The Prairie City Panthers and Long Creek/Ukiah Mountaineer/Cougars junior varsity teams played a nail-biter first set Thursday evening before the Panthers put the match away with a 3-0 sweep.
Prairie City steadily gained momentum, winning with scores of 26-24, 25-20 and 25-5 at their home court.
Long Creek/Ukiah kept a few steps ahead in the first set until Prairie City’s Jessi Nolan went on a serving run, moving the Panthers’ score up from 13-19 to a 21-19 lead.
The teams tied the score a few more times with Jessica Reames blocking for the win.
“They woke up and found some urgency,” Prairie City head coach Jordan Bass said of her team. “In the last one, they realized the Long Creek/Ukiah girls weren’t just going to give it to them.”
Bass said she was pleased with how they handled the final set, and said she felt they that’s how they should have played all evening.
Long Creek/Ukiah coach Linda Studtmann said facing Prairie City was a challenge, but said her girls performed well.
“They’re trying to think on the floor and adjust,” she said.
She said she was happy with the team coming together with the seasoned players on her team helping the less experienced girls.
“I think we got every one of our players out there,” she said.
Studtmann co-coaches the Mountaineer/Cougars with Reagan Enriquez.
Long Creek/Ukiah will host Mitchell/Spray at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 in Long Creek.
They face Adrian junior varsity on the road Saturday with the match beginning at 11 a.m. (MT).
Prairie City will face Grant Union junior varsity at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in John Day.