Photo: 9 Amelia Diener uses a soft touch to get the ball over 7 Rylie Henige
After sweeping the Tempe Buffaloes on the road 3-0 to open the season, the Badgers came home looking to pick up another win against the Cactus Cobras.
The Cobras came to play, winning 3-1 over the Badgers in front of an vivacious student section in the Badger Dome.
Cactus tried their best to subdue the crowd by opening up a lead midway through the first game, ultimately winning the opener by seven. That did little to change the atmosphere.
The Badgers pulled together a solid performance to take game two in another close contest. Prescott was able to put a run together to win by five.
Game three saw the Badgers open up a lead early. The game was tied at 16, before the Cobras went on an 8-0 run, despite a Prescott timeout down 20-16, Cactus scored four more to go up 24-16. The Badgers scored twice, but an unforced error gave the Cobras the winning point.
Cactus came out strong in game four, building off the momentum they produced in game three. The Badgers struggled at different spots, and fell by 13 to end the match.
The loss drops Prescott to (1-1). The Badgers will battle rival Bradshaw Mountain, next Tuesday in Prescott Valley at 6pm. Cactus improves to (2-0), and will host Greenway next Wednesday.
CACTUS COBRAS 3, PRESCOTT BADGERS 1
Games – 1 2 3 4
Cactus 25 20 25 25
Prescott 18 25 18 12
The Badgers made it look easy with a 9-0 home sweep over the Tempe Buffaloes.
Coach Bobbi Yoder said, “We still have a lot to improve on as we move forward. We look forward to playing a little more competitive team at Cactus.”
Prescott improves to (2-0) on the young season and will make the trip to Phoenix tonight to face the Cactus Cobras at 4pm.
#1 Ellie Long won 2-0 over Jasmine Thompson 21-11, 21-11
#2 Megan Townsend won 2-0 over Linda Vasquez 21-4, 21-3
#3 Nicole Raiss won 2-0 over Jimena Calderon Feliciano 21-2, 21-2
#4 Riley Crockett won 2-0 over Jennifer Villanueva 21-4, 21-4
#5 Lauren Farley won 2-0 over Grissel Lopez Bahena 21-9, 21-3
#6 Calli Naylor won 2-0 over Emma Benally 21-3, 21-7
#1 N.Raiss/R. Crockett won 2-0 over J. Thompson/L. Vasquez 21-14, 21-5
#2 M. Townsend/E. Long won 2-0 over J. Feliciano/J. Villanueva 21-4, 21-2
#3 C. Naylor/T. Bruner won 2-0 over J. Villalobos/E. Benally 21-13, 21-13