Prairie View volleyball heads to sub-state with winning record

Prairie View's Brooklynn Moore drives the ball for a kill during last week's match against Wellsville at home. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)

The Prairie View volleyball team took a five-match winning streak into last Tuesday’s dual with Santa Fe Trail and Wellsville at home. And while the Lady Buffaloes handled the Santa Fe Trail Chargers convincingly, Wellsville was another story.

In the first set, the Chargers built an early lead, 7-2. A kill by Prairie View’s Kinley Baker earned a point and started a rally that would see the Lady Buffalo cut the lead to 2 points, 9-7. A kill by Braxton Stainbrook the Charger lead to a single point.

The Chargers slowly built up the lead again, but a block by Brooklynn Moore put the Lady Buffaloes down by two points, 15-13. A kill by Janey Hough kept the Buffs close.

Prairie View kept chipping away at the Charger’s lead and tied the match at 21-21. But a kill by Moore gave the Buffs the lead. Prairie View would allow no more points to be scored against them in the set, and won the set 25-21.

The two teams were evenly matched early in the second set, but kills by Moore and then Baker put the Lady Buffaloes up 9-7. An ace by Emma Chambers gave Prairie View an 11-7 lead, a lead they would never relinquish, and they beat the Chargers 25-11 to take the match 2-0.

Chambers had five kills and an ace in the match; Lexi Baker had four kills and three digs; Kinley Baker had two kills and a solo block; Julia Paisley had 13 digs and one kill; Hough had two kills and five digs, Moore and Baker had two kills and three digs each; Lauren Aust had three digs; and Braxton Stainbrook had a kill, an ace, four digs and 12 assists.

The Lady Buffaloes started out slow in the first set against the Wellsville Eagles, and it cost them. Down early in the set 9-4, a block and an ace by Kylee Eastwood kept Prairie View in the game. But they couldn’t catch up, with the Eagles taking the set, 25-19.

Wellsville took the lead in the second set, 13-11, but an ace by Chambers kept Prairie View in the game. The Buffs tied it at 15-15, and a kill by Paisley put the team on top, temporarily. The Eagles built a 23-21 lead and an ace by Hough brought Prairie View within a point.

Prairie View senior Julia Paisley returns a serve as Lauren Aust provides backup during last week's match against Wellsville.

Tied at 25-25, three kills by Baker put the Lady Buffaloes up 28-27, and Prairie View went on to win the set 29-27.

Wellsville could not come back in the third set, with Prairie View quickly building a sizable lead. And on a Moore kill, the Lady Buffs took the set 25-15 and the match, 2-1.

Moore had 15 kills and 11 digs in the match; Hough had seven kills and 20 digs; Kinley Baker had eight kills; Lexi Baker had six kills and three digs; Chambers had four kills and five digs; Aust had nine digs; Paisley had two assist and 30 digs; and Stainbrook had 38 assists and 11 digs.

The win against Wellsville bumped the Lady Buffs record to 19-8.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Lady Buffaloes traveled to Ft. Scott for tournament play. They won 2-1 in a match against league rival Anderson County, however, they lost 2-1 against the host school and lost in straight sets against Independence.

The team travels to Humboldt this Saturday, Oct. 23, to begin sub-state play.

The end of the regular season, statistics for the Prairie View show balanced team going into sub-state. Here are the numbers for some of the key players:

No. 5 Emma Chambers, Jr. – 65 kills, 32 blocks, 12 assists, 63 digs, 34 aces

No. 8 Janey Hough, Sr. – 191 kills, 10 blocks, 19 assists, 258 digs, 22 aces

No. 9 Julia Paisley, Sr. – 40 kills, 376 assists, 376 digs, 22 aces

No. 10 Kinley Baker, Sr. – 123 kills, 26 blocks, 2 assists, 47 digs, 22 aces

No. 11 Brooklynn Moore, Sr. – 120 kills, 11 blocks, 69 assists, 167 digs, 11 aces

No. 12 Lauren Aust, Sr. – 1 kill, 1 block, 5 assists, 91 digs, 162 serving receive attempts

No. 13 Cayden Forrester, Sr. – 3 kills, 1 block, 28 digs, 19 aces

No. 14. Braxton Stainbrook, senior – 33 kills, 6 blocks, 1,706 assists, 122 digs, 32 aces

No. 15 Kylee Eastwood, Sr. – 32 kills, 14 blocks, 6 digs, 1 ace

No. 29 Lexi Baker, Jr. – 56 kills, 15 blocks, 6 assists, 10 blocks,

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