PRAIRIE CITY - The Prairie City High School volleyball team has had its ups and downs, but the athletes are persistent.

"The girls are working hard to keep their intensity up. We've been hurt by our serving, and serve-receive hasn't been great," said head coach Melissa Woodbury.

At Huntington on Oct. 14, the Lady Panthers fell 1-3 to Harper, 25-17, 20-25, 21-25, 7-25.

Then they rallied to win three games of four over Huntington: 21-25, 25-8, 25-17, 25-17.

"Huntington is a young, smaller team like us. But they can hustle. Our girls overlooked them in the first game, but the last three we handled them quite well," said Woodbury.

At home on Saturday, Oct. 15, the Lady Panthers lost 1-3 to the Jordan Valley Lady Mustangs.

The Lady Panthers won the first game 25-21, but trailed 25-27, 16-25, and 15-25 after that.

"Jordan Valley got under everything they could," said Woodbury. "We had some really, really long rallies with them. Our serve-receive improved, but our service really hurt us. Still, it was a match that was kind of fun to watch."

Prairie City is preparing for a home match Friday, Oct. 21, hosting Crane. Action starts at 4 p.m.

"They are probably pretty close to the intensity of Jordan Valley," Woodbury said of Crane. "We'll keep working on our serve and keeping intensity up. Crane's a beatable team. We're seeing some pretty even teams, a lot of good volleyball."


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