Lady Pirates finish third at District
The Prairie Lady Pirates swept past Lapwai and Potlatch on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at District to advance to a state berth or bust match against Troy on Thursday. Unfortunately they lost that match in 4 games to wind up at 19-5 on the season.
This is the first year in some time that the third place finisher hasn’t at least qualified for a play-in match.
Vs. Lapwai
For the third time this season Prairie swept Lapwai to eliminate the Wildcats. This time around the scores were 25-19, 25-15, 25-22.Krystin Uhlenkott digs up a Potlatch serve as Natasha Gimmeson and Beka Bruner watch.
In the opening game it was close until late when Prairie pulled away. 
Prairie led 11-7 after a kill by Leah Holthaus but Lapwai came back to take a 13-14 lead.
A back row kill by Holthaus ended that run and Prairie took the lead for good on a kill be Krystin Uhlenkott that made it 16-15.
Natasha Gimmeson served Prairie to a 20-15 lead as she started with an ace and then Uhlenkott, Kayla Schumacher and Hailey Danly each added a kill.
Prairie then did a good job of siding out Lapwai’s serves the rest of the game to win by 6 points.
Despite the final margin the second game started out close as well as Lapwai held a lead as late as 12-13.
Consecutive kills by Holthaus gave Prairie the lead and Uhlenkott added an ace to make it 15-13.
From that point on Lapwai’s only 2 points came on sideouts with Kyndahl Ulmer scoring the kill to give Prairie back the serve each time.
After the second one Holthaus went to the service line and served the final 6 points of the game. She had 2 aces while Uhlenkott had a pair of kills and Ulmer and Danly each added a kill.
The third game turned out to be the tightest game all the way through as Lapwai tried to extend the match.
Lapwai led early on by as much as 3 points at 4-7 but Shayla VonBargen served up 3 aces and Uhlenkott added 2 kills as Prairie took a 9-7 lead. 
Lapwai came back later to retake the lead after 4 straight aces at 14-15 but then committed a net foul and VonBargen’s kill put Prairie up for good at 16-15.
Prairie’s biggest lead came at 23-19 with Lapwai rallying back within a point at 23-22 before bricking a serve. Uhlenkott then scored the match-ending kill.
Uhlenkott had 15 kills and 1 assist in the match. Holthaus had 10 kills, 1 assists and 4 aces. VonBargen had 9 kills, including 4 stuffs plus 1 assist and 3 aces. Ulmer had 8 kills and 1 assist. Schumacher had 5 kills and 1 ace. Danly had 3 kills, 23 assists and 3 aces. Gimmeson had 3 kills, 18 assists and 5 aces. Bruner had 1 kill.
Vs. Potlatch
After a break for the winner’s bracket match the Pirates had to face Potlatch in another elimination match. The Loggers had eliminated Kamiah prior to the Normally a setter, Hailey Danly got a chance to hit against Troy. Also shown are Leah Holthaus and Kyndahl Ulmer.Prairie-Lapwai match. Prairie knocked off the Loggers in 3 games 25-22, 25-11, 26-24.
Potlatch took the lead early on in the opening game and held onto it for awhile as Prairie did not take their first lead until an ace by Holthaus that made it 11-10. 
From that point Potlatch led 3 more times until Prairie finally broke back on top with a kill by Schumacher that made it 15-14.
A lift allowed Potlatch to tie it at 15 but Prairie took the lead for good when Potlatch bricked the ensuing serve.
Prairie’s biggest lead came at 23-19 on a kill by Uhlenkott. Potlatch scored a sideout but a kill by Schumacher made it 24-20 and put Prairie on the brink. A net foul on Prairie and an ace by Potlatch cut the lead to 24-22 but Schumacher ended it with a kill.
In the second game Potlatch scored the first point but that was the only time they led.
Gimmeson scored the sideout kill and Danly served up 4 aces while Ulmer added a kill as Prairie took a 6-1 lead.
Prairie led 10-3 after 3 service points by Holthaus which included an ace.
The next 12 straight points all resulted from sideouts. Finally Prairie broke out of that rut as a kill by Danly for the 12th straight sideout gave Prairie a 16-9 lead and put Holthaus on the service line.  She served Prairie to a 24-9 lead without serving any aces as Prairie dominated at the net. Uhlenkott had 5 kills and Ulmer had the other 3 before Potlatch finally broke through at game point.
Potlatch added another point on serve before Uhlenkott scored the game-ending kill.
The third game was a battle all the way through as neither team ever gained much of an advantage.
Prairie held the lead through much of the early going although Potlatch tied the game at 5, 8 and 9.
The Loggers finally took their first lead after a pair of aces at 12-13.
After two more aces they held a 13-16 lead.
Prairie came back to retake the lead at 17-16 on 2 kills by Uhlenkott, a kill by Ulmer and an ace by Gimmeson but Lapwai bounced right back with 4 straight points of their own to retake the lead at 17-20.
A kill by Gimmeson scored the sideout and Uhlenkott served an ace down the left side. A kill each by Holthaus and Ulmer put Prairie on top 21-20.
Potlatch answered with 3 straight points for a 21-23 lead before a service dig by Beka Bruner led to a Potlatch hitting error.
A kill by VonBargen tied it but a missed serve then gave Potlatch a game-point chance. They blew that when their ensuing serve went long. 
With Danly serving VonBargen scored a kill and then ended the match when she stuffed a Potlatch spike attempt.
Uhlenkott had 20 kills, 1 assists and 1 ace. Holthaus had 12 kills, 3 assists and 4 aces. VonBargen had 10 kills including 2 stuffs. Ulmer had 8 kills, 1 assist and 1 ace. Schumacher had 4 kills including a stuff. Danly had 1 kill, 28 assists and 5 aces. Gimmeson had 3 kills, 15 assists and 1 ace. Bruner had 1 kill and 1 assist.
Vs. Troy
Prairie hoped for a different outcome against Troy but unfortunately the Thursday evening match followed the script of the Monday night one as Troy won the first two games, lost the third and then dominated the fourth to eliminate the Pirates. Scores were 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-25.Kyndahl Ulmer blocks the ball at the net against Troy.
Troy jumped out to a big lead in the opening game as Leah Bafus served the Trojans to a 3-12 lead.
Prairie came right back behind Holthaus though to get back into the game at 11-12. Holthaus had 4 aces while Uhlenkott added a couple of kills.
Prairie never could quite grab the lead though as Troy held them off and didn’t allow another service run.
Prairie was still within only 2 when VonBargen scored a kill to make it 19-21 but Troy scored the sideout and then served out the match with 6’ freshman Abbey Blum scoring the final two kills.
In the second game Prairie was able to take a 6-4 lead when VonBargen served 4 straight points with Uhlenkott and Schumacher each collecting a pair of kills.
Although it stayed close Prairie still kept Troy from getting past a tie score and taking the lead until Blum served 4 straight points to turn a 17-17 tie into a 17-21 lead for the Trojans.
Troy held on from there to take a commanding 2-0 lead in games.
Prairie led early on in the third game with Troy not taking a lead until it was 10-11. They expanded that lead to 10-13 but Prairie bounced back with 3 service points from Ulmer who was seeing her first action against Troy since she was playing for Kamiah.
Troy tied the score at 17 but was never able to retake the lead as Prairie held on to salvage a 25-22 win.
In game 4 Troy jumped out to a 1-6 lead and Prairie never was able to get any closer than 4 points the rest of the way.
The only time Prairie put any kind of rally together they were down 11-24 and facing match point.
Uhlenkott scored a kill and then went to the service line. Ulmer scored a kill and a stuff and Uhlenkott an ace before the match ended on a serve that was about an inch too low to clear the net.
Uhlenkott had 17 kills, 1 assist and 4 aces. Holthaus had 9 kills, 2 assists and 6 aces. VonBargen had 8 kills, including 2 stuffs, plus 2 assists and 5 aces. Schumacher had 5 kills, including 2 stuffs. Ulmer had 5 kills, including 3 stuffs plus 1 ace. Danly had 7 kills, 23 assists and 1 ace. Gimmeson had 5 kills including a stuff and 16 assists. Bruner had 1 kill and 2 assists.
Prairie’s season ends with a third place finish at District and a 19-5 overall record.
Shayla VonBargen goes up for a spike against Potlatch as Hailey Danly watches.
Leah Holthaus pounds the ball past a Lapwai blocker. At left is Krystin Uhlenkott.
Kayla Schumacher spikes the ball against Lapwai. Also shown are Leah Holthaus and Krystin Uhlenkott.
Krystin Uhlenkott winds up for a spike against Troy. Kayla Schumacher can be seen between the Troy blockers.

