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Friday, October 23, 2015

Prescott spikers down Osceola 3-1, advance to regional final

After losing momentum in Game 1 of their WIAA Division regional tournament semifinal match with Osceola Thursday evening, the Prescott High School volleyball team was not going to let go.

Once the Cardinals got momentum they kept it and kept it all the way to winning the next three games 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 over the No. 3 seeded Chieftains to advance to the championship game Saturday night. PHS will be at Altoona to take the No. 1 seeded Railroaders, a 3-0 winner over No. 4 seed Bloomer.

PHS held a 24-21 lead in Game 1 but Osceola's Aubree Boissy served up six straight points, including two aces, to lead her team to a 27-25 win.

But as with so many times after being knocked down a game or two this season the Cardinals simply got up, dusted themselves off and proceeded to win.

"After they won the first game we realized they were going to play really hard so we had to do the same," Prescott senior Lily Weiser said. "We had to re-focus and get the job done. But that's not hard for us to do because we want to win so bad."

From then on once the Redbirds had momentum and victory in sight they never blinked. Down 11-12 in Game 2, a Bekah Miller kill tied the score up at 12-12 and PHS proceeded to outscore the Chieftains 13-5 led by strong serving by Weiser, Alexis Maxwell and Gabby Janovec.

"We had a lot of aces tonight and long scoring runs," Maxwell said. "They gave us momentum to keep going. Even if we lose a point we know we can get it back right away so we never lose that confidence."

A kill by Osceola's Erin Cutts put her team up 6-2 in Game 3 but all that meant was PHS outscoring them 23-12 for the win.  Serving from Ashley Perry, Kate Miller and Savana Stuhl led the Prescott rally with the kills coming from Weiser, Janovec, Maxwell and Bekah Miller. Prescott's rally in Game 4 was even more impressive. Osceola led 13-7 after a kill by Cutts but a timeout and a Weiser kill on the next play started the momentum stone rolling in the Cards' favor to an 18-6 rally with Kate Miller, Stuhl and Maxwell leading the way at the service line.

"The girls adjusted their hitting and blocking as they needed to but what was most important was how focused they were playing each point," PHS head coach Patti Tulip said. "They're fighters and want to win and at every time out or every huddle was just about getting the next point and no more than that."

Prescott improves to 43-6 overall and avenges a 3-0 sweep Osceola put on them at Prescott last season in the regional finals. PHS returns to the finals match this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Altoona playing for their first title since 1983.

WIAA Division 2 Prep Volleyball Tournament Bracket

PHS volleyball players move towards the net as setter Alexis Maxwell puts the ball in air during Thursday night's regional final match.

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