Volleyball | 09/04/2021

Lady Mats Close Out SLC Trip With Win

Team Score
Arizona Western College 0
College of Southern Idaho 3

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Team Score
Arizona Western College 3
Casper College 1

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah---The Arizona Western Matadors (3-4 overall) that finished a four set victory over Casper College looked much more like the ones that opened the season with a pair of wins last weekend.

AWC took sets two through four to pick up their first win in their final match in Salt Lake City in the Crystal INNvitational Saturday afternoon.

But things started slow again for the Matadors on the morning as they dropped their first match to Southern Idaho in straight sets, before eventually splitting the day. For the third consecutive match, the Matadors were plagued with both little offense and mounting errors. AWC committed 30 total errors and never found momentum against the Golden Eagles, falling 25-19, 25-19, and 25-22.

They did string together some offense at the end of the third set and held off match point for six points before losing the match.

Things started out similarly to the rest of the weekend against Casper. But AWC began to show the energy and flashes of runs that helped them start 2-0.

Down 11-5 in the first set, the Matadors called timeout. They would eventually find themselves down in the first set 22-15 but the Matadors handled four set points to draw a timeout, ultimately falling 25-20.

The Matadors fell down again in the second set and eventually called a timeout, trailing 19-17. Anny Montaño delivered a kill to cap a string of three straight points to give AWC a 20-19 lead. Daniela Jimenez delivered another big kill extending the lead to 22-19. The Matadors closed out the set with 8 of the final 9 points, evening the match at a set a piece on a Montaño block.

That would be enough momentum to get things rolling in the Matadors favor.

In set 3, Allesandra Arellano's service run, punctuated with an ace forced a Casper timeout with AWC leading 5-1. The Matadors maintained the pace up to 17-11, forcing a Casper timeout. AWC scored seven of the next nine points to force match point before Jimenez crushed a shot down the line to give the Matadors a 25-13 win and a two sets to one lead.

The fourth set, was the Matadors at their best as a 5-0 start saw the lead balloon to 13-1 and 15-4 before they closed out the match 25-16.

Montaño led the way with 13 kills, Jimenez had 12, and Naomy Vergez provided an important spark with 8.

It was the busiest match of the season for the Matadors and the errors were still plenty, in fact a season high 23 on the attack. But AWC pushed through and cleaned things up as the match went on.

46 kills as a team is a season high for AWC and it was set up by a great back row, also setting a season high for digs with 54. Arellano led the way with 13, Jimenez delivered 9 and Jerica Vele dugout 8.

Arizona Western returns to Yuma for rest and classes this week before turning around to the Las Vegas area for a three matches spread across Thursday and Friday in Henderson.


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