Volleyball Returns From New Mexico 3-1
For the opening weekend of the 2014 volleyball season the Roughriders traveled east to Roswell, NM to compete in the New Mexico Military Institute Invitational. Yavapai finished the weekend with 3 wins and 1 loss.
The Roughriders opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over ACCAC opponent Pima CC. The Aztecs won the first set 26-24 then the Roughriders battled back to win sets 2-4 by scores of 25-23, 25-20, 25-18. When asked Coach Zach Shaver commented “I am happy with the way our team improved each set throughout the match and that we did not let the 2 point first set loss bother us.”
Following the win over Pima CC Yavapia took care of Air Force Academy Prep in 3 straight sets (25-18, 25-20, 25-19).
Saturday morning brought an elevated challenge for Yavapai. The Blue Dragons of Hutchinson CC came into the morning 2-0 on the season with a pre-season ranking of #19 in the National Poll. The Roughriders sleighed the nationally ranked Dragons by scores of 25-20, 17-25, 25-23, 27-25. In set 4 Yavapai was down 18-22 but battled back fiercely led by 2 consecutive service aces from Ana Aguilar and eventually won the set in extra points. “I often tell our team that anything can happen in game 5, so I was pleased to see our team reach a new level and find ways to score when the pressure was on.” stated Shaver.
The final match of the NMMI Invitaional saw the Roughriders take on another nationally ranked opponent (#14) in Odessa CC out of Texas. Two ranked opponents in 5 hours proved to be a little too much for the team of 12 freshmen and 3 sophomores to handle. Yavapia fought valiantly but lost by scores of 16-25, 15-25, 19-25. Shaver commented that the scores were not an indication of how we played. “The team competed well and executed several parts of our game plan.”
The Roughriders return to action on in their first ACCAC match of the season against South Mountain CC on Wednesday 8/27 at 7:00 pm in Phoenix, AZ.