Lady Pirates win both ends of tri-match
The Prairie Lady Pirates picked up their first wins of the season as they defeated both Potlatch and Grangeville in a tri-match held at Cottonwood Tuesday, Sept. 4.
The night opened with a league match against Potlatch, which Prairie won in 5 games 21-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22 and 15-9. Oddly the team on the south side of the net was the winner of every game.
After Grangeville beat Potlatch in 3 games, the Lady Pirates took on the Bulldogs and won in 4 games by scores of 25-10, 25-22, 22-25 and 25-21.
Vs. Potlatch
Two kills by Krystin Uhlenkott and 3 service aces by Kelsey Tidwell staked Prairie to a 5-0 lead in the opening game against Potlatch. Krystin Uhlenkott tips the ball past Grangeville’s blockers as Shelby VonBargen watches and was ready if the ball got blocked.
Prairie still led at 15-10 when things started going the Loggers way. Service runs of 4 and 5 points by the Loggers put them into an 18-21 lead and the went on to win 21-25.
In the second game Prairie again took an early lead with Uhlenkott putting together a 7 point service run as Prairie took a 9-1 lead. Tyler Workman had 3 kills and a stuff block during that run.
Potlatch was able to close the margin to 4 a couple of times at 12-8 and 15-11. A bricked serve cut short Potlatch’s rally at 15-11 and Hailey Danly served 4 straight with Workman scoring kills on 3 of those to push the lead to 20-11. Prairie was then able to hold on for the 25-18 win.
The third game was close all the way as neither team led by more than 3 points.
Prairie led 22-19 late but a net violation followed by 3 aces by Potlatch made it 22-24. Potlatch served long to give Prairie a chance but the Pirates bricked a serve to end the game.
The fourth game was very similar to the third in that neither team could take much of a lead. The difference was the Prairie took a 22-18 lead after an ace by Stephanie Gimmeson and a kill by Workman and held on for a 25-22 win to tie the match at 2 games each.
In the decisive 5th game Uhlenkott scored 4 kills, Danly added 2 aces and Leah Holthaus added a kill as Prairie took a 7-0 lead.
Potlatch was able to pull within 2 at 11-9 but then had a net foul and Gimmeson finished off the match with 3 straight aces to give Prairie their first league win of the season.
Uhlenkott had 17 kills, 3 assists and 3 aces in the match. Workman had 17 kills including a stuff block, 1 assist and 1 ace. Holthaus had 14 kills, 3 assists and 2 aces. Gehring had 6 kills and 2 aces. Danly had 29 assists, 4 kills and 5 aces. Tidwell had 23 assists, 2 kills and 5 aces. Gimmeson had 3 back row kills and 5 aces. Tanna Schlader had 3 kills, 1 assist and an ace. Shelby VonBargen had 5 kills including a stuff plus an assist.
Vs. Grangeville
Tyler Workman’s face shows the effort she put into this spike against Grangeville.Despite the layoff while Potlatch and Grangeville played, Prairie seemed to carry the momentum from game 5 into game 1 of the Grangeville match as they jumped out to leads of 4-0 and 7-2 as Workman got two stuff blocks early and Danly served a couple of aces.
At 8-4 Grangeville bricked a served and  Schlader then served Prairie to a 15-4 lead. She had 2 aces while Uhlenkott scored a pair of kills and Shelby VonBargen and Danly each added a kill.
After a missed spike, VonBargen score a kill for a sideout and Gimmeson served 3 aces and added a kill from the back row as Prairie took a 20-5 lead.
Grangeville tried to rally but couldn’t gain any ground as Prairie won 25-10.
In the second game Grangeville jumped out to an early 2-7 lead and Prairie spent the rest of the game battling from behind.
2 aces by Cheryl Gehring and an ace by Gimmeson followed by a kill by Uhlenkott cut the lead to 12-13.
Grangeville was able to hang on to the lead though until a back row kill by Gimmeson and a stuff block by VonBargen tied the score at 18.
Grangeville answered with 3 straight points at which time Prairie called a timeout.
Gimmeson scored another winner from the back row but then each team bricked a serve.
