YC Volleyball 2008 Season Preview
The Roughriders goal this year is to play either Arizona Western or Eastern Arizona 3 times this year.
Playing a third time would mean Yavapai College would be taking the next step towards qualifying for the NJCAA National Tournament. Only once has the Roughrider volleyball program played in that match, losing to AWC two years ago. Coach Cohen believes his student-athletes and staff are committed to “play a third time” and exemplify Yavapai College’s tremendous athletic tradition.
3 times in a year
“If we reach that third match, anything can happen,” said Cohen. “we have to make that step in our program to get this program back where it should be, a national contender.”
Yavapai’s road to the postseason begins with the New Mexico Military Invitational in Roswell, NM. In addition to facing NMMI, the Roughriders will also play Pratt College, Vernon College, and Otero College.
“With the New Mexico trip coming before school starts, it gives us an opportunity to head out a little early and spend time together as a team,” said Cohen. “It’ll be a tough test early in the season, but that’s what we need to see, the type of competition we will face at the National Tournament.”
Yavapai will also travel to Utah to compete in the Salt Lake City Community College Invitational. The competition will be even tougher starting with perennial power College of Southern Idaho. The Roughriders will also face Northeastern College, MSU-WP, Snow College, and Illinois College.
“We went to the SLCC tournament last year and the competition was phenomenal,” said Cohen. “We had the chance to compete against the eventual national champions, Western Nebraska and hope to see them again this year in bracket play.”
The Roughriders will also travel to Idaho for the CSI Invitational this season. Two non-conference matches against cross-town rival Embry Riddle Aeronautical University are on the schedule this season as well as 18 tough ACCAC matches.
“This season we have 4 home Friday matches which is a great opportunity for us to get more fans involved,” said Cohen. “If they see us play once and witness the level of competition, I know they’ll come back for more.”