PRESCOTT- Liston Bennett and Tate Bassett each had three kills while Harris Temple and Coltin Farnsworth had two but the Prescott Badgers boy's volleyball team could not take down the unbeaten Boulder Creek Jaguars and were swept 3-0.
The Badgers came out of the gate slow in the first game, as the team was unable to pick up a kill and fell to Boulder Creek 25-15. Knowing Boulder Creek was the favorite in this matchup, coach Josiah Ramirez told his team to fight after the sluggish first game.
“I told them after the first set that when they play a team of this caliber like Boulder Creek, they got to play with more of an attitude,” Ramirez said after the game. “They got to have more of a purpose when they are going up to block, going to dig. They got to be a little bit more mean about it because if you’re going to let a team like this walk all over you,they are going to take advantage of it.
Ramirez’s team responded in the second game, picking up eight kills, but lost by four. In the final set, Prescott High School fought but lost control of the game late and fell 25-16. Even though the team lost the final two games, Prescott High School showed considerable more fight.
“It’s fantastic from a coach’s perspective were you have athletes that respect you enough to were they respond and listen to what you are saying and respect you enough to apply it on the court,” Ramirez said. “That’s why they are getting so much better so much faster is that they are putting their trust in me and I’m able to coach these guys the way they need to be coached in order to hang with teams like this.”
The ability for a young Badger team to keep up with a strong Boulder Creek squad provides confidence moving forward.
“I think if we play this caliber every game then we will start to win a lot of matches soon,” Bassett said.
The Badgers (0-3, 0-2 conference) will look to pick up their first win of the season on Wednesday March 15th against the Sunrise Mountain Mustangs at Sunrise Mountain High School. Game time is 5:30pm.