That put Gimmeson on the service line. 2 aces, a “happy birthday” kill by Workman (where she gets set up for a kill at the net by a bad pass or set from the other side), another ace and a game winning kill by Uhlenkott and Prairie had a 2-0 lead in games. The final 3 points were the only times Prairie led in the game.
Game 3 was another battle with neither team gaining an advantage. The score was tied 12 times, the last at 20-20.
Grangeville was able to outscore Prairie 2-5 from that point on to salvage a game and force game 4.
Prairie came out strong in the fourth game as Danly served them to a 7-0 lead with 2 aces and 3 kills from Holthaus doing most of the damage.
Grangeville was able to pull within 7-4 but a kill by Uhlenkott for the sideout then 4 aces by Uhlenkott plus a stuff block by Workman put Prairie up 13-4.
Prairie led 16-10 after a kill by Schlader who then served 4 straight winners with an ace, 2 kills by Uhlenkott and a stuff by VonBargen giving Prairie a 20-10 lead.
Grangeville got the sideout then fought back into the match with a 6-point service run that cut the lead to 20-17.
Uhlenkott scored the sideout kill and Gimmeson served Prairie to match point with an ace, a kill by Workman and a stuff by Uhlenkott.
Grangeville managed the sideout and tried to rally with 3 more points to cut the lead to 24-21 before Uhlenkott scored the match winning kill.
Uhlenkott had 13 kills including a stuff and 6 aces in the match. Workman added 10 kills including 3 stuffs plus 4 aces. VonBargen had 8 kills including 4 stuffs. Gimmeson had 8 back row kills, 1 assists and 8 aces. Holthaus had 6 kills and 2 aces. Danly had 28 assists, 1 kill and 6 aces. Schlader had 3 kills and 3 aces. Tidwell had 4 assists. Gehring had 1 kill and 2 aces and Beka Bruner had 1 kill and 1 assist.

Lady Pirates rally to beat C.V.
The Prairie Lady Pirates played a pair of ugly games to dig themselves a 0-2 hole but then dominated in 3 straight games to win a league match over Clearwater Valley at Kooskia Thursday, Sept. 6 by scores of 20-25, 18-25, 25-15, 25-12, 15-7.Cheryl Gehring spikes the ball in the C.V. match.
In the opening game Prairie fell behind 1-5 but Krystin Uhlenkott served them to a 6-5 lead with 4 straight aces.
C.V. came tight back though taking advantage of missed spikes, net fouls and bricked serves by the Pirates to take a 14-22 lead by the time Uhlenkott went back to the service line. 
She served 2 aces but CV called a time out and iced her as she served her next one into the net and the Rams went on to win by 5.
Prairie tried a lineup change but again fell behind early and trailed at one point 11-21.
They managed to cut the lead to 5 at 17-22 but C.V. held on to take a 0-2 lead in games.
Facing a desperate situation Prairie came out strong in game 3 with Uhlenkott serving 4 aces as part of a 7-1 lead.
Tanna Schlader then served Prairie from a 10-4 to 16-4 lead with 4 aces plus a kill each by Uhlenkott and Shelby VonBargen.
Prairie led 20-7 before C.V. could finally string some points together but they got no closer than 23-12 as Prairie wound up winning by 10.
Facing another must-win game Prairie again jumped on top with Tyler Workman starting the scoring with a stuff and Hailey Danly then serving 3 aces for a 4-0 lead.
Prairie led just 10-6 when Stephanie Gimmeson scored a back row kill for the sideout.
With Schlader serving, Uhlenkott scored 2 kills followed by 2 aces by Schlader and a kill by VonBargen for a 16-6 lead.
Three aces by Gimmeson after a kill by Uhlenkott made it 21-8.
Uhlenkott wound up serving an ace down the sideline for the game-winner to force a deciding 5th game.
C.V. actually led 3-4 in the fifth game before Gimmeson’s service dig went over the net for a kill to knot the score at 4.
Leah Holthaus, who had trouble with her jump serve earlier, went with a standard flat-footed serve and scored 5 straight aces to make it 9-4, forcing C.V. to use up both of their timeouts.
After a trade of sideouts, a kill by Uhlenkott and an ace by Schlader made it 12-5.
A hitting error gave C.V. back the serve but another back row kill by Gimmeson and an ace by Gimmeson pushed Prairie to match point at 14-6.
