Volleyball | 08/26/2021
Matador Volleyball Poised to Strike in 2021
While injuries plagued the Matadors in the spring of 2021, Head Coach Lorayne Chandler returns 10 players from a team that landed in the Region I Final, extending the programs streak to three consecutive years.
In order to add another year to that tally, the Matadors will once again lean on the right arm of Anny Montaño. Montaño led the Matadors in kills during the spring session and presents an efficient and vicious attack on the outside.
The All-American will be complimented by fellow Colombian and All-ACCAC selection Daniela Jimenez who missed parts of the spring due to injury but commands attention on the right side with a powerful swing.
While the attack figures to be a key to the Matadors 2021 success, the middle is also a strength filled with returners. Pamela Durazo has versatility and can stay on the court at all times but proved to be a force in the middle. Connie Silva was often used as the second middle but provides one of the most efficient attacks in the conference while establishing herself as one of the toughest matchups for opposing hitters. Kaylani Reis worked through a couple of injuries in the spring but provides another option for the Matadors and has displayed consistency when on the court.
The Matadors incoming class makes up for its brevity with talent, headlined by 2x Yuma Rotary Volleyball Player of the Year Rori Martinez. The Yuma Catholic Alum is following in the footsteps of her entire family by playing at AWC. Both of her parents, in addition to her aunt, uncle, and grandfather were Matadors in their playing days. In addition to the family legacy, Martinez brings a list of her own accomplishments to the Foothills and will provide versatility for the Matador attack and a proven scorer.
Brianda Diaz will help solidify the back line with returners Allesa Arellano and Jerica Vele. Diaz is a transfer from Highland Community College in Kansas.
Vele could see time as the libero as well as setter, complimenting incoming Poland native Natalia Ślażyńska.
Ślażyńska joins second year Matador Patrycja Rykała, also from Poland.
The Matadors also return depth on the outside with Tylor Iosua and Naomy Vergez.
Two wins shy of 100 for her career, Coach Chandler and the Matadors have their sights set on exceeding their spring 2021 destination and have come into the fall reloaded and prepared for a deep postseason run.