Volleyball Opens 2018 Season 3-1 in New Mexico
The Yavapai Volleyball team traveled to Roswell, New Mexico to start the 2018 season against strong competition at the New Mexico Military Institute Classic.
The Roughirders started on Friday by defeating the pre-season #9 ranked Saints from Seward County CC (KS), 3 sets to 1. Yavapai jumped out to a 2-0 lead with scores of 25-22 and 25-13 but then Seward County made some line up changes and came back strong in set 3, winning 25-10. In set 4 the Roughriders trailed the entire set until the very end when their transition game came alive as they earned the victory in extra points by a score of 27-25. Freshman setter Pilar Daugherty collected 32 assists as she led the offense in her first collegiate action. Daugherty also chipped in 3 digs and 2 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Nynke de Vries led the Roughriders with 13 kills. The middle and right side attacking was very effective for Yavapai. Sophomore middle blocker Makenna Busse, freshman middle blocker Lacie Tenney, and freshman right side hitter Lexi Cole combined for 17 kills all while having 0 attack errors. The trio hit an amazing .315. Sophomore libero Victoria McCarty led the defense with 16 digs and she tossed in 1 service ace.
In the team’s second match they battled closely with Panola College (TX) who started the season ranked # 11 after finishing the 2017 season ranked #8. The Roughriders played well but 34 errors (17 attacking, 7 serving, and 7 reception) proved to be too many against a quality opponent like Panola. the final score were 22-25, 14-25, 23-25. Despite the loss freshman middle blocker Lacie Tenney was dominant offensively with 8 kills, 0 errors, on 20 attempts (.400).
On day 2 of the tournament Yavapai earned 2 more victories as they had an early morning battle with North Central Texas College which went to a deciding 5th set, then they finished off Garden City CC (KS) for their first 3-0 sweep of the 2018 season.
North Central Texas took the opening set by 2 points (23-25) but Yavapai collected themselves and dominated the 2nd & 3rd sets winning 25-14 & 25-21. However NCTC would not go away quietly and they forced a winner take all 5th set by winning the 4th set 11-25. NCTC continued to play well and held the lead until the Roughriders really found their offensive rhythm late as they took command down the stretch and came away with a 15-13 win to close out the victory. Freshman right side hitter Lexi Cole led the way for Yavapai with 11 kils, 12 digs, 5 block assists, and 2 service aces. Freshman setter Pilar Daugherty contributed to the wine with 32 assists, 9 digs, 3 block assists, and 1 service ace. Sophomores Victoria McCarty (libero) and Nynke de Vries (outside hitter) both had a team high 16 digs each to lead the defense.
Even though the Roughriders were weary from their 10 hour journey to Roswell and 3 tough matches in less than 24 hours they found the fortitude to finish the tournament strong by beating Garden City CC 25-23, 25-12, 25-18. Th team combined for 44 kills, only 9 errors, on 131 attempts for a strong hitting percentage of .267. The team effort continued with 28 digs, 8 service aces, 4 solo blocks, and 3 block assists.
Yavapai will look to continue their winning ways as they host North Lake CC (TX) on Thursday night at 7:00 pm for their home opener in Walraven Gym. The volleyball action will continue in Prescott as the team hosts 7 teams in the Dalton Overstreet Invitational on Friday and Saturday. For the complete tournament schedule (pdf) follow the link below.