Badgers’ spikers sweep Seton Catholic, reach state semis
PRESCOTT – For the first time since 2011, Prescott High’s volleyball team has advanced to the state tournament’s semifinal round after sweeping Seton Catholic, 3-0, in the quarterfinals on Saturday night, Nov. 5.
In the Class 4A playoffs at the PHS Dome Gym, the second-seeded Badgers made it their second clean sweep of the state tourney, as they blanked 15th-seeded Pueblo Magnet in the opening round Nov. 2, also at home.
Prescott (18-1 overall record), a winner of 10 straight power-point matches, will face sixth-seeded Salpointe Catholic (15-4) in the semis at 5 p.m. this Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix. Salpointe upset No. 3 Flagstaff in the quarters, also on Saturday evening.
Versus Seton Catholic, Prescott was led by senior outside hitter Abbey Smith, who tallied 15 kills, 19 digs and two blocks. Alex Koehler followed with 10 kills, four digs and a block. Ashlynn Uvila (nine kills), Kella Wright (18 assists, 11 digs) and Grace Hendricks (13 digs) also stood out.
The Badgers have not been back to the state semifinals since 2011, when they suffered a sweep at the hands of Arcadia at Grand Canyon University. They seem determined to reach the title match this fall after enduring some postseason struggles the past few years.
In 2015, Prescott lost in the first round to Tucson Sahuaro in four games. In 2014, the Badgers fell in the quarterfinals to Catalina Foothills, also in four sets. And in 2013, PHS was eliminated in the first round by Deer Valley in five games.