2014 Volleyball Schedule Released
Yavapai Volleyball will start the 2014 campaign on the road at the New Mexico Military Institute Classic in Roswell, NM on August 22nd. The Roughriders will play in 4 matches while in New Mexico including Hutchinson CC who was ranked in the top 25 of the NJCAA polls for most of 2013.
Then the schedule gets even tougher for Yavapai as they travel to Brenham, TX to compete in the Applebee’s Classic hosted by Blinn CC. Blinn finished the season as NJCAA DI National Champions with a record of 28-2. While in Texas the Roughriders will also take on Tyler JC who finished as the National Runners Up to Blinn. Tyler boasted a 34-5 record for 2013 with all 5 of their losses coming at the hands of Blinn CC.
The final tournament of the season will be hosted by Yavapai in Walraven Gym on September 5th & 6th. The Roughrider Invitational will include South Mountain CC, Phoenix College, Eastern Arizona College, New Mexico Military Institute, and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
The first home ACCAC matchup will occur on Wednesday September 10th with rival Arizona Western College at 7:00 pm. From that point on the remainder of the schedule for Yavapai will consists of ACCAC opponents except for a very special match on Saturday September 20th.
Yavapai and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University will renew their Crosstown Battle Against Breast Cancer on Saturday September 20th. The match will be hosted by ERAU in 2014 and be played at 4:00 pm. All proceeds from the match and t shirt sales will be donated to the YRMC Breast Cancer Center in Prescott Valley. Last year the two teams combined effort resulted in a donation of over $4,000 to YRMC.
The Roughriders have their sights set on the post season in 2014 which is scheduled to start on Thursday November 6th. Only the top 2 DI teams in the ACCAC advance to challenge for the right to advance on to the NJCAA DI National Championship Tournament.
When asked about the 2014 schedule head coach Zach Shaver said “This will be an extremely tough schedule for our team but I strongly believe that if you do not play the best teams possible early in the season you will not be prepared to advance past ACCAC play. Our conference is extremely tough day in and day out so the toughest team survives to compete for the National Championship! If the best teams in the country are not on your schedule it is impossible to beat them.”