Three Roughriders Earn All-ACCAC Honors
At the completion of the 2016 regular season the ACCAC volleyball coaches met to determine which players deserved All-Conference accolades. The top 18 players were selected to either the 1st Team, 2nd Team, or Honorable Mention. After helping Yavapai to a 3rd place finish (11-5) 3 of the Roughriders were selected All-ACCAC teams. 2016 is the first time since 1995 that 2 Roughriders were selected to the 1st Team All-ACCAC.
Sophomore setter Jordan Tilley was named to the 1st team All-ACCAC, and All-Region 1 teams. Tilley was also selected as the ACCAC Setter of the Year. (2016 is the inaugural year that a Setter and Libero of the Year were selected.) She finished 2nd in the ACCAC with 916 assists and 1st among setters with 304 digs. Jordan also contributed from the service line with 36 aces which is also tops among ACCAC setters. An unofficial volleyball statistic borrowed from basketball statistics is double / doubles. Jordan was first for Yavapai with 18 matches in which she reached double digits in both assists and digs. The best match of the season statistically for Jordan came against South Mountain CC on October 14th when the Roughriders had to rally from down 0-2 on the road to win in 5 sets. She finished with 48 assists, 15 digs, 5 kills, .288 hitting percentage, and 1 service ace. As a freshman Jordan was selected to the 2nd Team All-ACCAC and led the Roughriders to their first ever District C Championship and birth into the DI NJCAA National Championship Tournament.
Sophomore outside hitter Iva Alebic was also named to the 1st team All-ACCAC, and All-Region 1 teams. Alebic finishes the season #1 in kills with 333 and 7th with 3.08 kills per set. One of the newer measures of effectiveness since volleyball switched to rally scoring is points scored and points per set. Iva is 2nd behind teammate Kaytlin Yost with 390 points scored and 7th with 3.6 points per set. Alebic is 3rd in the ACCAC with 39 service aces. Iva finished with 10 double / doubles. Her strongest match of the season was also in the comeback against South Mountain CC when she contributed 21 kills, .288 hitting percentage, 16 digs, 3 block assists, and 3 service aces. During her freshman campaign Iva was selected as 2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All-ACCAC, and was a Pinnacle Award (4.0 GPA) winner. She finished #2 in kills per set for NJCAA DI.
Freshman right side hitter Kaytlin Yost was named to the ACCAC Honorable Mention team. Yost finished the regular season with 303 kills which is tied for 3rd best in the ACCAC. She is tied for 1st in service aces and 2nd in service aces per set with 47 and .44 respectively. Kaytlin leads the ACCAC with 395.5 points and is 4th with 3.7 points per set. Her biggest output of the season came against Arizona Western on September 16th when she finished with 22 kills, .340 hitting percentage, 6 digs, 2 block assists, and 1 service ace.
Yavapai (#2 seed) returns to action at 7:00 pm on Wednesday November 2nd as will do battle with the Gila Monsters of Eastern Arizona College (#3 seed) for the 4th time this season. The winner will move on to face the #1 seeded Arizona Western College (Lady Matadors) on Friday November 6th for the District C Championship and a spot in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. The 2016 National Championship Tournament will be held in Casper, WY November 17-20.