The Prairie City Panthers got the sweep at home Friday, hosting the Huntington Locomotives.

Prairie City dominated the evening, winning with scores of 25-6, 25-8 and 25-8.

Panther head coach Jordan Bass said she was pleased that all 12 of her girls were in on the action, gaining valuable experience.

Freshmen BettyAnn Wilson and Laken McKay contributed in the match, with Wilson garnering six kills and McKay adding five aces.

McKay was 100% for the evening on 17 serves, and the team was 90% on serving.

Prairie City pushed for early leads in all three sets.

Early in the first set, Panther Katie Hire, a junior, scored on two aces and McKay also had two aces. Hire also had four kills in the match.

After Panther senior Hailee Wall went on a serving run, including two aces, the Panthers led 15-3. Wall had six aces for the night.

Senior Emily Ennis had three aces down the stretch for Prairie City.

Panther senior Aleah Johns made a save, and Samantha Workman spiked for a kill to bring the score to 23-6.

Huntington fought hard in the final rally of the first set, but Prairie City stayed aggressive for the win, holding the visitors to 6 points and continuing for wins in the next two sets.

Bass said she was pleased with how her entire team stayed competitive throughout the match.

“Hailee Wall has stayed aggressive with her serves and stayed consistent,” Bass said.

The coach said senior Shaine Madden is performing well.

“(She) is doing a great job as our libero,” Bass said. “Shaine reads the ball really well on defense and is one of our really consistent passers.”

On Friday, Wall was looking forward to facing the Adrian Antelopes on the road.

“I’m ready for another league game,” she said. “I think we’re ready for what they throw at us.”

Madden agreed.

“I’m looking forward to staying up,” she said. “Our confidence is there, our communication is there — we just have to maintain that, and I think we can do well.”

Bass expected Adrian would be a good challenge, and they were.

The Antelopes leaped away with a 3-0 win with scores of 25-17, 25-16, 25-20.

Prairie City was 93% on serving against Adrian, and serve-receive was strong at 94%.

Ennis served 90%, and Hire had 10 kills.

Panther assistant coach Louanne Zweygardt said “unforced digging and hitting errors were our downfall.”

Prairie City has a 9-5 overall record, 2-1 in league.

The Panthers face another tough league opponent on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they host the Jordan Valley Mustangs.

Panther stats highlights vs. Huntington

Katie Hire: 2 aces, 4 kills

Emily Ennis: 3 aces

Hailee Wall: 6 aces

Laken McKay: 5 aces

Rilee Emmel: 2 kills

Samantha Workman: 4 kills

Hannah Wall: 2 kills

BettyAnn Wilson: 6 kills

Shaine Madden: 6 aces

Kaitlynne Ashley: 1 kill

Reporter

Angel Carpenter is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. She can be contacted at angel@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

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