YUMA, Ariz---The Arizona Western Matadors second straight match against a team that remained unbeaten in conference play dropped the Lady Matadors back to .500 on the season as the Scottsdale Fighting Artichokes keep their conference record unblemished with a sweep Friday night at the House at AWC.
The first set saw both teams exchange points for much of the match, but the Artichokes took the lead for good behind Jazmyn Wheeler. A five point run put set point for the Artichokes at 23-18 before the Matadors fended off a pair of set points, ultimately falling 25-20. Ultimately, the Mats couldn't get out of their way in the first set committing 5 service errors and 12 total errors.
Scottsdale took an early lead in the secon set but it wasn’t long before Lauolive Tonga delivered back-to-back kills and an ace to tie the game at three. The Lady Mat's offense maintained the lead until an 8-0 service run from Ally Duffy gave Scottsdale a 16-13 advantage. Delaney St. Pierre answered with her service run that pulled the Matadors within two at 21-19. But, Catie Speas ended the set 25-20 with five straight serves to put Scottsdale up 2-0.
The Matadors jumped in front in set three with a 7-1 lead behind Tonga. Tonga had three blocks and two two kills to build the advantage. The teams alternated scoring over the next 20 points, with the Matadors maintaining a 16-7 advantage. A block by Alexis Diaz-Infante triggered a massive run by the Artichokes that pulled the match within two, 16-14 Matadors. Two points later, the Matadors went on another run to re-establish the lead at 21-15. Five straight errors by the Matadors allowed the Artichokes back into the match again, before Scottsdale would create their first match point at 24-23. The Mats would stave off two match-points before ultimately falling 27-25.
For Scottsdale it is their 10th consecutive win and they improve to a perfect 8-0 in the ACCAC, 13-4 overall. The Artichokes have not dropped a single set in their past five matches.
Arizona Western drops its second straight match to an unbeaten team in ACCAC falling back to 11-11 on the season, 4-2 in conference play.
The Lady Matadors continue in Yuma for their next match on Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00pm in The House against Glendale Community College.
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.