Lady Pirates split tri-match
The Prairie Lady Pirates split a tri-match with Genesee and Summit Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the PJHS gym.
In the opening match Prairie lost 3 tough games to Genesee in a league match 18-25, 25-27 and 22-25.
Genesee then swept Summit Academy 3-25, 10-25 and 7-25.
In the final match of the evening Prairie defeated Summit 25-17, 25-11 and 25-8.
The two Summit matches were non-league matches.
Prairie vs. Genesee
In the opening game against Genesee Prairie jumped out to an 8-1 lead with Hailey Danly serving 7 of those points. She had 4 aces while Krystin Uhlenkott scored 2 kills and Tyler Workman added another..Shelby VonBargen tries to guide her spike past a Genesee blocker as Hailey Danly looks on.
After a timeout Genesee started to work their way back into the game though and finally took the lead at 14-15 and then scored the next 5 points to make it 14-20.
Prairie broke the run with a kill by Workman and Leah Holthaus and Workman combined on a stuff block to make it 16-20 but Genesee then pulled away to win by 7.
Genesee led early in the second game but Prairie was able to take a 12-7 lead with a 5-point service run by Schlader where Shelby VonBargen collected 2 kills and a stuff. 
Prairie still led at 20-14 after a kill by Schlader but Genesee scored a sideout and then trimmed the lead to just 1 at 20-19 before bricking a serve.
The two teams traded several sideouts until a sideout kill by Uhlenkott was followed with a stuff by Workman that ended a very well contested point. That gave Prairie a game-point chance at 24-22.
Genesee scored the next 3 points though for their own game point chance at 24-25.
Prairie managed to tie it at 25 but Genesee was able to score the final two points to take a 2-0 lead in games.
Prairie jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 9-3 in the third game only to have Genesee work their way back to take a 15-17 lead.
2 kills by Workman tied the score and an ace by Uhlenkott followed by another kill by Workman made it 19-17.
Genesee tied it but a kill by Cheryl Gehring gave Prairie their final lead at 20-19.
Genesee scored the next 3 points but a kill each by Schlader and VonBargen tied the score at 22. Genesee then scored the final 3 points to win the match.
Schlader had 11 kills and 1 ace in the match. Uhlenkott had 10 kills including a stuff and 2 aces. Workman had 10 kills including 2 stuffs and 3 aces. VonBargen had 6 kills including 2 stuffs. Danly had 26 assists, 2 kills and 6 aces. Brooke Schumacher, in her first action of the season after recovering from an appendectomy, had 3 kills, 1 assist and an ace. Holthaus had 2 stuff blocks. Stephanie Gimmeson had 3 assists.
Summit vs. Genesee
In Summit’s match against Genesee the Bulldogs jumped on the young Patriots from the start and never let up.
In the opening game Summit was limited to just 3 points with 2 coming on bricked Genesee serves. Rachael Frei scored a kill for the only other point.
In the second game Summit actually had a lead when Megan Rehder served an ace to open the game. 
It didn’t last long though as Genesee scored the next 4 points and led 1-4, 2-7, 3-11, 4-14 and 5-20 as they scored 3 or more points to each 1 by Summit on their way to a 15-point win.
The final game was more of the same as Summit managed just 7 points.
Sarah Chmelik had 5 kills and 2 aces in the game for the Patriots. Megan Seubert had 3 kills including a stuff block. Frei had 2 kills. Megan Rehder had 6 assists and 1 ace. Jolene Chmelik had 1 assist.
Prairie vs. Summit
STanna Schlader makes a pass in the Genesee match as her cousin Brooke Schumacher, in her first action of the season, looks on.ummit was a little more competitive against Prairie but the Lady Pirates still dominated winning all 3 games by good margins.
Kelsey Tidwell served Prairie to a 4-0 lead with 2 aces plus a kill each from Uhlenkott and Workman.
After a sideout Prairie came back with 5 more points as Uhlenkott served 2 aces while Leah Holthaus and Workman each added a kill.
Summit was able to rally back and cut the deficit to just 3 points at 18-15 on an ace by Sarah Chmelik.
Prairie then got a kill from Schumacher and an ace from Holthaus and after trading sideouts, a pair of aces from Gehring to make it 23-16.
Summit scored the sideout but a kill by Uhlenkott gave Prairie back the serve and a kill by Workman ended the game.
Workman scored a kill to open the second game and Tidwell then served Prairie to a 7-0 lead with 3 aces plus 2 kills by Schumacher and one by Workman.
