Lady Pirates 3-3 in matches last week
The Prairie Lady Pirates lost a 5-set match at Genesee Thursday, Sept. 21, then helped Idaho win the Border Battle at Pomeroy, Saturday, Sept. 23, by winning 3 of their 5 matches.
At Genesee
Prairie got swept by Genesee earlier in the season but were able to extend the Bulldogs to a winner-take-all fifth set this time before coming up short 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 10-15.
Border Battle
In the Border Battle at Pomeroy, Prairie lost to host Pomeroy 16-25, 22-25; beat St. John Endicott25-17, 25-23; lost to Clarkston 14-25, 25-20, 11-15; beat Dayton 25-16, 25-23 and beat Asotin 18-25, 25-15, 15-10.
Idaho teams won 13 of the 25 matches contested to beat Washington for the 7th straight year. Troy went 4-1 while Genesee, Prairie and Orofino each went 3-2 and Kamiah went 0-5. For Washington Pomeroy was 5-0 with Clarkston going 3-2, Dayton 2-3 and Asotin and St. John-Endicott each 1-4.
Vs. Pomeroy
Prairie drew a tough opponent for their opening match as Pomeroy turned out to be the best team at the tournament.
Prairie quickly fell behind 0-5 in the opening game but were able to keep it in the 4-6 point range until late.
Prairie trailed 15-19 after a kill by Madison Pecarovich but Pomeroy got the sideout and then scored 5 of the final 6 points to win the game.
In the second game Prairie again fell behind at the start, this time 0-4, before rallying.
Angela Wemhoff served 3 aces to help Prairie take a 9-8 lead. After a pair of sideouts, Leah Higgins scored a block and Jordyn Higgins an ace for a 12-9 lead.
The lead changed hands a couple for times with Prairie’s final lead coming at 20-19 after an ace by Angela Wemhoff.
A kill by Leah Higgins tied the score for the final time at 22-22. Pomeroy was then able to score the final 3 points to win the match.
Vs. St. John-Endicott
Prairie moved over to the Elementary School gym to play St. John-Endicott.
Pecarovich scored a kill to open the first game then served 2 aces for a 3-0 lead.
2 aces by Angela Wemhoff along with a kill by Jordyn Higgins helped Prairie take an 11-4 lead.
3 times the Eagles were able to close within 3 points, the final time at 16-13. From that point on the Eagles scored just 1 point while serving while Prairie scored 5 to pull away for the 8-point win.
The second game was a lot tighter as the lead changed hands several times.
Prairie turned a 10-12 deficit into a 16-12 lead on a kill by Angela Wemhoff followed by a 5-point service run by Alexis Hiler. Hiler had 4 aces and Josie Peery added a kill.
The Eagles came back to take an 18-19 lead.
Prairie led briefly at 20-19 only to see the Eagles reclaim the lead.
St. John-Endicott led at 21-23 when they bricked a serve. Angela Wemhoff scored a kill, Pecarovich an ace and a tip by Peery ended the match.
Vs. Clarkston
It was back to the high school gym for 3 tough matches against Clarkston, Dayton and Asotin.
In the first against Clarkston the opening game was actually very close until at 11-13, Clarkston scored a side out and then put together a 1-10 run against the Pirates. Prairie’s only point came on a block by Peery in the middle of that run.
Clarkston built a 12-23 lead before Angela Wemhoff scored a kill. Prairie’s only other point came on a bricked serve as they fell by 11.
In the second game Prairie was able to build a 13-7 lead after a couple of aces by Hiler.
Prairie still led 16-13 when Angela Wemhoff scored a kill that sent her to the service line. 3 aces and 2 kills by Leah Higgins and another by Alexis Shears and Prairie had a 23-13 lead.
Clarkston was able to get back within 4 at 24-20 before Leah Higgins scored a kill to send the match to a third game.
The third game stayed close but Clarkston was able to take the lead for good after an ace by Angela Wemhoff had tied it at 7-7.
Clarkston scored the next 4 points and although Prairie got back within 2 at 9-11 and 10-12, couldn’t get any closer.
Vs. Dayton
Against Dayton Theresa Wemhoff served Prairie to an early lead with 3 aces plus a kill by Peery.
Dayton came back to take a 12-14 lead but then missed a serve. Leah Higgins then served 6 straight points to put Prairie in control. She had 2 aces with Peery adding 3 kills and Leah adding a back row kill. That made it 19-14.
After a trade of sideouts, Pecarovich served 2 aces and Peery scored a block to make it 23-15. After a sideout, consecutive kills by Peery gave Prairie the opening game.
In the second game Prairie fell behind early but took the lead with Sydney Bruner serving. She had an ace with Angela Wemhoff and Pecarovich adding a kill each for an 8-5 lead.
Dayton came back to tie it at 10 but a kill by Leah Higgins, then 2 aces by Leah and a kill by Theresa Wemhoff pushed the lead back to 5 at 15-10.
Dayton came back to tie it at 18, 20, 21 and 22, but could never take the lead as Prairie was able to score the sideout each time.
At 22-22, Leah Higgins scored a block and then Peery scored a kill to get to match point. 
Dayton fought off one match point but Angela Wemhoff scored the match winning kill.
Vs Asotin
In Prairie’s final match of the day they faced an Asotin team that had a match off while Prairie had just finished playing Dayton.
Asotin was able to take the early lead and built it to as many as 8 at 12-20. Prairie rallied back within 3 at 18-21 but then the rally stalled and Asotin was able to score the final 4 points.
The second game saw an about face as Prairie jumped out to leads of 6-2 and 9-3.
Asotin was able to rally back within 2 at 13-11 before a couple of kills by Angela Wemhoff pushed the lead back to 5 at 17-12.
From that point on Prairie was able to side out all but 1 Asotin serve while gaining ground when they swerved to finally win by 10 points at 25-15.
In the final game Peery scored a game-opening kill then Pecarovich served an ace and picked up a kill off a dig. Angela Wemhoff then scored a kill to make it 4-0.
Asotin cut the lead to 5-4 but 2 kills by Angela Wemhoff and a kill by Leah Higgins pushed the lead back to 4.
Again Asotin pulled within 1 at 8-7 but Leah Higgins ended that rally with a kill. She then scored on a block, Angela Wemhoff added an ace and Pecarovich scored on a tip to make it 12-7.
After a trade of sideouts, Jordyn Higgins served up an ace to get to match point. 
Asotin fought off 2 match points before bricking a serve to end it.
Prairie’s win was the 12th of the day for Idaho with 3 matches yet to go. Dayton then beat Kamiah and Pomeroy beat Genesee to tie it up leaving it to Troy and Clarkston in what was the final match to be completed to decide the winning state. 
For the day Angela Wemhoff had 41 kills, 44 assists and 16 aces. Leah Higgins had 44 kills, which includes 7 blocks, 4 assists and 5 aces. Peery had 30 kills, including 4 blocks, and 1 assist. Pecarovich had 17 kills, 53 assists and 15 aces. Jordyn Higgins had 11 kills, 4 assists and 7 aces. Theresa Wemhoff had 7 kills, 5 assists and 7 aces. Hiler had 3 kills, 2 of which were blocks, 1 assist and 7 aces. Bruner had 3 assists and 6 aces. Shears had 1 kill.
Prairie managed to play well despite the fact they had a lineup change due to injury. Kristyna Krogh hurt her ankle in practice and had to miss the Genesee match and Border Battle Tournament. Angela Wemhoff filled in as the second setter opposite Pecarovich.
Prairie is now 10-7 on the season and 3-3 in league play.