She missed her next serve but Prairie got the match winner on a kill by Workman.
For the match Uhlenkott had 15 kills and 11 aces while VonBargen had 9 kills. Workman had 5 kills including 2 stuff blocks. Gimmeson had 4 back row kills, 2 assists and 4 aces. Holthaus had 4 kills, 3 assists and 9 aces. Schlader had 4 kills 1 assist and 8 aces. Danly had 21 assists, 2 kills and 4 aces. Kelsey Tidwell and 4 assists and 2 aces. Cheryl Gehring had 1 ace.
With the win Prairie improves to 2-2 in league play and 3-2 overall.

Lady Pirates take third at Kendrick Tournament
The Prairie Lady Pirates took third place at the Kendrick Tournament Saturday, Sept. 8, losing only to Asotin, which wound up winning the tournament.
Stephanie Gimmeson goes for a back row kill in the Kendrick Tournament.  At left is Leah Holthaus and in the foreground is Krystin Uhlenkott.They defeated Kootenai 25-11, 25-15 then lost to Asotin 23-25, 24-26 to finish second in pool play. They then defeated Clearwater Valley 25-8, 25-13 in the consolation semifinals and host Kendrick 25-21, 25-12 in the third place match.
Timberline won the pool that played in the Juliaetta grade school gym over Highland, C.V. and Logos and wound up taking second to Asotin.
Vs. Kootenai
In their opening match against Kootenai High School of Harrison, Leah Holthaus served 3 straight aces and Shelby VonBargen added a kill as Prairie took a 7-4 lead.
After a sideout VonBargen and Krystin Uhlenkott had a kill each and Cheryl Gehring had 2 aces to make it 11-5.
At 17-11 Kelsey Tidwell missed on a set but wound up with a kill that put Uhlenkott on the service line. 3 aces, a kill by Tyler Workman and 3 more aces and prairie had a 25-11 win.
Workman scored a kill to start the second game and Hailey Danly serve Prairie to a 6-0 lead with 2 aces plus a kill each by Uhlenkott, Danly and Holthaus.
Kootenai was able to close within 4 at 8-4 and 16-12 but Prairie pulled away again each time and wound up winning by 10.
Vs. Asotin
Prairie started will against Asotin as Danly serve Prairie to a 3-0 lead. 
Asotin came back to tie it at 6-6 but Prairie led most of the game.
Holthaus served Prairie to an 11-7 lead with an ace plus a kill each by Tanna Schlader and VonBargen.
Prairie still led at 19-16 after a bricked served by Asotin but then stalled out as Asotin scored the sideout and then the next 5 points to take their first lead of the game at 19-22.
A kill and then an ace by Schlader cut the lead to 21-22 but Asotin scored the sideout and then got to game point with an ace.Leah Holthaus makes a pass during the Kendrick Tournament as Tanna Schlader was ready in case Holthaus missed it.
A tip by Danly staved off 1 game point and Prairie got a break as Asotin was out of rotation on a missed served to get to 23-24. Another missed serve though ended the game in Asotin’s favor.
Asotin jumped out to a 0-6 lead in the second game but Prairie fought back to take a 9-8 lead as Uhlenkott had a 5-point service run which included 3 aces.
The game stayed close the rest of the way with Prairie taking their final lead at 23-22 on a left-handed tip by VonBargen.
Prairie then killed any chance of winning the game and forcing a decisive third game with bad serving as they missed the ensuing serve to tie the game and after Asotin got to match point and bricked their own serve to tie the game at 24, Prairie missed on another serve to give Asotin another match point chance which they converted.
That took Prairie out of any chance of winning the tournament.
Vs. C.V.
In a rematch with C.V., who they had beaten in 5 games 2 nights earlier, Prairie didn’t give the Rams a chance.
Holthaus, who missed every jump serve she tried in the match at Kooskia, scored 3 aces in a row on jump serves to give Prairie an 11-5 lead. 
After trading sideouts, Schlader served 3 aces in a row and then benefited from a kill each by Uhlenkott, Danly and VonBargen as Prairie made it 18-6.
Danly wound up serving out the game with 4 straight aces.
In the second game Uhlenkott served 3 aces and Holthaus added a kill as Prairie jumped on top 5-1.
