Prescott spikers sweep past Spring ValleyGame 1 indicated the WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal match between Prescott and Spring Valley would go the distance. But Prescott took care of their fellow Pierce County prep volleyball team in a three-game sweep Thursday.
PRESCOTT - Game 1 indicated the WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal match between Prescott and Spring Valley would go the distance. But Prescott took care of their fellow Pierce County prep volleyball team in a three-game sweep Thursday.
PHS led Game 1 by a 15-7 but Spring Valley came back to take a 23-20 lead. Yet the home team outscored SV 6-1 to win the opening game 26-24 and set the tone for the rest of the match.
"Losing the first game really affected our confidence," Spring Valley head coach Kelli Schlegel said. "We were competitive the whole match but couldn't make the runs we needed to surge past them something would happen, a point for them or a call or something which just held us back."
Prescott took control early of games 2 and 3 and held onto it, winning them by 25-19 scores. What kept Valley was Prescott dominance at the net led by a healthier Mary Kate Pryor and Anna Weiser. Pryor, still recovering from a season-long ankle injury, had 16 kills and nine blocks, to lead her team. Weiser finished 11 kills and eight blocks PHS also received strong hitting from the wings from players such as Kate Kroska and Kayla Lytle.
"When you have so many hitters you really reduce the number of weak spots you have," Prescott head coach Patti Tulip said. When one hitter is in the backrow you have another up front and when you can get scoring from either wing you can move the ball around effectively and get points from all sort of directions."
No. 2 seed Prescott improves to 28-25 overall and faces No. 1 seed and the state's top team in Division 3, Grantsburg, in Grantsburg Saturday at 7 p.m. The Pirates dispatched St. Croix Falls 3-0 in their regional semifinal match. Spring Valley concludes its regular season 28-16 overall.