3 aces by Workman helped get the score to 13-2.
Summit was able to get it down to 10 at 16-6 but a kill by VonBargen and 3 aces by Gimmeson made it 20-6.
Summit was able to shave 3 points off the lead at 22-11 but a kill by Holthaus and 2 aces by Workman ended the game.
Tidwell served 4 straight aces to start the third game before missing a serve.
Summit added a point on a stuff block by Chmelik but then bricked a serve and Schumacher served 2 aces with Workman and Holthaus adding a kill each and Schumacher picking up a back row kill to make it 10-2.
After a trade of sideouts Workman had 4 straight aces to make it 15-3.
3 aces each by Gehring and Gimmeson helped Prairie finish off the match with a 17-point win.
For Prairie Workman had 7 kills and 9 aces. Schumacher had 7 kills and 2 aces. Uhlenkott had 4 kills, 1 assist and 3 aces. VonBargen had 4 kills. Holthaus had 3 kills and 1 ace. Tidwell had 24 assists, 1 kill and 9 aces. Gehring had 3 kills and 7 aces. Gimmeson had 1 kill, 1 assist and 6 aces. Beka Bruner had 2 kills.
For Summit Sarah Chmelik had 6 kills including a stuff and 5 aces. Rehder had 3 assists. Frei had 1 kills. Julia Osborne had 1 kill and 1 ace and Jolene Chmelik had 1 ace.

Lady Pirates swept at Kamiah
In their first league matchup against Kamiah in several years the Prairie Lady Pirates struggled on the Kubs home floor, getting swept 15-25, 18-25 and 19-25.
They had a lot of trouble getting spikes past Kamiah’s Shelby Cloninger who had 11 blocks in the match.
With the loss Prairie drops to 2-4 in league play and 7-5 overall.
The JV team easily won their match at Kamiah by scores of 25-8 and 25-17.

Lady Pirates win Grangeville Tournament
On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Prairie Lady Pirates traveled through the smoke across the prairie to Grangeville where they came away with the championship of the Grangeville Tournament.Hailey Danly sets the ball for Tyler Workman at the Grangeville Tournament in the first Deary match.
Summit Academy also took part in the tournament.
Action was supposed to take place at both the high school and elementary/middle school gyms but it was all moved to the high school due to problems at the other gym. Then another wrinkle was thrown in when Timberline was unable to make it to the tournament. This was remedied by having teams from the other pool cross over to fill in where Timberline was scheduled since the object of these tournaments is to get teams more game action.
Prairie opened the day against Nezperce and  won 25-23, 25-16. They next played Deary, who crossed over from the other pool and Prairie lost a very competitive match by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 13-15. In their third match and final pool match they defeated Summit 25-15, 26-24.
In championship bracket action they got a measure of revenge against Kamiah, who had swept them 2 nights earlier, 21-25, 25-20, 15-9. 
In the championship match they faced Deary again and totally reversed the earlier match as this time they lost the first game and then won the next two by scores of 19-25, 25-16, 15-5.
Summit meanwhile opened against Grangeville, who crossed over from the other pool, and lost 8-25, 16-25. Next they played Nezperce and were blown out in the first game 7-25 but won the second game 25-23 but lost the third game 10-15.
After losing to Prairie they faced Highland in consolation bracket action where the winner was to face Grangeville for the consolation title. Summit took Highland to the limit but lost 22-25, 25-15, 8-15 to end their day.
We will recap the Prairie and Summit matches in the order they occurred.
Prairie vs. Nezperce
Prairie opened the day with a tough battle against Nezperce. 
Prairie was in control much of the opening game, with their biggest lead coming at 21-14.  Nezperce then began to rally and cut the lead to 23-22 before Krystin Uhlenkott scored a kill to get to game point. 
Nezperce score a sideout to delay the finish but their server was called for a rare foot fault (stepping over the line before striking the ball) to end the game.
The second game was much like the first early on except Nezperce was the one in the lead much of the way. They led by as many as 4 at 8-12 before bricking a serve. 
Cheryl Gehring took over at the service line and had probably her best service run of the season as she had 4 aces with a back row kill be her and a kill by Uhlenkott helping Prairie take a 15-12 lead.
Nezperce was able to keep it close until Uhlenkott took over at the service line with the score at 19-15. She served 3 straight aces then Brooke Schumacher stuffed a Nezperce spike attempt and Uhlenkott served another ace to get to match point at 24-15. 