C.V. pulled within 9-6 but a kill by Gehring and then a pair of aces by her plus a kill from Uhlenkott made it 13-6.
Stephanie Gimmeson then added her own service run as she took over at 14-8 and served 8 straight, 6 of them aces with Workman and Uhlenkott each adding a kill.
C.V. was able to score the next 4 points but Prairie held on to win by 12.
Vs. Kendrick
The first game against Kendrick in the third place match was close all the way as the final score equaled the biggest lead of the game on either side.
Kendrick’s last lead was at 10-11 with a tip by VonBargen scoring the sideout and an ace by Gimmeson giving Prairie the lead. Kendrick was able to tie the score at 13 and 14 but a free ball winner by Workman gave Prairie the lead for good at 15-14.
Workman then served 3 straight aces to make it 18-14.
Kendrick was able to cut the lead back to 1 at 22-21 before a bricked serve put Danly on the service line. She served up 2 aces to end the game.
In the second game Tidwell served Prairie to a 3-0 lead with 2 aces plus a kill by Workman. Workman added another kill and Uhlenkott served 3 aces to make it 8-1.
Kendrick was able to come back and cut the lead to 11-8 but a stuff block by VonBargen ended that rally.
Prairie scored 10 of the next 11 points to take a 22-9 lead with Gehring serving 2 of those points and Gimmeson 7 of them.
Kendrick was able to score the next 3 but bricked a serve to end their own run. Tidwell then served 2 aces to end the match.
For the day Uhlenkott had 24 kills, 3 assists and 20 aces. Workman had 22 kills including a stuff block and 6 aces. VonBargen had 14 kills including 2 stuffs. Holthaus had 7 kills, 2 assists and 9 aces. Danly had 7 kills, 39 assists and 12 aces. Schlader had 7 kills including a stuff, 2 assists and 4 aces. Gehring had 5 kills and 5 aces. Tidwell had 2 kills, 28 assists and 10 aces. Gimmeson had 3 back row kills, 4 assists and 14 aces. Beka Bruner had 1kill.
With the 3-1 match record on the day Prairie improves to 6-3 on the season.
Kelsey Tidwell sets the ball for Shelby VonBargen during the Kootenai match at the Kendrick Tournament.
Tyler Workman makes a block against Potlatch.
Tanna Schlader spikes the ball during the Kendrick Tournament.
Beka Bruner makes a pass in the Potlatch match as Stephanie Gimmeson, left, and Krystin Uhlenkott look on.

Lady Pirates and Patriots at Grangeville Tournament
The Prairie Lady Pirates and Summit Academy Lady Patriots are at the Grangeville Tournament this Saturday, Sept. 15.
They will start play at 9 a.m. in Pool B play against Nezperce at the Grangeville Elementary/Middle School gym.
They will play Timberline at noon and Summit Academy at 2 p.m.
Deary, Grangeville, Highland and Kamiah are in Pool A which will be playing at GHS.
At 3 p.m. the 1st  place from pool A will play the 2nd place from pool B at GHS followed by the other 1-2 matchup at 4 p.m.
Also at 3 p.m. the third place from pool A will place the 4th place from pool B with the other 3-4 matchup to follow at 4 p.m., both matches at GEMS.
At 5 p.m. the winners at GHS will play for the championship.
Matches are best 2 of 3, first 2 games to 25 points and third game if necessary to 15.

JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. 
28-Lapwai, here, lost 1-3
30-Troy, here (C, JV,V) 5 p.m., lost 0-3
  4-Home Tri-match: vs. Potlatch, 5 p.m., vs. Grangeville, 8 p.m., beat Potlatch 3-2, beat Grangeville 3-1
  6-C.V., there, won 3-2
  8-Kendrick Tournament, TBA, beat Kootenai 2-0, lost to Asotin 0-2, beat C.V. 2-0, beat Kendrick 2-0,  placed third
11-Home Tri-Match: vs. Genesee, 5 p.m.; vs. Summit, 8 p.m., lost to Genesee 0-3, beat Summit 3-0, details next week
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
  1-CV, here
  4-Tri-match at Grangeville: vs. Kamiah 5 p.m., vs. G’ville 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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