Angela Wemhoff managed to get this spike past the Dayton blockers. At left is Theresa Wemhoff. And yes, that’s Becky Higgins serving as a line judge.

Josie Peery blocks a Clarkston spike.

Jordyn Higgins spikes the ball against Pomeroy.

Alexis Hiler makes a pass against Clarkston as Jordyn Higgins watches.

Leah Higgins winds up for a spike against St. John-Endicott.

Josie Peery goes up for a spike against St. John-Endicott. #12 is Angela Wemhoff.

Syndey Bruner serves against Dayton.

Leah Higgins sends the ball past the blockers in the Clarkston match.

JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. 
24-Kamiah*, there, won 3 games to 1
26-JV and C at Genesee JV Tournament
29-Genesee*, here, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, lost 0 games to 3.
31-Troy*, here, 5 p.m., C/JV/V,  lost 0 games to 3.
  5-Potlatch*, here, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, won 3 games to 2 
12-CV*, there, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, won 3 games to 0
14-Orofino, there, 4:30 p.m., C/JV/V, lost 2 games to 3
16-Grangeville, Varsity Tourn., beat Nezperce 2-0, beat Kamiah 2-0, beat Summit 2-0, beat Summit again 2-0, lost to Salmon River 0-2, 2nd at Tournament
21-Genesee*, there, 5 p.m., C/JV/V, lost 2 games to 3
23-Border Battle at Pomeroy, won 3 of 5 matches as Idaho won 13-12.
26-Lapwai*, here, won 3 games to 0, details next week
28-Troy*, there, 5 p.m., C/JV/V
  2-at Lapwai, rescheduled from Sept. 7
  3-C.V.*, here, 4:30, JV & V
  3-Orofino, here, V only, 7 p.m.
  5-Grangeville, there, 5 p.m., C/JV/V
10-Potlatch*, there, 5 p.m., C/JV/V
12-Kamiah*, here, 4:30, JV/V
12-Grangeville, here V only, 7 p.m.
TBA-District at LCSC
Oct. 27-28-State at LCSC
*League Game

All games start at 4:30 p.m.
12-Kamiah, there
14-Orofino, here
19-Grangeville, here
21-Kamiah, here
26-Orofino, there
28-Kamiah, there
10-Grangeville, there
12-C.V., there
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