YUMA, Ariz. – A deep, talented team propelled the Arizona Western College volleyball team (19-6 overall, 11-2 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) to an outstanding regular season and the top spot in the playoffs. Three sophomores earned All-Conference honors over the weekend.
Outside hitter Yenny Montoya Murillo was an all-around star and was named to the All-ACCAC First Team. Libero Neyshlian Roman Concepcion was the Libero of the Year while earned Second Team All-ACCAC honors, and middle Lisbeth Rosario Martinez was an All-ACCAC Honorable Mention. Plus, head coach Lorayne Chandler was named the Co-Coach of the Year for the second time in her four years at Arizona Western.
AWC won its second conference title under Chandler after wrapping up the regular season on Friday night with a four-set win over Eastern Arizona. Montoya Murillo had a monstrous night with 18 kills and 17 digs, her fourth time with at least 10 kills and 10 digs in the same match this season. She is second in the conference with 3.54 kills per set and has had at least 10 kills in 19 matches this season.
On defense against Eastern Arizona, Roman Concepcion led the way with 26 digs. That marked the 12th time this year she had more than 20 digs in a match, and the sophomore averaged five digs per set.
Rosario Martinez totaled eight kills and three blocks against Eastern Arizona out of the middle. She spent the season as a dominant force and was second on the team with 173 kills and a .376 hitting percentage. Plus, her 76 total blocks (25 solo blocks) were more than the next two players added together.
Friday night, the Lady Mats will host the winner of Eastern Arizona and Yavapai for the Region I title. The winner of that match will travel to the District Final on Monday, November fifth, with a shot at an NJCAA National Tournament berth.
No passes will be accepted for Friday’s match, and tickets are $5. AWC students can get in for FREE by signing in with their ID at the door!
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.