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Lady Badgers Continue Streak, Beat Rival Bears

22 October 2016  

Lady Badgers trounce Bears in Volleyball

PRESCOTT VALLEY- The Prescott Badgers and Bradshaw Mountain Bears honored breast cancer awareness month by donning shades of pink on Wednesday night as the Badgers pushed their set-winning streak to six after sweeping the Bears in their final meeting of the year at Bradshaw Mountain High School.

The sweep of Mingus on the previous night helped start the momentum going into the rivalry game.

“The hype about just the rivalry between Bradshaw and us, I mean, it definitely helps add adrenaline,” said Badgers coach Josiah Ramirez after the win. “It definitely helps with the momentum winning the match before, but this has it’s own beast in itself.”

The Badgers had their rival’s number throughout the season, sweeping the Bears in all previous meetings.

“It’s pretty exciting for us,” said senior captain Abbey Smith who led the team with 11 kills in the victory. “It feels like a really good accomplishment and we were able to put them away.”

The victory marks the final time seniors of the group experience the unique thrill of facing rival Bradshaw.

“It’s been way fun,” Smith said. “The crowd and everyone gets so into it. It makes me nervous but it makes me super excited and I’m definitely going to miss it.”

Along with Smith, fellow senior Alex Koehler picked up eight kills while Ashlynn Uvila added five.

On the defensive side of the ball, senior Karlee Holliday had six digs while junior Mckella Wright led the team with seven.

The win on Wednesday night was second in as many days for the Badgers with the third game in three days taking place Thursday at 6pm against the Lee Williams Volunteers in Kingman.

Ramirez mentioned the key to these consecutive games is to remain focused by keeping the goal in mind of getting into section, state and continuing to push forward.

Meanwhile the Bears, who feature a very young team, lost another game in a row and drop their record to 5-21 overall.

Even with the loss, Bears coach Natali Sobczak has seen growth in the team.

“One thing they can continue working on is making sure to stay positive when things aren’t working their way,” said Sobczak after the defeat. “They did a lot of good things tonight and they got to build off of that. They are getting closer.”

The Bears will try to turn it around against a tough Flagstaff Eagles team who visit Bradshaw Mountain High School on Thursday for a 6pm matchup.

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