Lady Pirates take fifth at State
The Prairie Lady Pirates won 1 and lost 2 of their matches at the State 1A-Division 1 Volleyball Tournament Friday, Oct. 26 at Nampa to wind up tied for 5th.
They opened against Ambrose of Meridian and lost in straight sets 17-25, 17-25, 14-25. Ambrose wound up taking second place to Troy.
In the second round they eliminated Compass Charter, also of Meridian, 25-15, 25-15, 25-16.
In the third round they were eliminated by Grace 24-26, 25-21, 17-25, 21-25. Grace wound up taking third.
Vs. Ambrose
The match against Ambrose did not start well as Prairie started in a 0-1 hole due to a snafu with the lineup submission. Ashton Landers goes for a spike against Ambrose.
Prairie tied it when Ambrose missed their serve but then Ambrose scored 7 straight for a 1-8 lead.
A block by Alexis Hiler broker the run but she then bricked her serve, one of 7 Prairie missed serves in the match.
Prairie still trailed 6-12 when Madison Shears went to the service line and served Prairie back into the game at 10-12. She had an ace while Higgins had 2 kills and Krogh added another.
Unfortunately Prairie bricked 2 of their next 3 serves and Ambrose pulled away for the win.
Prairie started better the next game as Higgins scored 3 kills to give Prairie a 3-0 lead. After a sideout, Hiler and Theresa Wemhoff each scored a kill to make it 5-1 and a tip by Hiler followed by an ace made it 7-2.
Ambrose came back though and took a 13-14 lead.
Prairie tied it at 14 on a kill by Krogh and again at 15 on a tip by Hiler but Ambrose then scored a sideout and served 7 straight points to pull away for another win.
Prairie fell behind early in the third game but came back to take the lead at 5-4 on 2 aces by Hiler. After she bricked a serve, a kill by Wemhoff gave Prairie back the lead at 6-5.
A kill by Krogh and an ace by Wemhoff gave Prairie their biggest lead of the game at 9-7.
Prairieís final lead came at 10-9 and their final tie at 11-11. At that point Ambrose scored 11 straight points to put the match away.
For the match Hiler had 10 kills, 4 of them on blocks, plus 3 aces. Krogh had 6 kills, including a block plus 17 assists. Higgins had 7 kills and 1 ace. Wemhoff had 5 kills, 2 assists and 1 ace. Poxleitner had 1 kill and 1 assist. Madison Shears had 1 kill and 2 aces. Ashton Landers had 1 kill and 1 assist. Hope Schwartz had 2 assists.
Vs. Compass Charter
Prairieís elimination round match against Compass Charter did not start well as Prairie fell behind 0-3 and 2-6 at the start.
Ellea Poxleitner scores on a block against Compass Charter of Meridian.A kill each by Hiler and Wemhoff and an ace by Hiler brought them back within 1 at 5-6.
Prairie wasnít able to take the lead until a kill by Higgins sent Krogh to the service line. Another kill by Higgins, 2 aces by Krogh and a kill by Hiler gave Prairie a 13-11 lead.
The held onto the lead although Compass kept it close until a sideout kill by Wemhoff brought Landers to the service line at 19-15.
Landers served 6 straight aces to close out the game, Prairieís first game win of the tournament.
Prairie fell behind 1-4 to start the second game but a kill by Schwartz brought Higgins to the service line. An ace, a tip by Krogh, a free ball kill by Schwartz and another ace and Prairie had a 6-4 lead.
Once they got the lead they never gave it back. 
Again Compass kept it close though until a kill by Poxleitner put Landers on the service line. Landers didnít serve out this game like she did the first but she got close. An ace, a kill by Wemhoff, another ace, a kill by Poxleitner and another ace put Prairie at game point, 24-14.
A hitting error by Prairie ended the run but Compass then served wide to give Prairie another 10-point win.
In the third game Prairie was behind 2-3 when a kill by Wemhoff put Hiler on the service line. Hiler served 14 consecutive points before ending her own run by serving one into the net. She had 9 aces with Wemhoff adding 3 kills and Poxleitner a block. Hiler scored the other point herself on a back row kill.
With a 2 games to none lead and a 14-point lead in the game, coach Julie Schumacher subbed in Delaney Lockett and Sierra McWilliams, who hadnít played to that point in the tournament. 
Compass was able to rally within 6 points at 18-12 before Krogh scored a kill. Wemhoff then served an ace and Higgins, Krogh and Poxleitner each added a kill to make it 23-12.
Compass scored the next 3 points to get within 23-15 before bricking a serve to give Prairie a match point chance. 
Compass fought off one match point but Prairie got the match-winning kill a hit by Hiler that rolled down the net.
Higgins had 10 kills in the match and 3 aces. Wemhoff also had 10 kills with 1 ace. Hiler had 8 kills, including 2 blocks plus 13 aces. Krogh had 4 kills, 24 assists and 3 aces. Poxleitner had 4 kills, including a block. Schwartz had 4 kills and 2 assists. Landers had 5 assists and 9 aces. Lockett had 4 assists and McWilliams had 1 assist.
Vs. Grace
In their final match of the day Prairie faced District 5-6 champion Grace, who had beaten Genesee and lost to Troy, with the winner guaranteed no worse than fourth place and a state trophy.Alexis Hiler makes a block agaisnt Grace.
Prairie quickly fell behind 1-8 and were still down 9-17 when they started to rally back. A kill by Krogh sent her to the service lone. A kill and a block by Hiler and an ace and Prairie had cut the deficit to 13-17.
After a Grace sideout, the Grizzlies bricked a serve. Higgins followed with 2 aces to cut the deficit to just 2 at 16-18.
Grace was able to push the lead back to 5 before a free ball kill by Schwartz sent Hiler to the service line. A kill by Wemhoff and an ace and the deficit was again down to 2 at 19-21.
After a trade of sideouts Poxleitner scored a kill to make it a 1-point game at 21-22.
After a trade of sideouts, Poxleitner scored another kill to tie it at 23-23. A Prairie hitting mistake and a bricked serve by Grace and it was tied again at 24-24. Unfortunately Prairie couldnít score again as Grace scored a couple of kills to win 24-26.
In the second game Prairie was down 5-8 when Schwartz scored a sideout kill. With Landers serving, Poxleitner scored a kill, Landers an ace, Krogh a kill and Poxleitner a block for a 10-8 Prairie lead.
Prairie didnít relinquish the lead and led by as many as 6 points at 19-13 and again at 24-18. Grace fought off 3 game points before Wemhoffís service dig found an open spot on the Grace side of the net to end the game.
In the third game Prairie took a 10-5 lead after 3 aces by Wemhoff plus a kill by Higgins.
They led by as many as 6 at 13-7 before things started to fall Graceís way.
At 15-11, Graceís big middle blocker, and their best hitter, Kylee Painter, scored a kill and then went to the service line and almost served it out. She served 12 straight points including 4 aces before Poxleitner scored a kill on a bill that just caught the sideline.
Landers served an ace then Grace scored the game-winning kill.
In the fourth game Grace led early but Prairie took a 7-5 lead on 3 aces by Higgins. 
Grace came back to take the lead on a pair of aces of their own. Prairie tied the score at 13 and again at 14 before finally retaking the lead on a kill each by Landers, Wemhoff and Higgins that made it 20-19.
Grace got a pair of kills and an ace to take a 20-22 lead.
Landers sent the ball over on first touch for a kill to cut it to 1 but Grace then scored the final 3 points, 2 on kills by Painter, to win the match.
Wemhoff wound up with 13 kills, 2 assists and 6 aces in the match. Higgins had 11 kills, 1 assist and 6 aces. Poxleitner had 10 kills including 4 blocks. Krogh had 8 kills, 20 assists and 1 ace. Hiler had 8 kills including 3 blocks plus 1 assist and 1 ace. Schwartz had 4 kills and 8 assists. Landers had 2 kills, 13 assists and 5 aces. Shears had 1 kill and 1 ace.
Prairie ends their season with a 16-10 record, 14-7 if you donít count their 2-3 match record at the Border Battle.