Nezperce’s Kelsie Seitz scored a kill to keep them alive but their next server hucked one into the net to end the match.
Summit vs. Grangeville
Shelby VonBargen and Leah Holthaus watch the ball come down on Kamiah’s side of the net after Shelby’s block.Summit’s first match of the day was supposed to have been against Division 2 league foe Timberline. Instead they got host Grangeville who jumped out to a 0-9 lead on the Patriots.
Summit got back into the game with a service run by Sarah Chmelik that reduced the deficit to 6-10. She had 2 aces while Megan Seubert had a pair of kills.
Grangeville ended that run though and scored the next 7, allowed a couple of Summit points and then finished the game with a 0-8 run.
The second game was a lot more competitive, a theme Summit would repeat throughout the day. 
Rachael Frei served Summit to a 4-3 lead with 3 straight aces and after Grangeville took back the lead at 4-6, Megan Rehder served the Patriots to an 11-6 lead with a kill by Seubert followed by 4 straight aces.
Grangeville came right back though to retake the lead at 13-12.
Summit was able to grab the lead one more time at 16-15 after a kill be Seubert, an ace by Rachel Waters and a free ball winner by Chmelik.
Grangeville scored a sideout though and scored the final 10 points to end the match.
Summit vs. Nezperce
Summit’s second opponent was league foe Nezperce who the Patriots have lost twice to already.
Nezperce looked to make it an easy win again as they jumped out to a 0-7 lead and wound up cruising to an easy 7-25 win.
In the second game Summit took a 4-1 lead as Rehder served an ace and Waters and Seubert each picked up kills.
Nezperce came back though to build an 8-15 lead.
The Indians still led 13-18 when a kill be Seubert scored a sideout.
Frei served 2 aces and Seubert added a kill to cut the lead to 17-18.
After a trade of sideouts, Summit was able to retake the lead on a tip kill by Frei and an ace by Rehder.
The score was tied at 20, 21 and 22 before a bricked serve by Nezperce gave Summit a 23-22 lead.
Waters served an ace to get to game point but Nezperce was able to score a sideout.
The game ended on a strange play as Nezperce was called for an illegal substitution for the game point.
Summit kept the deciding third game close until late as they held an 8-6 lead lead after an ace by Osborne and 2 kills by Chmelik had erased a 4-6 deficit.
Nezperce came back to retake the lead at 8-9 but then missed a serve. 
The quickly scored the sideout though and took a 9-14 lead.
A stuff block by Seubert kept Summit alive but Nezperce clinched it on the next serve to win the match.
Prairie vs. Deary
The crossover match where Deary played in Timberline’s spot, turned out to be a championship preview.
The opening game went back and forth early on as the score was tied 7 times, the last at 18-18 when Uhlenkott scored a sideout kill that put Stephanie Gimmeson on the service line.Tyler Workman smashes a spike against Kamiah as Krystin Uhlenkott and Hailey Danly watch.
Gimmeson put Prairie in control with a 5-point service run as Workman and Uhlenkott dominated at the net with 2 kills each while Gimmeson added an ace to put Prairie on top 23-18.
Deary scored a sideout but Uhlenkott scored a tip kill to get to game point.
After a stuff block by Deary delayed things for a point, Workman scored the game-winning kill.
The second game was another back and forth affair that was also tied 10 different times with the final tie coming at 18-18.
Deary took the lead for good on an ace and added a kill before bricking a serve.
Prairie gave the serve right back when they were called for being out of rotation.
After 2 more sideouts, Deary put together a couple of aces to get to game point at 20-24. Prairie warded off two game point chances as Deary was called for a net foul and VonBargen scored a kill but Deary then ended it to force a third game.
Prairie took the early lead as Danly served 3 aces and Uhlenkott added a kill for a 4-0 lead.
Deary came right back with 4 straight to tie it but 2 kills by Holthaus and a 2nd touch tip by Danly made it 7-4.
At 8-7 Tanna Schlader scored a sideout kill and Holthaus served Prairie to a 13-7 lead with an ace and a kill each from Gimmeson and Schlader and a stuff by VonBargen.
That was it for Prairie though as Deary scored the sideout and then 7 more points in a row to win the match.
Prairie vs. Summit
In their final pool play match Prairie needed to beat Summit to clinch first in their pool since only the Nezperce and Summit matches counted for that.
