De­ci­sive sec­ond set lifts Prairie Grove over Gen­try

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

PRAIRIE GROVE — The Lady Tigers pre­vailed, 2725, in a see-saw sec­ond set on their way to a sweep of Gen­try (25-18, 27-25, 25-11) in 4A-1 vol­ley­ball ac­tion Tues­day, Sept. 12.

Prairie Grove jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the first set, getting an ace from Sophia Nun­zi­ato and Alisan Alexan­der’s block-kill. Gen­try hit­ting er­rors al­lowed Prairie Grove’s lead to reach 9-3 be­fore they set­tled in. Sopho­more Madi­son Stan­fill served back-to-back aces to pull the Lady Pi­o­neers within two, 108, prompt­ing a Prairie Grove time-out.

The Lady Tigers then fash­ioned a 9-4 run capped by Nun­zi­ato’s ace to go up, 19-12. Ju­nior Madi­son Ward struck for a kill from the out­side hit­ter spot to pull Gen­try within seven, 23-16, but the Lady Tigers reached game-point on fresh­man Lexi Light’s kill. Prairie Grove then worked its of­fense with Light pound­ing a kill from Chrys­ten-Wet­zel’s set to fin­ish the game with a 25-18 win.

The sec­ond set was tied three times early be­fore Prairie Grove edged ahead. The Lady Tigers used a 10-4 run to surge ahead, 15-9 on sopho­more Jansen Wil­liams’ kill. Gen­try fought back, getting kills from se­niors Natalie Robin­son and Han­nah Boss, plus sopho­more Ariel Nix to close within two at 15-13.

Prairie Grove main­tained a 2-point lead all the way to 2119. A key point went to Prairie Grove fol­low­ing a long vol­ley. Prairie Grove fresh­man Kennedy Con­rad was poised to go for a block. Gen­try saw her and didn’t get the ball over, mak­ing the score 23-20.

Gen­try ral­lied with Chastery Fua­matu scor­ing on a block-kill, then pound­ing a kill off Ward’s set. Fa­lyn Cordeiro set for Robin­son, who de­liv­ered an­other point for the Lady Pi­o­neers. Gen­try tied the score at 23-23, but Prairie Grove reached game­point at 24-23 on Ali Edgar’s back-row kill.

Mo­men­tum briefly fa­vored Gen­try with the Lady Pi­o­neers notch­ing the next two points. Fua­matu’s as­sist en­abled Robin­son to fin­ish. Robin­son was hot, getting an­other kill from Cordeiro’s set as the Lady Pi­o­neers reached game-point, at 2524.

Gen­try coach Court­ney Mill­sap liked the team­work Gen­try dis­played.

“We did a lot of good things. We had great com­mu­ni­ca­tion. We moved our feet,” Mill­sap said. “I’m proud of our girls. It’s been an up­hill climb. I’m ready for it to be down­hill.”

The Lady Pi­o­neers couldn’t fin­ish, how­ever.

Wet­zel set for Wil­liams to knot the score. Prairie Grove then scored the next two points to win the sec­ond set, 27-25, on kills by Nun­zi­ato and Emily Tray­lor.

Ste­wart praised the play of Nun­zi­ato, who dom­i­nated the ac­tion in the third set with Prairie Grove win­ning eas­ily, 25-11, to post a 3-0 sweep.

Lin­coln 3, Gen­try 1

The Lady Pi­o­neers trav­eled to Lin­coln on Thurs­day and lost three sets to one, win­ning the first set, 25-15, but los­ing the next three, 25-19, 25-17, and in a close fi­nal set, 27-25.

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