Alexis Hiler and Jordyn Higgins both go after the ball in the Grace game.

Hope Schwartz pushes the ball past a Grace blocker.

Theresa Wemhoff makes a pass against Compass Charter.

Alexis Hiler hits the ball in the Ambrose match.

Kristyna Krogh hits the ball over against Compass Charter.

Theresa Wemhoff winds up for a spike against Ambrose.

Jordyn Higgins spikes the ball against Compass Charter.

Madison Shears makes a pass in the Ambrose match.

Kristyna Krogh spikes the ball against Grace as Theresa Wemhoff and Alexis Hiler get ready for a possible block.

PIRATES GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2018
JV time is 6 p.m. with varsity to follow, except where indicated. 
AUGUST
21-Jamboree at Kamiah 
25-JV at Genesee JV Tourn.
28-Potlatch*, here, won 3 games to 0
SEPTEMBER

  6-C.V.*, there, won 3 games to 0
10-Lapwai*, here, won 3 games to 1
11-Genesee*, there, 5:00, C/JV/V, won 3 games to 1
18-Kamiah*, there, won 3 games to 0, details next week
20-Troy*, here, 5:00, C/JV/V, lost 0 games to 0
22-Border Battle at Pomeroy, won 2 of 5 matches
24-Troy*, there, 5:00, C/JV/V, lost 0 games to 3
25-Potlatch*, there, 5:00, won 3 games to 2
27-Grangeville, there, 5:00, C/JV/V, won 3 games to 0

OCTOBER
  1-Kamiah*, here, won 3 games to 0.
  2-C.V.*, here, won 3 games to 0
  4-Genesee*, here, 5:00, C/JV/V, lost 0 games to 3
  8-Grangeville, here, 5:00, C/JV/V, won 3 games to 0
  9-Lapwai*, there, lost 2 games to 3, details next week
11-Highland, there, C/JV/V, 5 p.m., won 3 games to 1
13-17-District at LCSC, beat C.V. 3 games to 0, beat Genesee 3 games to 2. Lost in the District Championship match 0 games to 3 to Troy 
26-27-State at Skyview High, Nampa, lost to Ambrose 0 games to 3, beat Compas Charter 3 games to 0, lost to Grace 1 game to 3.
*League Game
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