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Badger Volleyball Advances to Semis Following Sweep of Sentinels

06 November 2016  

The Prescott High School Volleyball team continues to bring home the victories. 

PRESCOTT- A packed dome at Prescott High School erupted in an ear-piercing celebration on Saturday evening as the Prescott High School girls volleyball team secured the final point in a three-match sweep of the Seton Catholic Sentinels in the quarterfinals to advance to the semi finals of the 2016 4A Conference AIA State Volleyball Playoff. 

“I’m basically speechless right now,” said senior Ashlynn Uvila following the celebration. “I’m just so excited, the whole team is excited. I don’t know whether to scream or cry right now. I’m just so happy.” 

The Sentinels gave the Badgers a run for their money by scoring at least twenty points in each set and keeping up with Prescott throughout. However, the Badgers proved too tough in the end for Seton Catholic. The victory marks the Badgers’ sixth sweep in their last seven matches going back to the regular season. 

“It’s just our personalities. We all really click,” said senior Erinn Marroquin following the victory. “We all try to stay motivated.” 

The offense in the Badgers’ quarterfinal sweep was fueled by the teams’ talented offensive core of seniors. Abbey Smith led the team with 15 kills while Alex Koehler notched 10 and Uvila added nine kills on the evening. The Badgers were all over the court defensively on Saturday night as four players racked up double digit digs. Smith also led the team in digs with 19 while Grace Hendricks added 13, Marroquin picked up 12 and, the junior, McKella Wright got 11 digs in the win. 

Badgers coach Josiah Ramirez walked into the dome with a full head of hair before the game. However, he was hoping to lose it by the conclusion of the game, which ended up coming to fruition. Ramirez said following a crucial win against Flagstaff on the road in late October, the players came up with a wager for their coach. If the Badgers win and make it to the semi finals, they could shave Ramirez’s head in honor of the victory.

Once the final point was recorded, Ramirez sat in a chair surrounded by a large group fans and enthusiastic players as the team took clippers and began to give their coach a haircut starting with his ponytail. Ramirez said he did not have any regrets about losing his hair because all he wants to do is find ways to motivate his team from the sidelines.

“To see them play the way that they did tonight, whether the hair was one of the big motivators or not, personally I don’t care” Ramirez said. “I’m very happy to see that they played very well tonight.” 

The Badgers (#2 in the 4A conference with a 28-11, 11-1 section record) will take a day off before jumping back into practice on Monday as the team prepares for their matchup in the semi-finals of the state volleyball playoffs against the Salpointe Catholic Lancers (#6 in 4A conference with a 31-8, 7-1 section record) at Mountain Point High School in Phoenix on Tuesday November 8th at 5:00pm.

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