PRESCOTT, Ariz--Arizona Western (2-6) wrapped up another talent-filled tournament with a split against a pair of non-conference foes Saturday at the Dalton Overstreet Invitational.
The Matadors opened the morning at 8am with a contest against Monroe Community College.
The first eleven points went back and forth before the Matadors grabbed ahold of the lead during Nayeli Vilchez’ service run. Down 6-5, Vilchez service put the Matadors in front 10-6 before Monroe would tie it up at 12. With AWC up 16-13, the Mats used a 7-2 run to put themselves in a position to close out set one 25-18.
Vilchez sparked a key run from the service line in the second set as well as the Matadors went from a 14-10 lead to a 18-10 stranglehold which included an ace. Monroe rallied behind Melanie Orsini but the Matadors held off the Mustangs to win the second set 25-21.
The Matadors made a couple of comebacks in set three despite facing set point at 24-20. The Mats came back to tie the set at 24 and would face an additional two more set points before dropping the frame to Monroe 27-25.
It was Vilchez’ service run again in the fourth set after the Matadors trailed 19-15 that keyed the match sealing set. Vilchez delivered two more aces in a seven point swing that allowed the Matadors to trade points until they locked up the set and match at 25-22.
It was a season high in kills as the Matadors logged 57 in the four set match. Melissa Garciglia Banuelos, Live Tonga and Luisa Maria Mesa each registered double-digit kills while Jovana Papaz added nine. Vilchez had four total aces while Delaney St. Pierre tallied three.
The Matadors had a long layoff in Prescott until they reconvened against Utah State University Eastern at 4pm.
The attack continued strong as AWC jumped out with a 25-17 win in set one over the Golden Eagles. But Utah State turned the tables with a 25-17 victory in set two and sealed the match with wins of 25-20 and 25-21 to take the match 3-1.
The offense put up strong numbers for the Matadors still as Banuelos led the way with 18 kills and fellow sophomore Jovana Papaz added 12. The Matadors .284 attack percentage was the highest its been in a losing effort in the young season.
Arizona Western gets a break from the road as they will have their home opener Friday night against West Coast Baptist at 7pm at The House in Yuma.
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.