October 11, 2016
Pioneers Put Up Fight, Fall on “Sophomore Night”
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- The Prairie State College volleyball team was primed and ready to send its three sophomore out in style while delivering its first win of the 2016 campaign Monday night.
Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be.
The Pioneers dropped its match with Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Waubonsee in three hard-fought sets by final counts of 25-10, 25-19 and 25-16 at the PSC Field House.
With the setback, PSC saw its season ledger fall to 0-6 and 0-5 in Skyway action.
Prior to the match, PSC honored its three outgoing sophomore as outside hitter Amanda Frantz (Solid Rock Academy, Ind.), Morgan Harlow (South Central H.S., Ind.) and middle blocker Jala Wilson (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) were all recognized.
PSC head coach Dawn Barnes presented each with a framed replica of their jersey with a photo inside.
PSC got out of the gates slowly in Game 1, trailing 11-1 early. Unfortunately, the Pioneers were never able to mount a solid comeback.
Prairie State found itself staring at a 4-0 deficit before the Pioneers slowly began to chip away.
An ace by freshman outside hitter Brianna Oliver (Rich East H.S.) made it a 9-7 game.
Consecutive kills by freshman outside hitter Riley Bowler (Beecher H.S.) and Harlow made it a 21-17 set before the Chiefs finally pulled away.
The Pioneers hung tough in Game 3, trailing by just a handful of points throughout before Bowler and Wilson combined on a block to cut the lead to 21-14.
The Pioneers will see action next on Oct. 20 when they host Lake County at the field house (6 p.m.).
September 29, 2016
Valiant Effort Falls Short as South Suburban Clips PSC
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Despite another all-out, hard-fought showing, the Prairie State College volleyball team was unable to garner a win Thursday night, falling to NJCAA Region IV foe South Suburban at the PSC Field House.
With the setback, the Pioneers saw their season record fall to 0-4.
PSC dropped the match by final scores of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-19.
The Bulldogs jumped out on PSC early in Game 1, racing out to a 6-0 advantage.
The Pioneers would pull no closer than 13-7, thanks in part to a South Suburban hitting error.
The second set would witness the Pioneers play their most inspired volleyball of the season as head coach Dawn Barnes’ squad took a 1-0 lead thanks in part to a kill from freshman opposite hitter Riley Bowler (Beecher H.S.).
That lead was short-lived however as South Suburban raced out to a 10-4 edge.
The Pioneers would storm back, however, eventually taking a 19-16 edge, as sophomore middle blocker Jala Wilson (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) and sophomore outside hitter Morgan Harlow (South Central H.S., Ind.) teamed up for a vicious block.
An 8-0 South Suburban run eventually pushed the visitors to a 24-19 edge.
The Pioneers still showed life in the set following a Bowler kill at 24-20 the Bulldogs registered set point.
South Suburban lead 6-1 in the early going of the Game 3, before a Harlow kill cut the deficit to 17-14.
A Harlow kill and ace down the stretch, mad things interesting at 24-18 before the Bulldogs rattled off match point.
The Pioneers will hit the court next on Tuesday when they take on Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart Oakton in Des Plaines (6 p.m.).
September 20, 2016
Despite All-Out Effort, PSC Falls to Local Rival in Home Opener
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- No one could question the heart or the tenacity of the Prairie State College volleyball team following its performance Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, all that grit and determination just didn’t translate into a win.
The Pioneers fell in three hard-fought sets to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Moraine Valley in their home-opener at the PSC Field House.
The Cyclones claimed the match by set scores of 25-12, 25-15 and 26-15.
With the setback PSC moved to 0-2 both overall and within the ISCC.
PSC hung tough throughout the opening set, taking a 4-3 lead early before Moraine Valley took control down the stretch.
Prairie State trailed 7-3 in the early going of Game 2 before freshman opposite hitter Riley Bowler (Beecher H.S.) took the match into her own hands, rattling off four straight points to deadlock the set at 7-all.
The 5-foot-7 Bowler kick-started her scoring barrage with a kill before turning in an outstanding effort from behind the service line, courtesy of a trio of consecutive aces.
The Pioneers took an 8-7 advantage one serve later, thanks to a Cyclones hitting error.
Both teams fought back and forth throughout the middle portion of the second set as PSC would tie the tilt at 9-all before taking a short-lived 10-9 lead following another MVCC hitting miscue.
A kill and block on consecutive points by sophomore middle blocker Jala Wilson (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) pulled Prairie State to within a tally at 13-12.
A well-struck kill by freshman outside hitter Brianna Oliver (Rich East H.S.) cut the Cyclones’ edge to 15-13.
Moraine Valley closed out the game with a 10-1 stretch.
The Cyclones ran out to a 5-2 lead early in Game 3 before PSC employed the help of two MVCC miscues and a kill from sophomore outside hitter Morgan Harlow (South Central H.S., Ind.) to tie the contest at 6-all.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as PSC would come to taking over the game as the Cyclones used a 9-0 run to effectively put the set, and match, out of reach.
The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday, September 27 when they travel to McHenry for a road date with the Scots (6 p.m.).