With some confidence from having defeated Nezperce in a game the improving young Patriots didn’t make it easy for the Pirates.
Prairie was able to build a 13-5 lead in the opening game after 3 aces by Holthaus but were able to hang around as Frei answered with 3 aces in a row to cut the lead to 16-11.
Prairie was able to slowly build on the lead though and wound up winning by 10.
In the second game Prairie jumped out 4-0 on 3 aces by Tidwell and a kill by Holthaus.
At 8-4 Tidwell got lucky with a bad set that dropped over the net for a kill sending Workman to the service line. 4 aces later Prairie was up 12-4.
Summit though answered back and the next thing you know the score is tied at 16-16 after 4 straight aces by Chmelik.
A kill by Workman ended that run but Summit tied the score at 17 and again at 19 and 20.
Seubert then served the Patriots into a 20-23 lead as Frei and Chmelik each scored a kill and Seubert added an ace.
VonBargen slammed down a kill to end that run but a hitting error by Prairie gave Summit a game-point chance at 21-24.
Another kill by VonBargen put Gehring on the service line and she was able to serve out the match for Prairie with 3 aces plus a net violation by Summit.
Summit vs. Highland
Krystin Uhlenkott goes high over a Deary block attempt in the championship match at Grangeville.As the third place team in the pool, Summit played 4th place Highland from the other pool while 3rd place Grangeville received a bye into the consolation final.
The first game was a back and forth battle that saw Summit lead by as many as 5 points several times but Highland took their biggest lead late in the game.
Kaitlyn Stubbers had a big service run to give Summit their first 5 point lead after a bricked Highland serve put her on the line at 6-7. 3 aces and 3 kills by Chmelik later Summit had a 12-7 lead.
They led by 5 again at 14-9 and 15-10 before Highland turned the tables with a 6 straight points to take a 15-16 lead.
Summit took the lead back twice only to see Highland tie it and the Huskies finally took the lead for good on 3 straight aces and got all the way to game point at 18-24, their biggest lead of the game.
They bricked a serve and Seubert served up 3 straight aces as Summit pulled within 22-24 before Highland finally put the game away
In the second game Rehder got hot from the service line with 4 aces in 6 serves as Summit took a 7-3 lead.
Highland came back to tie it at 7 before bricking a serve. 
Seubert scored 3 straight aces to make it 11-7.
The teams traded sideout with only 1 points each scored on serve until Chmelik went to the service line for 4 aces in 5 serves with Frei adding a kill as Summit took control at 20-12.
Summit got the serve back at 21-14 with Frei serving them to game point with 2 aces plus a kill be Seubert before missing a serve.
Rehder then scored the game-winning kill.
In the deciding game Summit took a 6-4 lead but Highland then scored 10 of the next 11 points to get to match point at 7-14.
Chmelik warded off one match point with a kill but Highland then scored the winner.
Prairie vs. Kamiah
Prairie was swept by Kamiah in a league match 2 days earlier and this semifinal match started out like they would get beaten again as Kamiah jumped out to leads of 3-8, 6-12, 9-15 and 13-20.
Prairie started to battle back though, taking advantage of Kamiah’s missed serves and hitting errors to close the gap to 20-22 and 21-23. That was it though but it gave the Pirates some confidence going into the second game.
Danly served Prairie to a 4-0 lead with an ace and a kill while Uhlenkott and Workman each added a kill.
Uhlenkott served Prairie to a 9-2 lead  with an ace, 2 kills by Workman and a kill by Schlader.
Kamiah came back though to tie the game at 13 but Prairie was able to keep them from taking the lead as Uhlenkott scored a kill for the sideout. A tip by Workman, an ace by Gimmeson and another kill by Workman made it 17-13.Beka Bruner makes as pass as Stephanie Gimmeson watches during the Grangeville Tournament.
After a trade of sideouts Danly had 2 aces to make it 20-14
Prairie then was able to hold off the Kubs and win the game by 5.
In the third game Uhlenkott scored a sideout kill and Danly added 2 aces to make it 3-0. 
After a service winner by Uhlenkott Prairie led 5-1 only to see Kamiah come back within 1 at 7-6.
A big stuff block by VonBargen and then a kill by VonBargen and 2 kills by Schlader made it 11-6.
Kamiah’s 6-footer, Shelby Cloninger stuffed a Prairie spike for the side out but Schlader came right back with a kill and Uhlenkott scored a kill off of a Cloninger block attempt.
Schlader then served an ace to get to match point.
