COTTONWOOD - The Prairie High volleyball team continued its undefeated start to the 2018 season Monday night with a 25-20, 25-10, 21-25, 25-20 win over visiting Whitepine League Division I rival Lapwai.
Another previously scheduled contest for Prairie the same night against Nezperce had been canceled.
"I've been pretty pleased how we've come along, because we lost some key seniors last year," said Pirates coach Julie Schumacher of the season so far, though she also said her team struggled at times in this contest. "It was a Monday and you could tell ... We started better than we ended."
Prairie's Kristyna Krogh made 18 assists and five aces in her first game back from an injury-related absence. Jordyn Higgins earned a team-high 15 kills for the Pirates (3-0, 3-0), and Maddie Shears sent up 11 passes from the back row.
JV - Praire def. Lapwai 2-1
Maniacs tame Panthers
ASOTIN - Visiting Orofino claimed a 25-15, 25-21, 25-15 victory over the Panthers in Asotin's opening regular-season match.
Clara Peterson had six kills and four aces for the Maniacs (2-2). Mariah Roever went a perfect 24-for-24 from the service line, and coach Shannon Erbst praised Logan Schwartz for leading the Orofino defense.
"Offensively we were strong at the net," said Erbst. "We had some breakdowns in passing, but the girls stayed pretty focused, pretty disciplined in running our systems. I thought we performed pretty well for a Monday night for sure."
For Asotin, Kylan Hernandez had seven digs and six aces, while teammate Adrienne Washington made five assists and four kills.
"I think right now, for it being our first game, we were just trying some new lineups," said Panthers coach Marie Huffman, whose team will look to rebound in another home game tonight against Colton. "I thought we did a really good job of communicating and bringing energy, because that was our focus. We need to work on our errors, just keeping the ball in play, and aggressive defense."
Loggers fell Knights
POTLATCH - The Potlatch Loggers saved match point to avenge two defeats from last weekend's Nezperce tournament as they overcame nonleague foe Logos 25-23, 25-18, 18-25, 19-25, 16-14.
After losing the first two sets, the Knights (4-1) rallied to take the third and fourth and had the edge in the fifth until they failed to convert a match point at 14-13. Katie Paul of Potlatch (4-5) then managed a kill to put her team ahead 15-14 before teammate Charlee Beckner struck the winning serve.
Beckner and Brenna Larson led the Potlatch defense with 29 and 28 digs respectively. Senior setter Allison LeForce had 26 assists, while Audrey Prather and Jaidyn Mckinney made 10 kills apiece for the Loggers.
Bea Whitling led the Knights' offense with 17 kills, and compatriot Rosie Meyer made a game-high 30 assists.
"Their defense was fantastic," said Logos coach Jessica Evans of the Potlatch squad. "You can see that Bea is our force, but she had so many attempts that they dug up. They were digging up like crazy and their setter is phenomenal. They just had really good solid defense and they kept coming at us."
"Great match," said Potlatch coach Ron Dinsmoor. "It's a big win for our kids. I don't think they said they've beaten Logos in four years."