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Badgers Volleyball Coming Together as They Sweep Bradshaw, Remain Undefeated

16 September 2016   Torrence Dunham

The Badgers sweep the Bradshaw Bears.

Things couldn’t be nicer for the Prescott Badgers Volleyball team as they came into a home rivalry matchup versus the Bradshaw Mountain Bears without a loss on the season and continued that trend Thursday night sweeping the Bradshaw Mountain Bears in three sets.

In set one, the Prescott Badgers jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it going on to a convincing 25-5 win. 

The second set was closer as the teams traded blows in the beginning but the Badgers turned it on late for a 25-16 victory.

After a break to cheer with the student section, the Badgers were looking for the win to record a three match sweep against their rival Bradshaw Mountain Bears. The Badgers pulled away in the middle of the set and coasted their way to a 25-11 victory.

“The mood of the team is definitely comfort,” said Badgers head coach Josiah Ramirez after the victory. “They have been playing so long with each other, so it definitely makes it easy on my part, and being that I’m able to send the same group out for them to take care of business consistently, it’s definitely nice as a coach.” 

Multiple Badgers had standout performances in the win Thursday night. Grace Hendricks, Karlee Holiday and Erin Marroquin all had nine digs Thursday night. Meanwhile, Abby Smith and Alex Kohler each contributed six kills to the cause with Smith also recording five digs. 

Additionally, it has been a struggle so far for a rebuilding Bradshaw Mountain Bears team who suffered their fifth straight loss and second shut-out in a row. 

“We have a very young team that are looking to find their grooves on the court,” said Bradshaw Mountain Bears head coach Natali Sobczak after the loss on Thursday night. “It’s a tough loss but they are needing to find the intensity and stay at a certain level without dipping down and getting quiet in their heads.” 

A plus for Ramirez in the victory Thursday night was having the ability to substitute multiple players for rest and to get others prepared for the upcoming “Tournament of Champions” over the weekend. Badgers are back on the home court Tuesday, September 27th against Lee Williams at 6pm.

The Bears will look to jump back over the weekend in the “Wolves Classic” before returning home against Coconino for a 6pm match on Thursday, September 22nd.