Lady Pirates out after 2 matches at State
The Prairie Lady Pirates first appearance at State since 2003 didnít last very long as they were ousted in two matches Friday, Oct. 28 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston.
In the first round they faced District 3 champion Horseshoe Bend, who was undefeated coming into the tournament, and lost 25-18, 8-25, 21-25, 16-25. Later on Friday they faced Hagerman and were eliminated 25-27, 9-25, 25-17, 24-26.
Vs Horseshoe Bend
In the opening game it was close until Demetria Riener took her turn at the service line. At that point Prairie had just closed Demetria Riener makes a pass in the Hagerman match at State. At left is Monica Lustig and Sam Poxleitner is in the background.within 15-16 on a kill by Monica Lustig. Riener then served 8 straight points to push Prairie to a 23-16 lead. She had 4 aces while Sam Poxleitner added 3 kills and Tanna Schlader scored another on what amounted to a bad pass on her part.
The Mustangs finally scored the sideout and then added an ace service. On the next serve though Rienerís service dig found the floor on the Mustangs side for a kill and Stephanie Gimmeson served up an ace for the game-winner.
As good as Prairie looked in that 11-2 finish of the first game, they looked that bad in the second game. Hitting errors, setting errors, service errors, you name it, as the Mustangs took leads of 0-3, 3-13 and 4-20 on the way to an easy win.
Itís highly likely if they hadnít let Horseshoe Bend dominate that second game, they wouldíve been the one to face Troy on Saturday morning.
The third game was a battle back and forth with neither team building much of an advantage until the very end.
Prairie lead at 8-5 and 15-12 but the Mustangs came back to take the lead each time. 
Horseshoe Bend led 19-21 when Lustig scored a kill for a sideout and MeShel Rad followed with a kill to tie the game. 
Horseshoe Bend then called a timeout and followed that with a sideout. They then served out the game to take a 2 games to 1 lead.
In game 4 the Mustangs jumped out to a 0-4 lead but then bricked a served and Megan Sigler was able to serve Prairie back into the game with 4 straight points on an ace with Rad adding a kill and 2 blocks for a 5-4 lead.
It stayed closed until Horseshoe Bend scored a sideout to take the lead for good at 11-12. They scored the next 4 points to take a 5-point lead and after trading sideouts pushed the lead to 7 at 12-19.
Prairie couldnít get any closer than 5 at 15-20 the rest of the way as Horseshoe Bend held on to win the game and the match.
Lustig had 12 kills, 14 assists and an ace in the match. Rad had 12 kills including 3 stuffs plus 2 aces. Poxleitner had 8 kills. Sigler had 6 kills, 22 assists and 2 aces. Schlader had 5 kills, 2 assists and 3 aces. Tyler Workman had 4 kills. Riener had 2 kills and 5 aces. Gimmeson had 2 aces.
Vs. Hagerman
Prairie got off to a bad start in their loser out match against Hagerman as they fell behind 0-6.
Hagerman then bricked a served and Rad served Prairie back into it. She had 4 aces in a 6 points run with Workman and Schlader each adding a kill as Prairie took a 7-6 lead. A Hagerman timeout broke Radís service rhythm and her next serve went long.
Prairie took another brief lead at 13-12 but Hagerman took the lead back and led 14-19 and 18-24.
Megan Sigler goes up for a spike against Horseshoe Bend at State. At left is MeShel Rad and at right is Monica Lustig.Workman scored a kill to stave off game point and Riener then served an ace with 2 kills by Poxleitner and a kill each by Sigler and Rad enabling Prairie to tie the game at 24-24. At that point Prairie all of a sudden couldnít serve anymore as Rienerís next serve went into the net. Rad scored a kill to re-tie the game at 25 but Gimmeson followed with another serve into the net and Hagerman was able to score the game-winning point.
Hagerman again jumped out to a big early lead, this time at 0-7, but this time Prairie didnít bounce back as they repeated their second game effort from their first match of the day.
In the third game Prairie finally was able to score first as Lustig opened the scoring with a kill.
After trading sideouts Prairie was able to take the lead as Rad served 2 aces and Lustig stuffed a Hagerman spike attempt.
Hagerman was able to cut the lead to 5-4 but Prairie answered by pushing the lead out to 11-5 on 2 aces by Lustig.
Two aces by Sigler helped push the lead to 19-10.
Hagerman pulled back within 6 at 21-15 but an ace by Schlader and a kill by Poxleitner followed by an ace by Lustig enabled Prairie to win the game and get back into the match.
In game 4 Prairie took a 2-0 lead on a kill each by Sigler and Rad and pushed it to 5-1 on a Rad kill for a sideout and 2 aces from Rad.
An ace by Gimmeson followed by a kill by Schlader had Prairie up 13-6 but the Pirates couldnít hold it as Hagerman was able to come back and tie the game at 16-16.
Prairie answered with 4 straight on a kill by Schlader, 2 kills by Poxleitner and an ace by Schlader to make it 20-16.
Hagerman answered again though and came back to take the lead at 22-23.
A kill by Poxleitner tied it at 23 but Hagerman scored a kill to get to match point.
They gave Prairie new life with a bricked served that tied it at 24 but Hagerman scored another kill for the sideout and then scored the match-winning point.
For the match Schlader had 12 kills and 3 aces. Poxleitner also had 12 kills. Rad had 10 kills including 2 blocks and 9 aces.
Workman had 6 kills including a stuff. Sigler had 4 kills, 2 aces and 22 assists. Lustig had 3 kills including a stuff, 5 aces and 15 assists.
Riener had 3 aces and Gimmeson had a kill and 2 aces.
With the losses Prairie ends the season with a 17-13 record.
Tanna Schlader makes a pass against Horseshoe Bend as MeShel Rad watches.
MeShel Rad tips the ball past a Hagerman blocker as Sam Poxleitner watches.
Stephanie Gimmeson serves the ball against Horseshoe Bend.
Tyler Workman tries to spike the ball past Hagerman's 6 foot plus middle blocker.

Theresa Lustig was presented with the sportsmanship t-shirt for Prairie at the State Volleyball Tournament. The team and coaches
vote on who is to received the award. Photo by Loretta Riener.

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
29-Deary, here, won 3-0
  1-Genesee Tournament, TBA, Beat Grangeville twice and Deary once, lost to Pomeroy and Kamiah, won consolation title
  4-Tri-match here, vs. Potlatch, vs. Grangeville, beat Potlatch 3-0, beat Grangeville 3-0
  6-CV, Kamiah, V only, 5 p.m., beat C.V. 3-0, lost to Kamiah 2-3
11-Timberline, here, won 3-0
15, 17, 19-District at LCSC--beat C.V. 3-1, lost to Troy 2-3, beat Kendrick 3-1, beat Lapwai 3-1, third at District, qualify for State.
28-29-State at Lewiston, Lost to Horsehoe Bend 1-3, lost to Hagerman 1-3

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated. 
*indicates league game
15-Nezperce, here
17-C.V, here
18-Kendrick, there
22-Troy, there
28-Timberline, here
29-Potlatch, here*
  1-Grangeville, there, JV only 
  2-Grangeville, hhere, Idaho County Shootout
  6-C.V., there*
  8-Genesee, there*
10-Kamiah, there
12-Troy, here*
16-Grangeville, there
  3-Highland, here
  6-Lapwai, there*
10-Deary, there*
13-Nezperce, there
19-Kendrick, here*
20-Kamiah, here
24-Summit, here
Jan. 30, Feb 1, 3, 6 , 8 & 10-District at LCSC
Feb. 11-State Play-In game at St. Maries
Feb. 16-18-State at Nampa
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