Volleyball | 08/27/2021
Matadors win thriller to remain perfect
|Arizona Western College||3|
YUMA, Ariz--- While narrowly avoiding a fifth set, the Arizona Western Matadors (2-0 overall) still managed to pull of a 25-14, 19-25, 26-24, 32-30 win over the Lee Lady Rebels (6-2 overall) Friday night in front of an AWC Volleyball Invitational crowd that waited with baited breathe inside The House.
The Lee Lady Rebels, playing in their third match of the day after starting at 9:00am Friday morning, still had plenty of fight left for the host Matadors overcoming multiple AWC leads and forcing set point five times in the fourth.
Anny Montaño led the way with 14 kills, including four key points in a vital fourth set to avoid Lee’s comeback attempt.
An early 5-0 AWC lead in set one was quickly erased foreshadowed an incredibly tense night that was to come. Seven different Matadors delivered kills in the set as the Matadors turned a four point lead at 14-10 into nine point advantage at 22-13 before closing out the set behind a Rykala and Durazo before Rori Martinez delivered a kill of the block.
Errors piled up in the second set and the Matadors found themselves down 18-9. AWC closed out the set with 10 of the final 17 points but fell 25-19.
The Matadors jumped out in the third set to a 16-5 lead behind Pamela Durazo, Daniela Jimenez and Montaño. But Lee ought back with seven straight points capitalizing on a pair of errors, two aces and Ashlynn Lewis’ pair of kills.
Connie Silva helped the Matadors steer the ship with three kills before Montaño delivered an ace to conclude a thrilling third set win.
The Matadors never could capitalize on the momentum to start the fourth set and exchanged points all the way down, neither team built more than a two point lead at any point in the frame.
Still Lee was the first to gain the advantage and forced set point on five different occasions, but Montaño delivered four straight Matador points and produced to match points.
Ultimately, Silva’s big kill and a couple of Lee errors concluded the marathon set at 32-30 in favor of the Matadors.
AWC will conclude the three day tournament at 4:00pm on Saturday, hosting #17 Indian Hills (IA) who has not dropped a set in their three matches so far in Yuma.
Admission is just $5 and $3 for those with military or senior identification.
The match will also be streamed awcmatadors.com/video and broadcast on AWC TV (Spectrum Channel 74).
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.