Ace in the Hole

YUMA, Ariz. – A dozen aces and big attacks powered the Arizona Western volleyball team on Tuesday night against Chandler-Gilbert in Yuma. The Lady Mats swept CGCC 25-16, 25-12 and 25-19 with a dominant offensive performance. AWC (14-9 overall, 6-5 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) hit .400 as a team and racked up 42 kills to only 10 errors.

In the first set, Ke’ila Williams sent three straight lasers over the net on her serve to put the Lady Mats up 5-3. Williams led the team with seven aces. The set stayed close as the teams traded kills, errors and points all the way into the teens.

Kiara Erving swatted home a kill to give AWC a 17-13 lead, its largest to that point in the match, and AWC slowly pulled away. Erving piled up 10 kills and had a .615 hitting percentage. Yenny Montoya Murillo ripped a beautiful cross court shot into the front corner to end the set 25-16.

Williams again powered the Lady Mats in the second set with excellent serves. She had a pair of aces during a five point spurt, and her serves kept Chandler-Gilbert (4-17 overall, 1-11 ACCAC) out of system and unable to generate a good attack as the team built an 8-3 lead.

AWC never let up through the rest of the set and stayed aggressive. The team pounded out 15 kills without an error and hit .714 for the set on the way to a 25-12 win.

The Lady Mats never trailed in the third set. Montoya Murrillo picked up a pair of kills as AWC jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

Chandler-Gilbert cut it to 5-4, but Erving and Mafe Sandoval smacked back-to-back kills to push the lead back to three at 7-4. Sandoval led the team with 11 kills.

The lead hovered around four or five until Williams started serving again. She had an ace and set her team up for some easy kills as the Lady Mats ran the lead out to 18-9.

Chandler-Gilbert trimmed the lead to 23-19 after taking advantage of a few mistakes by AWC, but an AWC block set up match point. Teuila Lolotai dropped an ace down to win the match and end the third set 25-19. Lolotai had three aces and 17 assists in the match.

Haylee Paladini had nine kills and no hitting errors for AWC, and Neyshlian Roman Concepcion led the team with 12 digs. Sydney Hancock had 19 assists and seven digs.

AWC has two matches left in the regular season. The team heads to Eastern Arizona College on Wednesday, October 25 for a 7:00 p.m. match before closing the season at home against Yavapai College on Friday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.

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