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Salpointe Catholic ends Badgers' season with 3-0 sweep

PHOENIX — Abbey Smith had 11 kills and 11 digs, Alex Koehler chipped in with eight kills, but the Prescott volleyball team committed 15 attack errors and hit just .200 in a 3-0 loss to No. 6-seeded Salpointe Catholic in the 4A state semifinals Tuesday night.

“We couldn’t execute in serve-receive. It was like quicksand, the harder we tried, the deeper we sank,” Prescott head coach Josiah Ramirez said.

Erinn Marroquin recorded 19 assists and Ashlynn Uvila added seven kills and 10 digs for the No. 2-seeded Badgers, which are eliminated from the postseason after the Lancers handed out a 3-0 (25-23, 25-7, 25-15) sweep.

“There was a weird vibe in the gym. … We were making a bunch of errors, and when you can’t pass in volleyball, it goes downhill from there,” said Ramirez, who led the Badgers to a 29-12 overall record and Grand Canyon (11-1) region title in his first year at the helm.

Salpointe Catholic (32-8, 7-1 Kino) ends the Badgers’ seven-match winning streak, and advances to the state finals against No. 4-seeded Greenway after the Demons beat No. 8 Canyon Del Oro 3-0.

Ramirez said he was “proud” of how well his club played this season.

“They capitalized when they needed to,” Ramirez said. “And the seniors had a wonderful season, so when the graduate, they’ll be able to look back and be proud.”

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is a sports writer and columnist for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and SoundCloud at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Reach him by phone at 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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