Volleyball: Prairie View tips Rangeview to move alone atop EMAC standings

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AURORA | The chase for the EMAC volleyball title will come down to the final night of the regular season, but Prairie View climbed into the catbird’s seat Tuesday night.

The ThunderHawks took advantage of a handful of errors on key points by Rangeview, played outstanding defense and escaped with a 25-12, 18-25, 25-22, 25-23 victory on the Raiders’ home floor.

Sophomore Tyler Speller finished with 14 kills and junior Jackie McBride add 11 to go with 16 digs, but it wasn’t enough as coach Doug Walker’s Rangeview team saw its 10-match winning streak come to an end. The Raiders (11-7) suffered their first loss in EMAC play and fell a game off the pace set by Prairie View (14-3, 8-0) with one match to play.

Rangeview needs help from Brighton, which plays Prairie View on Oct. 23. A win by the Bulldogs — who the Raiders beat in five sets — would create a three-way tie atop the league standings between the three teams if Rangeview also beats rival Gateway on its Senior Night.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorsports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

Prairie View def. Rangeview 25-12, 18-25, 25-22, 25-23

Rangeview kills: Tyler Speller 14, Jackie McBride 11, Kelsie Hurtado 9; Rangeview digs: Chelsie Thompson 25, Quina Hughes 18, Kelsie Hurtado 17, Jackie McBride 16, Melany Chavez 13; Rangeview assists: Chelsie Thompson 32