Volleyball Falls In Finals
The Roughrider volleyball season came to a halt Friday night in the NJCAA Region I Division I Championship Match in Thatcher against Eastern Arizona College. EAC beat Yavapai 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19) to advance in the post-season play-offs. Yavapai concludes the season with a 26-15 record, their best season since 1996.
Despite losing in three, the lady spikers battled to the bitter end. Head Coach Matt Cohen said, “We played really well at times keeping the crowd out of it”. In the first set, both teams were tied at 18 until EAC scored three straight points to take control the game. In the second set, YC led 10-8 before the #8 ranked Gila Monsters ran off five straight points to kill the YC momentum and propel the ACCAC champions to the victory. Despite being down two sets, the ‘Riders began set three with leads of 6-2 and 10-4. However, EAC tied the match at 15 and went on a 10-5 run to finish the game and the match and advance to the NJCAA District Finals.
In their final match as Roughriders, sophomore Jen Hess had 3 kills and 2 blocks; Jordan Anderson had 6 kills and 5 digs; Kelli Heenan had 3 digs; and Tialei Agader had 2 assists and 13 digs.