Pirates win 1, lose 2
The Prairie Lady Pirates played 3 volleyball matches this past week. They won their lone league match in 3 games against C.V. and lost a pair of non-league matches to Orofino and Grangeville.
Prairie started slowly as they didn’t take their first lead until leah Higgins scored a kill that made it 8-7.
The game stayed close as C.V. tied it for the last time at 17-17. They missed a serve to put Prairie ahead for good and Mykaela McWilliams took over at the service line.
Chaye Uptmor stuffed a C.V. spike attempt to start the run. McWilliams then served 5 straight aces before Angela Wemhoff scored the game-ending kill.
Prairie jumped out to leads of 4-1 and 8-3 in the second game but C.V. rallied to tie the score at 8-8.
C.V. then managed to take the lead at 12-14 and 13-15.
Prairie finally took the lead for good on an ace by Sydney Bruner. A kill by Wemhoff and another ace made it 18-15.
After 4 straight sideouts, Uptmor took over at the service line and served out the game. Wemhoff had a kill, Uptmor an ace, Madison Pecarovich a kill and Higgins 2 kills to end the game.
The third game was close until McWilliams took her turn at the service line. She took over at 5-3 after a bricked C.V. serve and served 6 straight points. She had 3 aces while Uptmor had 2 kills and Higgins had the other kill.
Prairie led 15-5 when Wemhoff took her turn at the line and that was it for C.V. as Wemhoff served the final 10 points of the match. 8 of the 10 points were aces with Higgins and Sam Remacle each adding a kill.
Higgins had 12 kills including a block in the match. Uptmor had 10 kills including a block plus 12 assists and 3 aces. Wemhoff had 5 kills and 8 aces. Bruner had 3 kills and 4 aces. Pecarovich had 2 kills, 18 assists and 4 aces. McWilliams had 2 kills and 11 aces. Remacle had 2 kills and 1 assist. Nicole Poxleitner had 1 kill.
The JV team won all three of their games against C.V. by scores of 25-9, 25-11 and 15-5.
The first game started with 2 missed serves by each side. Sabrina Lustig was the first to put a serve in play and scored an ace. She added 2 more service points with Jordyn Higgins and Alexis Hiler each scoring a kill for a 5-2 lead.
Prairie steadily built their lead as C.V. missed their first 5 serving attempts before finally getting one in play.
Prairie led 18-9 when Higgins scored a kill to put Theresa Wemhoff on the service line. C.V. never got the serve back as Wemhoff finished the game with 6 straight. Hiler and Higgins each had 2 kills while Kristyna Krogh and Madison Hinkelman each added a kill.
C.V. served an ace to start the second game but that was to be their only lead. They missed the next serve and Krogh then served 8 straight points, 6 of them aces. Hiler scored a pair of kills for the other 2 points as Prairie took a 9-1 lead.
Hiler later served 3 straight aces while Wemhoff had 4 out of 4 serves as Prairie built a 20-4 lead before coasting to a 14 point win.
Brooklyn Riener started off the third game with 6 straight aces before C.V. finally scored a sideout.
Lustig added 3 aces while Higgins added 2 for the final 2 points of the match.
Prairie trailed for much of the one game they won as they were down 5-9 and 13-17.
A double hit violation against Orofino put Wemhoff on the service line and that’s when the game turned around.
2 aces by Wemhoff and a kill by Uptmor tied the game at 17-17. 2 more aces plus a kill by Pecarovich put Prairie up 20-17.
Orofino got back within 1 at 20-19 before a kill by Uptmor put Higgins on the service line.
Consecutive stuff blocks by McWilliams and a kill by Bruner made it 24-19 and McWilliams then won a joust at the net for the game winner.
The second game saw no points on serve scored until Orofino scored to make it 4-6.
Prairie never led in the game as they did not score a point while serving until McWilliams served an ace that made it 9-13. A kill by Wemhoff, another ace and a kill by Higgins cut the deficit to 12-13 but Orofino got the sideout and that was as close as Prairie would get as Orofino pulled away for a 7-point win.
In the third game Prairie quickly fell behind 1-8 in another game that they never led.
They were able to get back within 2 at 8-10 on 2 aces by Uptmor and a free ball kill by Pecarovich and later on got within 1 at 18-19 on a kill by Higgins but otherwise Orofino held them off.
Prairie was able to lead in the fourth game, but only at 2-1 after an ace by Bruner. Orofino then scored the next 7 points to take control
Prairie never got any closer than 4 the rest of the way at 17-21 and again at 20-24.
In the match McWilliams had 14 kills, including 2 blocks, plus 1 assist and 2 aces. Higgins had 11 kills, 1 assist and 7 aces. Bruner had 8 kills, 2 assists and 3 aces. Higgins had 7 kills, including a block, plus 1 assist and 1 ace. Uptmor had 6 kills, 22 assists and 2 aces. Pecarovich had 3 kills 14 assists and 1 ace.
In a non-league match at Grangeville Thursday, Sept. 15, Prairie lost to the Bulldogs for the first time in several years but it took 5 games for Grangeville to win, 27-25, 16-25, 25-17, 20-25, 12-15.
Prairie led big in the first game but let Grangeville rally back to force Prairie to tie at 24-24 and 25-25 before falling. The Bulldogs used that momentum to carry them into the next game.
Prairie is now 4-6 overall and 3-2 in league play.
Prairie won both the JV and C matches.
Angela Wemhoff spikes the ball against Orofino.
Lady Pirates at Border Battle
The Prairie Lady Pirates will be participating in the “Border Battle” at Pomeroy this Saturday, Sept. 24.
The Border Battle is a volleyball competition between southeastern Washington and central Idaho schools with 5 schools participating on each side.
Idaho will have Genesee, Kamiah, Orofino and Troy along with Prairie while Washington will have Asotin, Clarkston, Dayton and St. John-Endicott along with host Pomeroy.
Prairie’s first match will be at 9:50 a.m. against St. John-Endicott in the high school gym. Their next match will be at approximately 11:35 a.m. against Dayton in the elementary gym.
The rest of the day they are back in the high school gym with a match against Pomeroy at approximately 1:20. They play Asotin at approximately 3:40 and Clarkston at approximately 4:50.
All matches are best 2 out of 3 with third game to 15.
27-at Lewiston Tournament, won 1 match, lost 4.
27-JV at Genesee JV Tournament
30-Genesee*, there, C, JV, V, 5 p.m., lost 1 game to 3
7-JV at Sacajawea 9th, 5 p.m. postponed
8-Lapwai*, here, won 3 games to 1
10-JV and C teams at Grangeville JV Tournament
13-CV*, here, 4:30 p.m., won 3 games to 0
13-Orofino, here, 7 p.m., V only, lost 1 game to 3
15-Grangeville, there, C, JV, V, 5 p.m., lost 2 games to 3
20-Kamiah, there, C, JV, V, 5 p.m., won 3 games to 1, details next week
22-Genesee*, here, C, JV, V, 5 p.m.
24-Border Battle at Pomeroy
29-Troy*, here, C, JV, V, 5 p.m.
8-Tri-Match vs. Potlatch* & CV* @ C.V., 1 p.m. V only
10-JV at Sacajawea 9th, 5 p.m., rescheduled from Sept. 7
11-Grangeville, here, C, JV, V, 5 p.m.
13-Potlatch*, there, C, JV, V, 4:30 p.m.
TBA-District at LCSC
28-29-State at Rigby
12-Grangeville, here, 4 p.m.