Lady Pirates lose twice
The Prairie Lady Pirates volleyball team opened their 2012 season with a pair of home league losses last week.Krystin Uhlenkott winds up for a spike against Lapwai as Tyler Workman and Kelsey Tidwell watch.
On Tuesday, August 28 they won the first game then lost the next three to Lapwai 25-15, 18-25, 22-25, 23-25. On Thursday, August 30, they were swept by defending state champion Troy 13-25, 17-25, 18-25.
The opening game against Lapwai was close early on with Prairie leading just 14-12 when a bricked serve by Lapwai put freshman Hailey Danly on the service line. 2 aces, a kill by Leah Holthaus and a net violation by Lapwai gave Prairie a 19-12 lead.
Another freshman, Krystin Uhlenkott, added an ace and Holthaus was able to serve out the game scoring a jump serve ace  and then Danly scored the game-wining kill.
The second game was also close early on. Prairie trailed much of the way but never by more than 2 points and took the lead after an ace by Kelsey Tidwell and 2 kills by Uhlenkott at 13-11.
Lapwai came back to tie it at 14 then scored 6 straight points to take a 14-20 lead before bricking a serve.
Prairie managed just 3 more points, all on kills by Shelby VonBargen, as Lapwai outscored them down the stretch to win by 7.
In the third game Tyler Workman scored 3 straight kills to give Prairie a 3-1 lead but Lapwai came back to take a 4-10 lead.
Prairie was able to close the gap back down to 1 at 16-17 but couldnít ever get back the lead as they wound up losing the game by 3, 22-25.
Lapwai led early on in the fourth game but Prairie was able to come back and take the lead on service runs by Stephanie Gimmeson and Danly. A kill by VonBargen followed by 3 straight kills by Workman with Gimmeson serving cut a 7-13 deficit to 11-13. 
After a sideout, Workman scored another kill to put Danly on the service line. A kill by Workman, and 2 aces by Danly gave Prairie a 15-14 lead. A kill by Uhlenkott and another ace by Danly made it 17-14.
Tyler Workman blocks a Lapwai spike as she and Hailey Danly both go up for the block. Does closing your eyes help?Lapwai then got a run of their own to retake the lead at 18-20.
Prairie fought back to tie at 20, 21 and 23. When they tied the game at 23, Uhlenkottís spike hit the net hard enough that the antenna came loose. Getting that fixed effectively iced Prairie server Tanna Schlader as well as anything Lapwai couldíve done with a timeout and she missed her next serve and Lapwai was able to end the match with an ace.
For the match Workman had 11 kills including 1 stuff block and 1 ace. VonBargen had 10 kills including 2 stuffs. Uhlenkott had 9 kills and 4 aces. Holthaus had 5 kills, 2 aces and 3 assists. Danly had 23 assists, 3 kills and 8 aces. Schlader had 4 kills, 2 aces and 2 assists. Tidwell had 7 assists and 1 ace. Gimmeson had 4 aces and 1 back row kill and Cheryl Gehring had 1 kill.
Vs. Troy
In the opening game against Troy, Prairie led early on at 7-3 after a stuff block by VonBargen and a net violation against Troy.
The Trojans then took over outscoring Prairie 3-16 as they a 10-19 lead. Prairie managed 3 more points after that as they lost 13-25.
The second game was all Troy from the onset as the Trojans jumped out to leads of 0-5, 2-7 and 3-15.
Prairie was able to get back within 5 at 16-21 but wound up losing by 8.
Coach Cheyenne Hudson changed the lineup in the third game and Prairie took a 4-1 lead only to give up 5 straight points and fall behind 4-6.
A kill by Holthaus scored the sideout and Workman served 2 aces to put Prairie back on top 7-6.
A stuff block by VonBargen and a kill each by Uhlenkott and VonBargen gave Prairie a 12-8 lead before Troy scored the sideout.Shelby VonBargen goes for a block in the Troy match.
Troy scored 5 straight points to take a 12-13 lead and the best Prairie could do after that was tie the game at 13, 14 and 15 before falling behind for good as Troy won the third game and the match.
