Volleyball finishes 2-2 in the Scottsdale Invitational
A 20-25, 14-25, 10-25 loss against #3 Salt Lake City College was a tough way to start the tournament but the ‘riders responded with two convincing victories to finish the day. A 25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 25-14 win over Central Wyoming College was followed with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 sweep of Mesa Community College.
Salt Lake played like the #3 team in the nation limiting YC to .079 hitting percentage as a team. The ‘Riders struggled in serve received, allowing 11 aces. YC was led by freshmen outside hitter, Haley Shackelford, the current NJCAA Division 1 National Player of the Week with 8 points on 6 kills, 1 block, and 1 ace. Freshmen setter Kara Stueven led the team with 13 assists while sophomore libero Tialei Agader lead the defense with 9 digs.
After a 6 hour break, YC returned to the court to face Central Wyoming and saw several career highs happen. The ‘riders returned to their winning ways led by freshmen outside hitter Haley Shackelford who had 20.5 points on a career high 20 kills and .5 blocks. Freshmen opposite Courtney Mrowczynski scored 14 points on 7 kills, 1 block, and a career high 6 aces. Sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Hess hit .400 for the match with 9 kills. Stueven had 38 assists and 1 digs, both career highs. Agader once again led the defense with 21 digs.
YC has struggled with back-to-back matches this season but that would not be the case on this day. Freshmen outside hitter Haley Shackelford led the ‘riders over MCC with 12.5 points on 11 kills and 1 block. Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Anderson had 8 points on 5 kills and a team high 3 aces. Stueven led the ‘riders with 29 assists. Sophomore Tialei Agader had 34 digs, a career high.
Yavapai finished the tournament on Saturday with a match against Snow College, UT. Those in attendance witnessed an epic, back and forth battle between YC and Snow College Saturday morning. Snow ultimately pulled out a 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 16-25, 16-14 marathon victory. The loss drops YC to 9-6 overall but much was gained from the day. Shackelford continued to lead YC statistically with 24.5 points on 19 kills, 2 aces, and 3.5 blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Anderson had one of her best matches of the year with 17 points on 16 kills and 1 ace. Freshmen setter Kara Stueven led the ‘riders with 41assists, 3 more than her career high established the day before. The defense was led by Agader who had 38 digs, also a career high.
YC returns to the court on Friday and Saturday in Thatcher. On Friday, the lady spikers play the host team, Eastern Arizona College and on Saturday play Arizona Western College. Yavapai returns home on September 22 to entertain the Aztecs from Pima Community College.