Updated: Oct 19, 2021
Going into Thursday’s match against Jayhawk-Linn last Thursday, the Prairie View volleyball team had been on a roll, taking second place in a tournament across state line and besting Osawatomie twice and Anderson County once for a 16-8 record.
While the Lady Buffaloes knocked off the 1-12 Jayhawks in three straight sets, their opponent made them work for it.
In the first set, the Lady Jayhawks went up 8-7 on a block by senior Marissa Baldwin, but an ace by Prairie View senior Julia Paisley put the Buffaloes up 9-8. A block by Jayhawk junior Savanna Moeller put her team just one point down.
But a pair of blocks by Buffalo senior Kinsley Baker gave Prairie View a two-point advantage, 14-12. A kill by senior Janey Hough gave Prairie View a 15-12 lead.
An ace by senior Addison Stokes-Todd kept the Jayhawks in the game, but a kill on set point by Hough gave the set to the Lady Buffaloes, 25-19.
Senior Rosie Seagren helped the Lady Jayhawks build a lead in the second set. A kill followed by an ace moments later by Seagren gave the visitors a 14-11 lead. But a kill by Hough put life back into the Prairie View team, allowing Jayhawks only two more points while building a 21-16 lead.
A block by Prairie View junior Emma Chambers pushed the lead to 22-16, and Chambers followed with a kill moments later to give Prairie View a win, 25-19.
In the third set, Prairie View built an early lead. A kill by Jayhawk junior Anna Schneider helped put points on the board, but by that time the Buffaloes held a 15-3 lead. A pair of aces by Stokes-Todd helped keep the Jayhawks in the set, but an ace by Paisley ended the set with a score of 25-8 Prairie View.
Senior Braxton Stainbrook and Baker had six aces each in the match for Prairie View. Braxton also had 18 assists and nine digs. Hough had seven kills and seniors Kylee Eastwood and Brooklyn Moore had four kills each.
Baldwin had three kills and 17 digs for the Jayhawks. Stokes-Todd had four aces, Schneider, Seagren and Jadyn Marrs had three kills each, Callie Holt had seven digs, and Rylee Spencer had 28 assists.
Despite the loss, Jayhawk coach Christa Holt said she thought her team put out a good effort.
"For the most part, I thought we did okay against a much more talented team," Holt said. "We played hard for the first 15 points of each set, but we just couldn’t finish the rally. We don’t have the hitters that Prairie View has, but it was a fun night and the atmosphere was pretty electric between the two teams."
Prairie View hosts league opponents Santa Fe Trail and Wellsville on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
The Jayhawks travel to Uniontown on Tuesday to face both Oswego and Uniontown.