan Sigler followed with 2 aces to end the game.
Sigler then served Prairie to a 4-0 lead in the second game as Leah Holthaus scored a kill and a stuff, Poxleitner added a kill and Sigler an ace.
Prairie then seemed to go into a concentration lapse at the service line as their serving percentage dropped dramatically and the Tigers were able to forge into an 8-11 lead.
Holthaus then scored a kill on a tip and Stephanie Gimmeson served Prairie back into the lead before missing a serve.
Sigler, who probably hit the ball at the net as hard as she has all season, scored a kill for the side out and then served an ace with Cheryl Gehring and Lustig adding a kill each to make it 16-12.
After trading sideouts, Holthaus served up 4 straight aces to make it 21-13.
After another trade of sideouts with Lustig scoring the kill for Prairie, Gehring served out the game with 3 aces as Prairie outscored Kendrick 17-3 after falling behind 8-11.
In the third game Holthaus served Prairie to a 5-1 lead with an ace followed by a kill each from Gehring and Workman.
Kendrick pulled within 2 at 7-5 then bricked a serve. Poxleitner followed with a pair of kills and Riener added an ace to make it 11-5.
Prairie was able to push the lead to 18-9 before Kendrick rallied with 4 straight points.
Consecutive kills by Workman and an ace by Gehring pushed the lead back to 8 at 21-13.
Prairie then ran into more serving problems but were also able to side out Kendrick’s serves as they held on to win by 6.
Workman had 10 kills in the match while Gehring had 7 plus 4 aces. Holthaus had 5 kills including a stuff block and 6 aces. Poxleitner had 5 kills. Sigler had 4 kills, 20 assists and 5 aces. Lustig had 4 kills and 12 assists. Schlader had a kill and 4 aces. Rad had 2 kills. Riener had a back row kill and 4 aces. Gimmeson had a back row kill and 2 aces.Tyler Workman slammed the ball hard enough into the Kendrick blocker's hands that the ball went down on the Kendrick side for a kill. Watching are Monica Lustig and Megan Sigler.
With the win Prairie improves to 6-7 on the season and 2-2 in Division 1 White Pine League play.
The JV match was limited to just 2 games due to all the JV players being on the varsity as well. The teams split with Prairie winning the opener 25-21 and Kendrick the second game 23-25.
Sydney Glimp served Prairie to a 3-0 lead in the opener with an ace and a kill each by Beka Bruner and Cassidy Stubbers.
Kendrick answered with 7 of the next 8 points to take a 4-7 lead.
Prairie came back to take a 9-8 lead but it didn’t last long and the lead changed hands a couple more times until Stubbers scored a kill to tie it at 16 and Bruner bumped a ball over from the back row that found a hole to put Prairie in the lead for good. She added a pair of kills to make it 19-16.
After a pair of sideouts Jessie Riener served 2 aces to make it 22-17.
Prairie got to game point when Natasha Gimmeson’s get-the-ball-over-the-net bump hit the net and rolled over for a kill.
Kendrick scored a sideout but Kelsey Tidwell then scored the game winning kill.
Kendrick jumped out to a 1-4 lead in the second game but Glimp served Prairie back into a lead with 2 aces and a kill by Kirsten Latimer.
The lead changed hands 3 more times before Kendrick took the lead for good at 11-12.
Kendrick eventually built a 6-point lead at 18-24 before Keely Schmidt’s kill scored a sideout.
Gimmeson went to the service line and nearly served Prairie back into it. She picked up a pair of kills just trying to get the ball over and then served 2 aces to cut the lead to 23-24 before a hitting error gave Kendrick the win.
Leah Holthaus spikes the ball in the Kamiah match. Monica Lustig is at left.
Stephanie Gimmeson goes for the dig against Kamiah. At left is Megan Sigler and in the back is Demetria Riener.

Lady Pirates at Border Battle this week
The Idaho Impressions Washington/Idaho Border Battle Volleyball Tournament is set for Saturday, Sept. 24 at Clarkston High School.
Prairie will be one of the Idaho teams participating. Last year the tournament was held at Pomeroy.
Prairie will play Dayton at 9:45 a.m. then will play St. John Endicott at 10:45.
The get a break before playing Pomeroy at 12:45. After a lunch break they will face Asotin at 2:15 p.m. and close out their action against Clarkson at 4:15 p.m.
If the schedule warrants a serving contest will be held.
Other Idaho schools participating are Troy, Genesee, Kamiah and Orofino.

Prairie to host JV tournament
The annual Prairie JV Volleyball Tournament is set for this Saturday, Sept. 24.
The tournament is configured with two 8-team brackets, one each at the high school and elementary school (former middle school) gyms.
At the high school Prairie will play Potlatch 2 in the opening match with Kamiah playing Potlatch 1 in the second match. Grangeville and Highland will follow with C.V. and Genesee finishing off the first round action.
At the elementary gym Summit will open with Kamiah 2 followed by Jenifer against Grangeville 2. Next will be C.V. 2 against Troy 1 followed by Troy 2 against Sacajawea.
Each team is guaranteed at least 3 matches.

Scenes from the Think Pink match by Loretta Riener
Savanah Prigge gets a spike past Kamiah's Shelby Cloninger in the championship match. At left is Megan Rehder and in the foreground is Nicole Frei.
The Prairie and Kamiah coaches pose with the wall decorations before the Think Pink match which raised over $1000 for Breast Cancer awareness.

The PHS varsity team in their Think Pink uniforms. Back from left are Cheryl Gehring, Sam Poxleitner, MeShel Rad, Tyler Workman, Leah Holthaus and coach Cheyenne Hudson. Front from left are Demetria Riener, Megan Sigler, Stephanie Gimmeson, Monica Lustig and Tanna Schlader.

Prairie fans wore pink to the game as well.

Prairie's socks even featured the Breast Cancer Awareness pink ribbon symbol. Photo by Loretta Riener.

These two Prairie fans even went so far as to paint their faces. Brings to mind the old Star Trek show where the two aliens had half-black, half white faces with the white on opposite sides.

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
  8-Troy, there, lost 0-3
10-Kendrick Tournament, won 2, lost 2 - beat Orofino 2-1, lost to Summit 0-2, beat C.V. 2-1, lost to Orofino 0-2 in 3rd place match
13-Kamiah, here, lost 0-3
15-Tri-match at Grangeville/Cascade, lost to Cascade 0-2, beat Grangeville 3-1
19-Kendrick, here, won 3-0
24-Prairie JV Tournament
24-Clarkston Tournament, TBA
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.
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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