For the match VonBargen had 7 kills including 3 stuff blocks. Workman had 6 kills including 3 stuffs and 2 aces. Uhlenkott had 6 kills and 3 aces. Danly had 9 assists and 2 kills. Tidwell had 8 assists, 1 kill and 1 ace. Gehring had 2 kills and 1 assists. Holthaus had 1 kill and 3 aces. Schlader had 2 kills and 2 aces and Gimmeson had 1 back row kill.
With the losses Prairie is 0-2 both in league and overall.
JV girls split
The JV team was able to salvage a split on the week as they swept Lapwai 25-12, 25-14, 15-11 but lost to Troy 25-16, 22-25, 9-15.
In the opening game against Lapwai Prairie jumped out to a 19-6 as Talyss Lustig, Sarah Seubert, Holli Uhlorn, Natasha Gimmeson and Shayla VonBargen each served up at least 1 ace and Kayla Schumacher was a force at the net.
Schumacher added a 4-point service run to get the game to 24-8.
Lapwai mounted a mini-rally with 4 straight points before bricking a serve to end the game.
In the second game Sydney Glimp served Prairie to a 3-0 lead as Jessi Riener scored a pair of kills. Abbie Uhlenkott added an ace and then Riener put together a 5-point service run as Prairie took a 12-2 lead. She had 3 aces and Gimmeson added a kill.
Lapwai fought back to close the lead to 14-11 before Sierra Latimerís service dig wound up as a kill. Hannah Ross then served 4 aces and Glimp added a kill as Prairie stretched the lead back to 20-11.
Riener score a stuff block for the game winner as Prairie won by 11.
In the third game Prairie fell behind 0-3 but a kill by Schumacher ended the run and VonBargen served 3 straight aces and Schumacher added a kill for a 5-3 lead.
Prairie took a 12-6 lead after a pair of aces by Lauren Alfrey.
Lapwai rallied back within 12-10 before Seubert scored a kill.
After a trade of sideouts Kelli Heitman served an ace for the game-winner.
Against Troy the JVís dominated the opening game. Seubert served 5 aces and benefited from kills by Glimp and Nicole Wemhoff as Prairie took an 8-1 lead.
Keely Schmidt and Gimmeson each added 3-point run to push the lead to 20-10.
Prairie then held on to win by 9 as Schumacher served up 2 aces to finish it off.
In the second game Troy took a 1-4 lead but Prairie came back and took a 15-9 lead after a 4-point service run by Schumacher who had 2 aces with Uhlorn scoring a stuff block and Schmidt a kill.
Prairie still led 20-16 after an ace by Uhlorn and it appeared they were headed for a match win but Troy then came back, outscoring the Pirates 2-9 the rest of the way to pull out a 3-point win.
In the deciding third game Prairie never led although they kept it close until late, trailing just 9-10 when a bricked serve gave Troy control of the serve and they never gave it back.
The C team also lost to Troy by scores of 12-25, 15-25, 17-15.
Cheryl Gehring goes for the kill in the Lapwai match. Also shown are Kelsey Tidwell, Shelby VonBargen and Leah Holthaus.
Leah Holthaus hits the ball against Lapwai as Cheryl Gehring and Tyler Workman watch.

PIRATES GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2012
JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. 
AUGUST
28-Lapwai, here, lost 1-3
30-Troy, here (C, JV,V) 5 p.m., lost 0-3
SEPTEMBER
  4-Home Tri-match: vs. Potlatch, 5 p.m., vs. Grangeville, 8 p.m., beat Potlatch 3-2, beat Grangeville 3-1, details next week
  6-C.V., there
  8-Kendrick Tournament, TBA
11-Home Tri-Match: vs. Genesee, 5 p.m.; vs. Summit, 8 p.m.
12-JV at Sacajawea, 5 p.m.
13-Kamiah, there
15-Grangeville Tournament, TBA
18-Home Tri-match: vs. Highland, 5 p.m.; vs. Summit 8 p.m.
20-Troy, there, (C,JV,V) 5 p.m.
22-Pomeroy Tournament
22-Prairie JV Tournament
25-Lapwai, there
OCTOBER
  1-CV, here
  4-Tri-match at Grangeville: vs. Kamiah 5 p.m., vs. Gíville 6:30 p.m.
  9-Tri-match at Genesee, vs. Genesee, 5 p.m., vs. Potlatch, 6:30 p.m.
13-18-District at LCSC
26-27-State at Kimberly
Cottonwood, Idaho 83522
 

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