Prescott pushed WCMS right up to the edge in the first game but fell short. The Lady Bulldogs then regrouped and settled in and took back-to-back wins to capture the match, 2-1, Monday in McMinnville.
It was a great matchup for the Lady Pioneers and the two teams were evenly matched, so much so the two teams ran the score in the first match to 31-29.
WCMS won the race to 25 but you must win by 2 and the Lady Bulldogs were not going down without a fight.
Prescott quickly reclaimed the lead at 26-25 and was serving for the match. The Lady Pioneer defense held and covered the court well enough to take the lead back at 27-26 and Prescott called timeout. The timeout worked for the Lady Bulldogs and their defense was solid and tied the game at 27.
The Lady Pioneers scored after what turned into quite a lengthy rally by both teams at 28-27. WCMS followed up with a serve that went long and the score was locked again at 28.
Prescott gained control of the lead again at 29-28 but once again the Lady Pioneer defense held firm and WCMS moved out front 30-29. Beth Vaughn was serving for the game and Prescott rallied and returned the ball back across the net to Lady Pioneer Anniston McBride. She jumped up and quickly tipped the ball back across to an open area for the 31-29 win.
In the first game, WCMS led by as many as seven but the Lady Bulldogs clawed their way back into the game at locked the score at 18.
The second game started off exactly like the first game had ended. Neither team was ready to quit.
WCMS finally broke out and pulled away 19-12 but served the ball out of bounds and then gave the ball back to Prescott. WCMS held off a long rally by the Lady Bulldogs. Reagan Whitlock went to the floor to keep the point alive for WCMS and the Lady Pioneers held a 22-21 lead over the Lady Bulldogs.
Prescott tied the game and the Lady Bulldog fans were on their feet as WCMS called for timeout. Back-to-back mistakes by WCMS propelled Prescott closer to the win, 24-22. The Lady Pioneer defense held firm again and WCMS served its way back to a score of 24-23. WCMS returned the ball into the net and Prescott took the second game 25-23.
In the third and deciding game of the match, Prescott came out firing and quickly ran the score up to 6-0. The WCMS defense was stunned and confused. The Lady Pioneers were called for too many hits and the Prescott lead went to 9-0.
WCMS went into scramble mode and the Lady Pioneers substituted three players in order to find the right combination on defense. The lead was 14-2 in favor of Prescott but the Lady Bulldogs lead was too great even though WCMS charged back and made it close at the end.
WCMS served its way back to 14-11 but its final serve went into the net and Prescott took the third game 15-11 and the match 2-1.
WCMS volleyball will be back on its home floor Sept. 17 versus Coffee County with game time scheduled for 4:30 p.m.