Volleyball Makes a Late Comeback to Defeat Broncos 3-2
In order to win their 7th consecutive match Yavapai Volleyball had to come from behind. They dropped the first 2 sets to New Mexico Military Institute then battled back to win 3 consecutive sets and win the match.
The Roughriders struggled to find any consistency in set 1 and made too many errors to give themselves a chance to win the set. They lost by a score of 18-25 with a hitting percentage of only .033. In the 2nd set Yavapai started to gain some momentum with a couple of small scoring runs but again too many unforced errors (.133) kept the score in the Broncos favor, 24-26. In the 3rd set the momentum swung in favor of the Roughriders as they built a lead behind the tough serving of freshmen Kaytlin Yost (5 service aces) and Lauren Ulibarri (2 service aces). They won the set 25-14 with a strong hitting percentage of .286. In the 4th set Yavapai built a small but sustainable lead and forced a decisive 5th set with a 25-21 win. Freshman setter Hayley Huntsman saw her first significant court time in the 4th and helped the Roughriders regain their offensive rhythm with 9 assists and she added 3 kills of her own on only 4 attempts. The last set was the closest of the night with Yavapai holding a 1-2 point lead through most of the shortened 5th set, then eventually the Roughriders finished off the Broncos 15-12 to complete the comeback. The team hit a very respectable .240 in the pressure packed 5th set.
With the win Yavapai improves their overall record to 7-2 (1-1 in ACCAC). Their 7 match winning streak includes a perfect 4-0 home record as well as 21-7 advantages in sets. When asked about the match Head Coach Zach Shaver said “It was not the type of matched we had planned to play but the resiliency our players showed was impressive and we are extremely proud of them for finding a way to win!”
The first chance for Yavapai to extend their winning streak to 8 and improve their ACCAC record to 2-1 will come on Wednesday as they travel to Coolidge, AZ to challenge the Vaqueras of Central Arizona College.