Volleyball | 03/12/2021
Lady Mats Overpower Yavapai
|Arizona Western College||3|
YUMA, Ariz---Scoring the first eighteen points of the match, the Arizona Western Matadors (5-8 overall, 3-2 ACCAC) never let up in a straight set victory over the Yavapai RoughRiders (5-5 overall, 5-1 ACCAC) Friday night at The House.
After Yavapai served to start the match, Mariana Donado's service run put the Matadors up 18-0 before the RoughRiders got on the board in the first set. Led by a powerful night from Anny Montano, the redshirt-freshman tallied 15 kills before making a single error.
The Matadors supported her with the return of Daniela Jimenez Paz, her first ACCAC action, who contributed seven kills. Connie Silva added 5 and led the Mats with a .625%.
The complete team effort extended to every area of the floor as Jerica Vele contributed 11 assists and 11 digs while Cristina Reyes led the way with 17 digs. Naomy Vergez added 16. Donado and Montano each added 9.
The Matador block was the best its been in the season series with the RoughRiders, totaling 8 stuffs on the night.
Its the first loss of the year in conference play for Yavapai, who had taken the previous two meetings between the teams, and prevents the RoughRiders from clinching the conference crown. They would need to beat AWC in the final meeting between the teams on March 24th in Prescott or an AWC loss to Eastern.
Arizona Western will have its busiest week of the year next week traveling to Pima for a non-conference match Monday night and then taking on Eastern Arizona in Thatcher on Wednesday. The Matadors will return home on Friday, March 19th to host the Aztecs at The House.