10 November 2016 Torrence Dunham
The Prescott High School Volleyball team conducted themselves with grace and integrity.
The train reached its final stop of the season on Tuesday night for the exciting Prescott Badgers Girls’ Volleyball team as the squad was swept by Salpointe Catholic Lancers in the semi-finals of the 4A Conference 2016 AIA State Girls Volleyball Playoff.
“We’re weren’t able to execute,” said Badgers head coach Josiah Ramirez in a phone interview on Wednesday. “We got beat up at the net a couple of times and it wasn’t going our way last night.”
Throughout the season, the team was led by their core of seniors who capped off their high school volleyball careers with good performances on Tuesday night. Abbey Smith lead the team in digs and kills picking up 11 of each, Alex Koehler smacked eight kills and Ashlynn Uvila added seven kills on the night while also picking up ten digs.
Ramirez was impressed this season with his group of seniors because of their athleticism, knowledge of the sport and their reception to feedback. The group provided a blue-print for underclassmen in the future to repeat the success of this year’s team.
“They set a great standard for what I want of the program,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez must now take the momentum from this year’s success and apply it to the underclassmen still on the team and the talent coming to the program in the future.
“We definitely have our hands full. We have to get these girls up to speed,” Ramirez said. “We are going to be rebuilding for the next couple of years and I’m very excited about it.”
In Ramirez’s first year as head coach, the Badgers finish the season with a 11-1 section mark and a 29-12 overall record with a birth in the semi-finals of the state playoffs. A big key to the success of this year’s squad for Ramirez was teamwork.
“They all got along, they respected each other, they played well together. I mean, it showed on the court with how they played,” Ramirez said. “It was a great experience being the first year that I was there.”