Volleyball Drops 2 Matches on Day 1 at Star Invitational
The Roughriders started Saturday by playing their best sets of the year against #5 Salt Lake CC but it wasn’t quite enough as they lost 23-25 and 26-28. Yavapai led 24-20 in the 2nd set but could not find the kill it needed to win the set. Unfortunately the etam could not maintain the high level of play and dropped the 3rd set 14-25.
Individual highlights included freshman outside hitter Nynke de Vries with 14 kills (.245), freshman libero Victoria McCarty and sophomore outside hitter Jailyn Butler both with 12 digs, and sophomore middle blocker Baylie Stephens with 5 total blocks.
In their 2nd match of the Star Invitational Yavapi took on Snow College but the #10 Badgers proved to be too much for the Roughriders as they fell in straight sets (18-25, 22-25, 17-25). There was not enough offense for Yavapai as they could only muster a hitting percentage of .064. Individual standouts included sophomore outside Jailynn Butler with 12 kills, freshman setter Kanani Hiapo with 18 assists, and sophomore right side hitter Kaytlin Yost with 2 service aces.
Yavapai will look to gets its first win of the tournament at 9:00 (MT) as they take on Casper College then they will play the #6 team in the country (College of Southern Idaho) who is the tournament host.