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Badger Volleyball Stays Hot, Captures Section Title

29 October 2016  
Photos by Torrence Dunham

Lady Badgers capture the 2016 4A Grand Canyon section title.

PRESCOTT- The Prescott Badgers’ (26-11, 11-1 sectional) regular season was capped off in the grandest of fashions Thursday night at Prescott High School as the team swept the Shadow Mountain Matadors in three sets to capture the 2016 4A Grand Canyon section title.

After a wonderful road-trip where the team did not lose a game, which included a win over the former first-place holder Flagstaff Eagles on the road, Prescott was in control of their own destiny on Thursday night and with the win they secured the section title. If the team had lost, it would have made things a bit more interesting where Flagstaff would then have to lose to Coconino in order for the Badgers to secure the title.

“I’m really excited we got the win and we are now section champs,” said senior Ashlynn Uvila after the win. “It was great playing with my best friends on the court for one of the last times and it’s just a surreal feeling.”

The win marks the final regular season game for the eight seniors featured on the 2016 Badgers volleyball squad.

"This team has worked so hard together,” said Badgers senior Alex Koehler. “There is so much chemistry so it works really well out there on the court and everyone loves it.”

Badgers coach Josiah Ramirez reflected after the win about the importance of this group playing together for such a long time.

“They all have an insane amount of intelligence for the game,” said Ramirez. “They have been playing together for so long and that is in itself irreplaceable. They have been playing together for at least six years. That’s a really big core when it comes to female sports.”

With the regular season and the section title behind them, the Badgers now look to keep the train rolling into the playoffs as they strive for the ultimate goal.

“I think we have a lot of momentum right now,” said Badgers senior Erinn Marroquin. “During the next week of practice, we are just going to push hard and work our hardest so we can come together as a team and improve all of the aspects of our game.”

Ramirez said the plan is to set the focus on the division and state playoffs and push the kids to keep working hard because while the regular season is over, there is still a lot of volleyball remaining.

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