BAKER CITY - The Prairie City High School volleyball team completed a big week of play, moving into first place in the Old Oregon League with victories over Powder Valley on Friday, Sept. 26, and earning back-to-back wins over Wallowa and Adrian in a league tournament on Saturday, Sept. 27.
The Panthers are now 3-1 in league matches, tied with Wallowa for first place, but due to a head-to-head win over the Cougars, Prairie City is in sole possession of first place.
"It was a really good weekend for us," Prairie City coach Eva Saul said. "The girls played three great matches and we had some of the players really step up for us."
Prairie City def. Powder Valley 25-21, 16-25, 25-20, 25-20
In Friday's match at North Powder, Danielle Smith led the way for the Panthers recording 10 kills while scoring eight points. Amanda Rockhill had eight kills and 11 points, Lindy Black scored six points to go along with nine kills, and Cherise Ricco had seven points and six kills.
Eve Denton set at 96 percent scoring 11 points and had 13 assists. Brittany Reid set at 90 percent with 14 assists and six points.
Prairie City def. Wallowa 22-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16, 15-13
In the opening match of Saturday's league tournament in Baker City, the Panthers had the difficult task of facing previously unbeaten Wallowa.
The Cougars won the first two games of the match 25-22, 25-18 and looked to be the runaway winners, before the Panthers caught fire.
Prairie City won the third game 25-21 and captured the fourth game in convincing fashion 25-16, setting up the fifth and deciding game which was a thriller with Panthers taking a 15-13 victory to claim the match.
"The girls played exceptionally well in this match coming back after losing the first two games," Saul said. "Wallowa had been undefeated in season matches before this one."
Against the Cougars, Smith had 10 kills and seven points, Reid had nine kills and was 98 percent in setting with 24 assists. Rockhill had seven kills and Black chipped in with four.
Cherise Ricco served 100 percent with 14 points, and Denton was 96 percent setting with 17 assists, 13 points and three kills.
Prairie City def. Adrian 25-16, 25-22, 25-19
In Saturday's final match, Prairie City had no problems with Adrian, putting the Antelopes away in three games 25-16, 25-22, 25-19.
Black had eight kills to pace the Prairie City attack, with Reid recording seven and Ricco six. Reid set at 98 percent with seven assists, and Denton was 97 percent on her setting with eight assists.
Prairie City returns to Old Oregon League action on Friday, Oct. 3, hosting Crane for a 4 p.m. match, and plays in the Grant Union junior varsity tournament in John Day on Saturday, Oct. 4.