Panthers, Tigers battle for points at home, on road

Long Creek's Cassi Ross makes a good dig as teammates Samantha Verstoppen (left) Jennifer Lynall and Shiori Minamihara wait to assist at the Prairie City Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 6.The Eagle/TIM ADAMS

PRAIRIE CITY - After going 4-1 in pool play, the Prairie City High School volleyball team had to settle for third place at the 12-team Prairie City Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 6.

The Panthers opened play in A Pool with a 25-22 victory over Harper, and followed with a 25-11 win over Spray.

In the third match, the Panthers dominated Long Creek 25-6 and then topped Adrian 25-14.

In the final match in pool play, the Panthers dropped a 25-20 decision to Pine Eagle.

Prairie City coach Eva Saul said the Panthers finished in a three-way tie in the pool, and were seeded second in the championship round.

In the championship round, Prairie City dropped a two-game match to Powder Valley 26-16, 25-21.

Lindy Black had eight kills in the Powder Valley match, with teammates Danielle Ricco and Amanda Rockhill recording three kills apiece.

Danielle Smith scored 11 points.

Coming back against the Baker junior varsity in the third-place match, Prairie City pulled together and came away with a 25-22, 25-17 victory.

Eve Denton set 97 percent in the Baker match scoring 12 points and had eight assists. Ricco chipped in with eight points.

Black had 10 kills and Smith had five.

Black and Rockhill were named to the all-tournament team.

Also appearing at the tournament were Long Creek and the Prairie City junior varsity.

The Long Creek squad had problems in A Pool failing to win a game, but coach Lloyd Hartley said the girls played hard and showed improvement in every match.

"We didn't win any games, but we played better and improved each time we took the court," he said. "We came together as a team especially in the last game against Harper, and the girls are looking forward to the season starting. This tournament was a good experience for us."

Prairie City plays in the Pine Eagle Tournament in Halfway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, while Long Creek hosts Spray on Thursday, Sept. 18. Tip-off for the match between the Eagles and the Mountaineers is set for 5 p.m.

Monument-Dayville def. Arlington 25-19, 25-9, 25-12

ARLINGTON - The Monument-Dayville High School volleyball team got off to a good start in the 2003 season, defeating host Arlington in three games on Friday, Sept. 5.

The Tigers dominated the action handing the Honkers a 25-19, 25-9, 25-12 defeat.

"The girls played really awesome," Monument-Dayville coach Treila Osborn said. "I was really proud of the girls in their first match of the season."

Osborn said Shantra Hannibal had a good match at the serving line.

"Actually, all of them served well," Osborn said. "Tiffnie Ashley had some good hits for us, and we played well as a team. The more teamwork we have, the better we play, and the more support we have for each other."

Monument-Dayville re-turns to action on Friday, Sept. 12, hosting Wasco County in a 4:30 p.m. match.

"If we continue to play as well as we did against Arlington, we should do well against Wasco County," Osborne said.

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