Prep Volleyball: Badgers open region play with 3-0 sweep of Mohave

Prescott volleyball players Danielle Dreher (8) and Savanna James (11) go for a block as they host Mohave in their Grand Canyon region opener Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Prescott volleyball players Danielle Dreher (8) and Savanna James (11) go for a block as they host Mohave in their Grand Canyon region opener Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Kate Radavich had seven kills, Sabina Dimaano-Simmons added 17 digs and the Prescott volleyball team opened Grand Canyon region play with a 3-0 sweep over Mohave on Tuesday night.

It is the second straight sweep for Prescott, which opened the season with 3-0 losses to Sunrise Mountain and Cactus.

Junior Danielle Dreher thought the Badgers started slow Tuesday night against the Thunderbirds, but recovered nicely.

“We definitely picked it up at the end and it was really fun,” Dreher said. “We work at the net a lot in practice, especially our defense.”

The 5-foot-11 middle hitter added her team will need to continue to work on their focus.

“I think mostly … so we can be confident when we go to the games and stay out of our heads,” Dreher said.

Prescott (2-2, 1-0 Grand Canyon) played it close in game one with the Thunderbirds, claiming a 25-22 victory, but games two (25-20) and three (25-16) weren’t as close.

Second-year head coach Josiah Ramirez said after the match his club is “looking pretty good” to begin the season, but there’s still a “lot of kinks” to work out.

“They are a young team and getting them to buy into the system that I want them to run, they are still learning, but overall, they are making progress,” Ramirez said, adding the Badgers need to stay away from the longer rallies during match play and put the ball away quicker.

“When we have the free-ball plays, we need to be executing them better,” Ramirez said.

Other standouts for the Badgers include Madison Wood, who recorded six kills and five digs, Bethany Dillon had four digs and four ace serves, while McKella Wright chipped in with 21 assists.

UP NEXT

Three of the next five matches for Prescott come on the road, the first of which is Thursday, Sept. 14, in Prescott Valley in a matchup with rival Bradshaw Mountain. Official start time is set for 6 p.m.

Mohave (3-2, 0-1 Grand Canyon) is scheduled to open the Wolves Classic Volleyball Invitational in Phoenix against Horizon Honors on Friday, Sept. 15.

After the tournament, the Thunderbirds will host Lee Williams on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Official start time is set for 6 p.m.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is associate sports editor and a columnist for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and SoundCloud at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Reach him at bbergner@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.