Lady Pirates at Border Battle
The Prairie Lady Pirates were competitive all day with the 5 Washington schools in the second annual Border Battle Tournament held at Clarkston Saturday, Sept. 24, but were able to win just 4 of 15 games played.Tyler Workman and Sam Poxleitner walled off this Clarkston spike attempt. In the background is Tanna Schlader.
Still that was enough to help Idaho defeat Washington 39-36. Megan Sigler was named to the all-tournament team.
Prairie opened the day against Dayton and lost 13-25, 27-25, 15-17. Next they played St. John-Endicott and won 14-25, 25-13, 15-11. Next up was Pomeroy who swept them 24-26, 22-25, 11-15. Against Asotin they lost 25-18, 22-25, 8-15. In their final match they were swept by Clarkston 21-25, 18-25, 6-15.
Vs. Dayton
In the first game against Dayton, Prairie trailed just 11-12 midway through but Dayton then got on a roll and finished out the game 2-13.
In the second game Prairie was able to lead early at 9-4 after a pair of aces by Monica Lustig but Dayton came back to take an 11-13 lead and eventually led by as much as 14-21.
Prairie mounted their comeback starting with Lustig’s next service turn. She served 5 straight aces to pull Prairie within 1 at 20-21. They eventually tied it at 23-23 on an ace by Stephanie Gimmeson.
Dayton got to game point with a kill but Sigler scored a kill to tie it at 24. A missed spike gave Dayton another game point chance but Cheryl Gehring scored a kill to tie it at 25.
Leah Holthaus served an ace to give Prairie their first game-point chance and they took advantage as Tyler Workman scored the game-winning kill.
In the third game MeShel Rad served for 5 straight points with 2 aces plus a kill each by Lustig and Workman and a stuff block by Workman to give Prairie a 7-2 lead.
Prairie held the lead until Dayton tied it at 11-11 and again at 12-12.
A kill each by Sigler and Lustig gave Prairie a match point chance at 14-12 but Dayton scored 2 straight to tie it.
A stuff by Rad gave Prairie another match point chance but a net foul against Prairie tied it at 15 and Dayton then scored the next 2 points to win the game and the match.
Vs St. John-Endicott
Possibly still reeling from the end of the Dayton match Prairie didn’t show up for their first game against St. John-Endicott as they were blown out, trailing 4-17 at one point.
Demetria Riener goes for a kill from the back row in the Dayton match.They bounced back in the second game though as Sigler served them to a 3-0 lead with 2 aces plus a kill by Rad.
After a pair of sideouts Rad served 3 straight aces to make it 7-2.
The game then went back and forth for a bit until Sam Poxleitner scored a kill to make it 12-8 and put Demetria Riener at the service line. Riener served up 6 straight points including 3 aces with Poxleitner adding 2 kills and Rad another as Prairie pushed out to an 18-8 lead and went on to win the game by 12.
In the deciding game it was another service run by Riener that gave Prairie some room to work with. They led just 9-7 when she went to the service line for a 4-point run that put them up by 6 at 13-7. She had 3 more aces and Poxleitner added another kill.
Prairie went on to win 15-11 for their only match win of the day.
Vs Pomeroy
In the first game against Pomeroy Prairie jumped out to the early lead and led by as many as 9 points twice.Megan Sigler goes for a kill against Asotin as MeShel Rad watches.
They led 14-5 after 3 straight aces by Gimmeson and led 23-14 after a kill each by Sigler and Rad.
Pomeroy then scored a sideout and Prairie was unable to solve their next server. 7 aces plus a couple of Pomeroy kills later and prairie trailed 23-24.
Rad scored a kill to tie the game at 24 but Pomeroy scored the next 2 points to finish off a huge comeback.
The second game was a close battle all the way as neither team could gain much of an advantage. Prairie led much of the way early on but led by no more than 3 points at 10-7 and 17-14.
Pomeroy again put on the finishing kick though as they turned that 3-point deficit into a 3 point lead at 20-23 before finishing off the game.
They played a third game because all matches were 3 games and Pomeroy dominated early on as they took a 0-8 lead right off the bat.
That turned out to be too big a hole to dig out of as Prairie fought back behind the serving of Gehring and Lustig to pull within 8-11 but wound up losing by 4.
Vs Asotin
MeShel Rad puts the ball between two Pomeroy defenders.Against an Asotin team they had beaten at the Kendrick Tournament Prairie started well as they pushed to the early lead but couldn’t shake the Panthers.
Despite never trailing in the game, Prairie also never led by more than 3 until late in the game.
Prairie finally pulled away late after a service dig by Gimmeson wound up as a kill for a sideout.
With Sigler serving Rad scored a stuff and a kill while Sigler served up 2 aces as Prairie won 25-18.
In the second game it appeared Prairie would never hold the lead as Asotin took a 0-3 lead and held it until Prairie finally broke through for a 15-14 lead on an ace by Riener.
Asotin came back with 5 straight points but with Sigler serving Prairie answered with a 6 straight to take the lead back. Sigler scored a kill for the sideout that put her on the service line and she served 5 straight aces to make it 22-20.
Prairie hit a wall at that point though as Asotin finally returned a serve and won the point then served out the game.
Asotin pretty much controlled the third game as they pulled away for a 7-point win.
Vs Clarkston
Prairie played the host team in their final match of the day and jumped out to a 4-0 lead on kills by Tanna Schlader, Rad and Lustig plus an ace by Sigler.
That lead didn’t last long though as Clarkston scored 5 straight and the match was on.
Prairie managed to retake the lead and led most of the way until late. Prairie took their final lead at 18-17 on a kill by Poxleitner but were outscored 3-8 the rest of the way.
In the second game Prairie led just twice at 2-1 and 9-8 as Clarkston controlled most of the way.
It was close though until at 16-18 Clarkston put on a finishing 2-7 stretch to win by 7.
In the final game a 7 point service run by Clarkston put the Bantams in control as they went on to a 9-point win.
For the day Sigler earned her all-tournament team spot with 26 kills including a stuff, 68 assists and 14 aces.
Rad had 27 kills including 3 stuffs, 3 assists and 13 aces.
Workman had 27 kills including 5 stuffs and 2 assists.
Lustig had 22 kills, 44 assists and 15 aces.
Poxleitner had 21 kills while Schlader had 8 kills and 6 aces. Gehring and Holthaus had 7 kills and 2 aces each. Riener had 2 kills and 13 aces while Gimmeson had 3 kills and 9 aces.
Monica Lustig sends a spike down the line in the Dayton match as the defender expects a hit toward the middle.
Tanna Schlader spikes the ball against Dayton as Sam Poxleitner watches.

Lady Pirates at Genesee Tournament this Saturday
The Prairie Lady Pirates will compete in the Pea & Lentil Spike-Off at Genesee on Saturday, Oct. 1.
They get an early start as they will play Grangeville at 8 a.m. in the Auxiliary Gym.  They then sit out two matches before playing Pomeroy. They’ll end round-robin play against Kamiah.
The top 2 teams from each pool advance to championship round action while the other two teams play in consolation rounds.
Matches are best 2 of 3 to 25 with third game to 15.
Teams in the other pool are Genesee, Orofino, Deary and Timberlake (from Rathdrum).

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-Clarkston Tournament, TBA, won 4 of 15 games played, Idaho defeated Washington 39-36
27-Highland, here, won 3-0 details next week
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.
29th— C.V., there (changed to an away game)
4th—at Timberline, 4:30
11th— Orofino, here
13th— Highland, here
18th—Kamiah, here
20th—Grangeville, here
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