Pirates win two league matches
The Prairie Lady Pirates picked up a pair of league wins this past week in volleyball as they won at Potlatch in 4 games and then on senior night swept Troy for their first match win against the Trojans in some time.
With the wins they are a win against Kamiah on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from nailing down the #2 seed going into the District Tournament.
A combination of possibly looking ahead to Thursday’s match against Troy and the low ceiling in Potlatch’s gym with all the fluorescent light fixtures that come into play had the Pirates not quite as sharp as they could have been.
With that they still started strong as Hailey Danly served Prairie to a 4-0 lead in the opening game with Leah Holthaus scoring 2 kills, Shayla VonBargen 1 kill and Danly serving an ace.
After trading sideouts, Holthaus served Prairie to a 9-1 lead with 2 aces and Krystin Uhlenkott adding 2 kills.
Prairie pretty much controlled the rest of the game although they had trouble getting the final point. After Danly served up an ace to make it 24-10, Potlatch rallied with 5 straight points before VonBargen scored the game-winning kill.
Potlatch carried the momentum for their late game rally into the second game as they took the early lead and were able to hold on as Prairie could get within 1 but could never tie the game, much less take the lead.
It was still close late at 17-20 after a kill by Uhlenkott but Potlatch scored the sideout then closed out the game.
The third game looked like more of the same as again Potlatch led early on and after a 4-point service run were up 9-15 before bricking a serve.
Prairie came back to tie the game at 15 with Danly serving 5 straight points. VonBargen had 3 kills while Holthaus and Uhlenkott added 1 each.
At that point Potlatch took back the lead on a sideout but that was to be their last point of the game.
VonBargen scored a kill for the sideout to tie it at 16-16 and Holthaus went to the service line and served out the game. She had 2 aces while Uhlenkott had 3 kills and VonBargen and Natasha Gimmeson added 2 kills each.
In game 4 Potlatch led 3-4 at the outset but 2 kills by Kayla Schumacher plus a kill by Uhlenkott put Prairie up 6-4 and they never trailed again.
Uhlenkott served 2 aces to make it 9-5 and Schumacher served an ace with a kill each on her serve by VonBargen and Holthaus that made it 13-6. Potlatch cut the lead to 13-8 but would not get any closer as Prairie closed out the match.
For the match VonBargen had 19 kills including 2 stuffs plus 2 aces. Holthaus had 15 kills including a stuff plus 5 aces. Uhlenkott had 15 kills and 5 aces. Schumacher had 10 kills and 1 ace. Gimmeson had 3 kills, 18 assists and 2 aces. Danly had 2 kills 40 assists and 2 aces. Beka Bruner had 1 kill and 1 assist. Kyndahl Ulmer had 1 kill and 1 ace.
The JV team won their match 25-11, 25-12, 13-15.
Prairie trailed in the first game 6-8 when Kylie Tidwell scored a kill to put Darlene Gehring on the service line. Gehring served 14 straight points with 9 aces along with 2 kills by Tidwell and one each by Talyss Lustig, Sarah Seubert and Mykaela McWilliams.
Up 21-8 it was just a matter of closing out the match and 2 kills by Seubert and an ace by McWilliams got Prairie to game point and a bricked served by Potlatch wound up the game-ending point.
In the second game it was Lustig who had the service run to break things open. She took over at 6-4 and served 5 straight aces to make it 12-4.
Hanna Ross later added 3 straight aces to give Prairie 16-5 lead and they coasted to a 13-point win.
In the third game Prairie led early as Tidwell served 2 aces for a 3-0 lead.
Potlatch came back to tie it at 6-6 but Chaye Uptmor served Prairie to a 10-6 lead with 2 aces plus a kill by Ross.
Potlatch came back to tie it again at 11. A net foul on Potlatch and an ace by Ross made it 13-11 but that was to be Prairie’s last point as Potlatch scored the sideout and then served out the game.
The win puts Prairie in the driver’s seat for second place in the league as they just needed a win at Kamiah on Tuesday. If they lost at Kamiah they would wind up in the #3 spot due to a league tiebreaker.
Uhlenkott came up big against the Trojans, who gave Prairie their first loss of the season back in their season opener. She had 20 kills and 10 digs to lead the Pirates. Holthaus added 6 kills and 2 digs while Danly had 19 assists and 16 digs.
With the wins Prairie improves to 9-2 in league play and 18-2 overall.
Prairie beat Troy in the JV match 2 games to 1 and in the C match Prairie won 1 of 3 games.
Prairie at district
After beating Kamiah Tuesday evening Prairie will be the #2 seed into the District tournament and will not play until 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at LCSC.
Prairie’s likely opponent would be Troy as #3 seeded Troy would play the winner of the #6 vs. #7 play-in match on Saturday.
They would advance to a 6 p.m. game Wednesday with a win and to a 5 p.m. loser out game on Wednesday with a loss.
The bracket is full double-elimination with the loser’s bracket survivor still having a chance to win the tournament.
Both the first and second place teams advance to state. There is no third place play-in match this year.
State will be at LCSC on Nov. 1-2.
Spencer finishes first at Grangeville meet
Peter Spencer of Cottonwood finished first overall by nearly a minute in 18:02.63 at the Grangeville Crosscountry Meet held at the golf course Saturday, Oct. 12.
The meet was basically a preview of the 1A-2A district meet which will be held at the same site on Thursday, Oct. 24, which is also the next meet for the Highland/Prairie team.
Highland’s Makayla Kaufman was first overall in the girls’ race at 22:11.7. Prairie’s Sidney Glimp placed 10th in 30:27.6.
Ryan Glimp from Prairie was 19th in the boys race at 25:17.05.
Peter Spencer, right, with a couple of his Highland teammates at the start of Saturday’s crosscountry race. Photo by Steve Wherry.
PIRATES GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
SCHEDULE FOR 2013
7-Genesee JV Tournament, TBA
9-Lapwai*, there, C/JV/V, 5 p.m. rescheduled from Aug. 29, won in 3 games
10-C.V.*, here, C/JV/V, 5 p.m., won in 3 games
11-JV at Sacajawea, 5 p.m.
12-G’ville, here, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, won in 4 games
14-Grangeville Tournament, TBA, first place with 5-0 match record, 10-0 game record.
17-Kamiah*, here, won in 3 games
19-Tri-match at Genesee-vs. Potlatch*, vs. Genesee*, 5 p.m., beat Potlatch 3-0, lost to Genesee 0-3
21-Border Battle Tournament at Pomeroy
21-Prairie JV Tournament
26-Lapwai*, here, C/JV/V, 5 p.m., won in 3 games
3-Genesee*, here, C/JV/V, 5 p.m., won is 4 games
7-Home Tri-match vs. Highland, vs. Summit, 5 p.m., won both matches in 3 games each
8-Potlatch*, there, won in 4 games
10-Troy*, here, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, won in 3 games
15-Kamiah*, there, won in 3 games, clinch 2nd in league, details next week
17-G’ville, there, 5 p.m., C/JV/V
19-24-District at LCSC-Open District play at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 against the winner of the Troy vs. 6-7 match winner.
Nov. 1-2-State at Lewiston
Prairie/Highland Crosscountry schedule