Pirates win District title
For the second straight year the Prairie Lady Pirates beat Troy in the District Championship game, this time by scores of 22-25, 25-23, 25-12, 23-25, 15-9 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston Wednesday, Oct. 21.
With the win they will open State play at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at Timberlake High School near Spirit Lake against Oakley, the 2nd place team from District 4. That is the same first round opponent they had last year.
Prairie took a 3-1 lead in the first game on 2 aces by Hailey Danly after a bricked Troy serve.
Troy though came back and took the lead at 6-7 and built it to 9-14 as they showed a lot of energy digging up Prairie’s spikes and getting solid play out of some of their players not named Abbey Blum.
Prairie cut the lead to 16-17 when Shayla VonBargen served up an ace and Krystin Uhlenkott followed with a pair of kills.
They finally tied it at 19 when VonBargen managed to score a kill after she had been blocked and Mykaela McWilliams followed with a kill.
They couldn’t get back into the lead though and Troy wound up getting the game-winning point on a net foul.
In the second game Prairie jumped to leads of 5-1 and 10-4 only to see Troy put together 6 straight points to tie it at 10.
Troy eventually built a 14-18 lead and it was Prairie’s turn to fight back.
They tied it at 19 for the second game in a row, this time on a kill by McWilliams, but Troy again took back the lead.
Troy led 21-23 after a lift violation against Prairie but VonBargen answered with a first touch kill at the net and Sarah Seubert tied it with a spike that caught the back line.
Danly served up an ace and after a Troy timeout, Angela Wemhoff came up with the game-winning kill to tie the match at a game each.
The third game was another close battle to begin with as Prairie led just 10-8 when Danly showed off a move that worked for several points in the match. What appeared to be a backward set was intended to go over the net to an open area, catching the defense off guard. That sent McWilliams to the service line and Prairie followed with a kill each by Seubert and VonBargen, an ace, a back row kill by Uhlenkott and another ace for a 16-8 lead. Prairie appeared to have another point as Troy’s service return spike went long but the referees called a touch.
That was a short blip in the rally though as VonBargen scored a kill to send Danly to the service line. 2 aces, 2 kills by VonBargen, a back row kill by Chaye Uptmor, another ace a block by VonBargen on Blum and Prairie was up 24-9.
Blum then got a spike past the blockers for the side out and Troy served 2 aces before VonBargen scored the game-winning kill.
Danly then served Prairie to a 4-0 lead in the fourth game with 2 aces, a kill by VonBargen and a block by Wemhoff but then Troy rallied back.
The Trojans outscored Prairie 6-13 to take a 10-13 lead and Prairie was unable to take back the lead.
They did get the score tied at 19, 22 and 23 but a kill by Blum and a lift violation on Prairie gave the game to the Trojans setting up a winner take all game to 15.
Prairie won the toss to serve first and then promptly hit the opening serve into the net. Blum added a kill to make it 0-2 then VonBargen scored a sideout kill.
A kill by Uhlenkott, a block by VonBargen on Blum and 2 more kills by VonBargen made it 5-2.
Troy got back within 1 at 6-5 but Wemhoff and McWilliams went up to block a Troy spike. Uhlenkott added a kill for an 8-5 lead.
Troy was unable to score on serve the rest of the game, getting only 4 sideout points. Prairie meanwhile didn’t score a lot of points on serve but a kill each by Seubert and McWilliams and an ace by Danly serve to give Prairie a final 6 point margin.
For the match VonBargen had 26 kills including 3 blocks with 3 assists and an ace. Uhlenkott had 24 kills. Seubert had 9 kills including a block plus an assist and an ace. McWilliams had 8 kills including 2 blocks. Danly had 7 kills including 2 blocks plus 53 assists and 12 aces. She scored 22 service winners, by far the most on the team. Seubert was second with 10. Wemhoff had 4 kills including 2 blocks plus 3 assists. Uptmor had 3 kills, 3 assists and an ace.
Prairie takes a 25-3 record into the state tournament and have now won 21 straight matches.
2015 PHS VOLLEYBALL
29-at Lewiston Tournament, placed 3rd, beat Lewiston, Pendleton, Moscow and Sandpoint, lost to Kellogg, Lake City and Geneee.
8-C.V., home, (C,JV,V) 5 p.m.*, won 3 games to 0
10-Genesee, here, (C,JV,V), 5 p.m.*, won 3 games to 0
12-Border Battle at Pomeroy, won all 5 matches helping Idaho win.
15-Troy, there, (C,JV,V), 5 p.m.*, won 3 games to 2
17-Grangeville, there, (C,JV, V), 5 p.m.m won 3 games to 0
21-Lapwai, here, 6 p.m.*, won 3 games to 0
26-Potlatch, there, 11 a.m.*, won 3 games to 0
29-Kamiah, here, 6 p.m.*, won 3 games to 0
8-Genesee, there, (C,JV,V), 5 p.m.*, won 3 games to 1
10-Tri-Match @ C.V., varsity only, vs. Potlatch, 12 p.m,*, vs. C.V., 1 p.m.*, beat Potlatch 3 games to 0, beat Potlatch 3 games to 0
13-Lapwai, there, 6 p.m.*, won 3 games to 0
15-Grangeville, here (C,JV,V), 5 p.m., won 3 games to 0
17, 19-21-Districts at LCSC, beat Lapwai 3 games to 0; won district championship vs. Troy 3 games to 2.
30-31-State at Timberlake High School, Spirit Lake, Prairie will open play at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30 vs. District 4 runner-up Oakley