Two qualify for State Crosscountry
Two Prairie cross country runners qualified for the State Crosscountry meet at the 1A/2A District meet held Thursday, Oct. 24 at Grangeville.
The top 15 individuals qualify and Peter Spencer finished 8th in the boys race at 18:26 and Sky Wilson finished 5th in the girls race in 22:45.
Also running for Prairie were Ryan Glimp, who finished 46th in the boys race in 25:19 and Sydney Glimp, who finished 30th in the girls race in 31:27.
At the District meet the Prairie runners had to compete as Prairie and not Highland like they had all season. That left the Highland girls short of enough members to qualify as a team. MaKayla Kauffman took 3rd in 22:38 in the girls race as the only Highland runner to qualify and will join the two Prairie runners at the State meet which is Saturday, Nov. 2 at Freeman Park in Idaho Falls. 
The girls race will be at 1 p.m. Mountain time while the boys race will be at 2 p.m.
Peter Spencer, right, qualified for state at the district crosscountry meet last Thursday at Grangeville. Photo by Steve Wherry
Sky Wilson, in sunglasses, and Sydney Glimp at the District Crosscountry race at Grangeville last Thursday. Photo by Steve Wherry.
Prairie’s Ryan Glimp at the District Crosscountry meet. Photo by Steve Wherry.

JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. 
26-Grangeville Jamboree, 5 p.m.-Rescheduled to August 26
  3-Troy*, there, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, lost in 3 games
  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
  1-CV*, there, 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
17-G’ville, there, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, lost in 4 games
19-24-District at LCSC-lost to Troy in 4 games; beat Lapwai in 3 games; beat Potlatch in 3 games, lost to Troy in 4 games

Prairie/Highland Crosscountry schedule
Nov. 2-State at Idaho Falls
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