Updated: Oct 28, 2021
The Prairie View varsity volleyball prepares to head back onto the court during the substate tournament in Humboldt on Saturday, Oct. 23. (Screen capture)
The fourth-seed Prairie View girls volleyball team got off to a winning start on Saturday, defeating fifth-seed Fredonia in straight sets. In the next match, though, the top-seed Eureka Lady Tornadoes were a force of nature that the Lady Buffalos just couldn’t withstand.
Picking off Osawatomie in the first round and Prairie View in the second, Eureka went on to win the substate title in straight sets against tournament host Humboldt.
Prairie View, 22-10 going into substate, faced Fredonia, 19-16, in the first match. The Fredonia Yellowjackets kept the first set close midway, but a key block and a lob by Braxton Stainbrook into a corner of the Fredonia backcourt put the Lady Buffaloes up 19-15.
A kill by Prairie View’s Emma Chambers, and a pair of kills by Brooklyn Moore and Kinley Baker and the Yellowjackets were down a set, 25-17. Fredonia did no better in the second set, losing 25-15 and giving Prairie View a shot at one of the best teams in the region.
In the semi-final match against top-seed Eureka, with a record of 32-1 going into the tournament, the Lady Buffalos exchanged points with the Lady Tornadoes early on. But after evening the score 6-6, Prairie View allowed six unanswered points and were down 12-6.
A kill by Chambers restarted the Prairie View offense. A couple of kills by Janey Hough and two tips that Eureka couldn’t handle and the score was 17-11 Eureka. The Tornadoes were able to score two more, but an ace by Julia Paisley and a block by Chambers, and the Lady Buffs were down by five points, 19-14.
Prairie View would put two more points on the board – an ace by Kinley Baker and a tip by Stainbrook – but Eureka would put it away 25-17.
The Lady Buffalos would draw first blood in the second match with a block by Lexi Baker, 1-0. A kill by Chambers evened the score at 2-2, but Eureka was simply able to find too many holes in the Prairie View defense. A kill by Brooklyn Moore followed by one by Chambers left Prairie View still down 7-4.
Hough had a series of kills over the next few serves, keeping the Lady Buffaloes in the set with Eureka still up, 15-10. A kill by Paisley from mid court and a Eureka serve into the net kept Eureka’s lead at five, 18-13. But from there on, it was all the Lady Tornadoes, and the final score was 25-13, Eureka.