Yavapai Volleyball Takes Down #20 Arizona Western
On Wednesday night the Roughriders needed all 5 sets and extra points in the 5th to improve their ACCAC record to 4-4 (overall record of 13-8) but they did it by beating the Lady Matadors 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 21-19. Arizona Western entered the match undefeated in ACCAC play (6-0) and sporting a national ranking of #20.
The entire match was close from start to finish with the biggest margin of victory coming when Yavapai took set 2 by 5 points. The Roughrider offense was more efficient tonight 59 kills and only 14 errors on 252 attempts which led to a hitting percentage of .179. The defense came up huge also, Yavapai had 75 digs to go along with 15 total blocks.
Sophomore outside hitter Nynke de Vries led Yavapai with 20 kills (.205) and was 2nd on the team with 17 digs. Both middle blockers, freshman Lacie Tenney and sophomore Makenna Busse were outstanding at the net with 15 kills (.325) and 11 kills (.256) respectively. The duo also contributed on 14 of the team’s 15 total blocks. Sophomore libero Victoria McCarty led the defense with 21 digs and she chipped in 1 of the team’s 3 service aces. Freshman setter Pilar Daugherty ran the offense all night gathering 52 assists and 14 digs.
When Coach Shaver was asked what made the difference in such a close match he said “We were a determined and prepared team tonight that was going to find a way to win no matter the circumstance. Our passing was spot on and that led to better offensive production. I am very proud of who our team is becoming at this point in the season!”
Yavapai will return to the court in Walraven Gym on Friday at 7:00 pm as the Gauchos of Glendale CC come to town sporting a national ranking of #6 in NJCAA DII.