PRESCOTT- After a couple of losses in the “Tournament of Champions”, the Prescott High School volleyball team has responded nicely taking two games on the road before coming home Tuesday night to beat the Lee Williams Volunteers 3-1 in a competitive match.
Lee Williams took the first point of set one but faltered after as Prescott hammered the Volunteers for a 25-5 victory.
The Volunteers were closer in set two jumping out to a early 6-1 lead before that advantage dissipated and the Badgers took off for a 25-13 set win to take a 2-0 lead looking for a three set sweep and the match win.
However, a fire would be lit under the Volunteers as the team jumped back taking another early lead as the teams went back and forth throughout the set before the Volunteers snagged a 25-21 set win with some late heroic saves.
Set four would be even better to watch as the Badgers and Volunteers traded blows throughout the set as no team held more than a five-point advantage. The teams were tied at 24 before the Badgers took the next two points to win a competitive set 26-24 and take the match 3-1.
“We just had to keep our energy,” said senior Alex Koehler who had ten kills in the win. “We started off really strong but then kind of let down a little; we just need to keep our energy throughout all games.”
The Badgers trailed early in three of the four sets on Tuesday night before fighting back to either win the set or make it a close finish.
“I’m confident that they can pull themselves out of a rut or out of a little downslope,” said Badgers Volleyball coach Josiah Ramirez after the victory. “I was confident that they’re going to be able to do what they needed to do to pull out the win.”
Along with leading the team in kills on Tuesday night’s win, Koehler also had the most solo blocks and added four digs. Additionally, seniors Keiana Vicente and Abbey Smith each had eight kills while Ashlynn Uvila added seven to the effort.
Senior Grace Hendricks had a wonderful night on the court as she recorded 16 digs during the four sets equating up to a four dig per set average. Meanwhile, Smith added 12 digs to the winning effort.
The Badgers are now on a four game winning streak after having a five game winning streak broken earlier this month. As the season reaches the mid-way point, coach Ramirez is keeping the team focused on the ultimate goal.
“With the caliber of this team that we have, we need to make sure that we keep on working on everything that we need to work on in practice.” said Ramirez. “We cannot get comfortable with how we are playing or we cannot get satisfied, we need to keep pushing.”
The Badgers, who are now 10-4 on the year, look to keep the winning streak going as the team welcomes in a tough Flagstaff Eagles squad on Thursday for a 6pm match start.