YUMA, Ariz. – Home sweet home. Finally! The Arizona Western volleyball team spent the first four weeks of the season on the road, and they finally had a chance to play in Yuma. The team beat Pima in straight sets 25-16, 25-14 and 25-22.
After taking the first two sets in a comfortable fashion, the Lady Mats (9-6 overall, 1-2 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) dug a huge hole at the start of the third set. Pima’s (4-9 overall, 2-3 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) libero, Anissa Conrad, served well on the way to seven straight points and an 8-1 lead.
AWC middle blocker Kiara Erving slammed home a quick set from Sydney Hancock to stem the tide, and the Lady Mats started to chip away at the lead. Yolaine Mosquera Lopez blasted a ball home to trim the Pima lead to 10-7.
The two teams traded errors and points back and forth, and Pima led 14-12. Conrad served it into the net, and then Erving stuffed down a Pima overpass to tie the match at 14.
Pima managed to push the lead back to 19-16, but AWC bounced back. Pima missed a serve, and then Erving gobbled up another overpass for a kill to cut the lead to 19-18. A Pima hitting error tied the match, and then AWC’s Ke’ila Williams served three straight aces to give the Lady Mats their first lead of the night.
The Lady Mats held on for the win when Pima served it into the net to end the match.
In the first two sets, the Lady Mats never trailed.
Mafe Sandoval led AWC with nine kills and added nine digs, and Mosquera Lopez added seven kills without a hitting error. Teuila Lolotai had 13 assists and 10 digs, and Neyshlian Roman Concepcion led the defense with 16 digs.
AWC hosts Eastern Arizona College on Friday night in an important conference matchup. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and military members. Children 12 and under and AWC students and staff (with current school ID) get in for FREE!
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.