Volleyball Falls Comes Up Short in Bid for Upsets
After beating conference foe Central Arizona 3-0 on Wednesday night the Roughriders traveled to the home of the 2015 National Champions (Twinn Falls, ID) and played 2 top 10 ranked teams on Friday.
In the morning match up Yavapai played Salt Lake CC (#8) but came up short in all 3 sets. The Roughriders had segments of the match when they were very strong and were scoring points against the very strong defense of Salt Lake CC. Unfortunately the blocking and transition attacking by Salt lake was too much to overcome.
In the afternoon match up Yavapai played the host Golden Eagles of Southern Idaho College (#2). In the first set the Roughriders kept it close and made a late set surge but eventually dropped the set 22-25. The team’s offense was solid while hitting .273 with 12 kills, 3 errors, and 33 attempts. After the close first set Yavapai could not find any sort of rhythm in the 2nd set and far too many unforced errors plagued the Roughriders who quickly dropped the set 8-25. However, set 3 was a different story as Yavapai jumped out to an early 6-1 lead forcing a timeout to be called by CSI. Yavapai maintained the lead by serving aggressively and attacking well against the strong front line of the Golden Eagles until CSI tied the score at 24-24. The teams then traded points and eventually the Golden eagles offense proved to be too much as the Roughriders dropped the set 25-27.
Right side hitter Kaytlin Yost was a standout for Yavapai as she hit .226. The freshman led Yavapai with 12 kills on 31 attempts and had only 5 errors. She also added 3 block assists, 2 digs, and 1 service ace. Yost contributed 14.5 points to the Roughrider effort which was 5 more points than the 9.5 contributed by sophomore outside hitter Iva Alebic. Alebic was also 2nd on the team in kills with 7 as she chipped in 8 digs and 2 service aces. Defensively Yavapai was led by freshman libero Hannah Semon and sophomore setter Jordan Tilley who collected 17 and 13 digs respectively. Tilley also contributed 25 assists.
Yavapai will continue challenge some of the best teams in the nation as they start their Saturday schedule. At 11:00 am (CST) the Roughriders will play Northwest College (#13) from Wyoming. Yavapai will conclude their play in the Star Invitational at 5:00 pm when they take on Utah State University – Eastern who they beat 3-1 on August 27th in Las Vegas.