The Prairie City Panthers dropped Friday’s match to their league foes, the Jordan Valley Mustangs, 25-21, 22-25, 25-16 and 25-18.
Prairie City stayed on top of the scoring early in the first match and after Jordan Valley tied it 15-15 the game was tight the rest of the way.
The Panthers were a few steps ahead through most of the second match, overcoming the Mustangs threat when the score tied 22-22.
Prairie City’s Samantha Workman closed out the set with three good serves for the win.
The Panthers started climbing out of a 9-point deficit in the fourth set with Rilee Emmel’s five-serve run, but Jordan Valley held onto their lead.
“We had too many unforced errors on offense, and the Jordan Valley team keeps the ball alive with defense and we weren’t able to capitalize on that,” said Panther head coach Lance Zweygardt.
On a positive note, the coach said his team’s serving has improved.
“We made them take the serve, and we maintained a positive attitude throughout, we just weren’t able to bring our energy back,” he said.
Honored for senior night were Cassie Hire, Brianna Zweygardt, Sierra Dahlen, Megan Camarena and Mariah McClung.
Prairie City faces Grant Union’s junior varsity teams for nonleague play beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.
On Friday, Prairie City travels to Crane for a league match with junior varsity action starting at 2 p.m., followed by varsity.
Prairie City also faces Adrian on the road Saturday at 3 p.m. (PDT).