Kamiah warded off 2 match points before ending it with a bricked serve to send Prairie into the championship match against Deary, who had eliminated Nezperce in the other semifinal.
Championship vs. Deary
As with the earlier games against Deary the first two were close much of the way.
Deary scored the first 3 points but Prairie scored the next 3 for the first of 5 ties.
The last tie score was at 14 after 3 straight aces by Danly.
Deary then scored a sideout and the next 2 points, all thanks to their 6’ plus middle blocker Coral Knerr. 
Deary went on from there to win the first game.
Deary led early in the second game but Prairie came back to tie it at 8. 
A big momentum change came at 10-11 when it appeared that Knerr had stuffed a Prairie spike but was called for being into the net. Instead of a 10-12 Deary lead it was an 11-11 tie with Prairie getting the serve. The Deary coach slammed her clipboard to the floor when the call was made and picked up a yellow card from the referee. A yellow is just a warning. One more outburst would meant a red card and a point to the other team.
Prairie took advantage as Danly served 6 straight with Uhlenkott picking up a pair of kills, Workman a kill and 3 aces from Danly to give Prairie a 17-11 lead.
Prairie held on the rest of the way, allowing Deary just 2 more service points while Workman served up 4 aces to get to game point.
A missed spike gave Deary back the serve and they picked up an ace before VonBargen ended it on a “happy birthday” spike.
The only time Prairie trailed in the deciding game was at 0-1 with Uhlenkott tying the game with a spike and Danly serving up an ace before Uhlenkott scored another kill to make it 3-1.
Uhlenkott served 2 aces to make it 6-2 and Holthaus served Prairie into control of the game with 3 aces in a 5-point run with Schlader adding a pair of kills that made it 13-4.
Deary scored a sideout but VonBargen scored a kill to get to match point and Danly scored a first touch kill at the net to end it.
With their 4-1match record on the day Prairie improves to 11-5 for the season.
Summit meanwhile is still looking for their first win but has shown a lot of improvement.
For Prairie on the day Workman had 41 kills including 2 stuffs and 13 aces. Uhlenkott had 28 kills, 2 assists and 12 aces. VonBargen had 29 kills including 4 stuffs and 2 assists. Holthaus had 22 kills including a stuff, 4 assists and 12 aces. Schlader had 20 kills, 3 assists and 9 aces. Gehring had 9 kills and 7 aces. Danly had 10 kills, 94 assists and 20 aces. Tidwell had 24 assists, 1 kill and 7 aces. Gimmeson had 4 kills, 5 assists and 3 aces. Schumacher had 2 kills including a stuff, 3 assists and 4 aces.
For Summit Seubert had 20 kills including a stuff and 9 aces. Chmelik had 16 kills, 1 assists and 10 aces. Rehder had 6 kills, 2 assists and 12 aces. Frei had 5 kills, 20 assists and 15 aces. Waters had 5 kills, 18 assists and 8 aces. Kaitlyn Stubbers had 5 kills and 3 aces. Osborne had 2 kills and 2 aces and Ashlee Stubbers had 1 back row kill.
For photos of the Summit girls see the Summit page.

Lady Pirates at Border Battle
The Prairie Lady Pirates volleyball team will be a part of Idaho’s 5-team contingent in the 3rd annual Border Battle tournament at Pomeroy Saturday, Sept. 22.
Prairie will play host Pomeroy at 8:20 a.m. in the Pomeroy Elementary gym which is a short walk from the high school gym. They play Asotin at 10:50 at the high school gym and St. John-Endicott at 1:10 p.m. also at the high school. 
They’ll play Clarkston at 3:30 at the high school gym and will finish the day against Dayton at 5:15 p.m. in the elementary gym.
Also competing for Idaho are Genesee, Kamiah, Orofino and Troy.
Washington won the tournament in 2010 at Pomeroy while Idaho won it last year when it was moved to Clarkston due to construction at the Pomeroy facilities.
All matches will be 3 games with the first two to 25 and the third to 15, regardless of what happens in the first two games. Each game won counts towards the respective state’s total.

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, lost 0-3
15-Grangeville Tournament, TBA, beat Nezperce 2-0, lost to Deary 1-2, beat Summit 2-0, beat Kamiah 2-1, beat Deary 2-1 for championship
18-Home Tri-match: vs. Highland, 5 p.m.; vs. Summit 8 p.m., beat Highland 3-0, beat Summit 3-0, details next week
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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