YUMA, Ariz--- The Arizona Western College Lady Matadors (11-12 overall, 4-3 ACCAC) could not pull out the first two sets in extra points, ultimately falling below .500 on the season due to a four-set loss to the Glendale Community College Gauchos (18-2 overall, 7-1 ACCAC) Wednesday night at The House.
The first set started with pure offense. The first 12 points were all kills and both teams had 6 kills each that lead to a 6-6 tie. The set continued back and forth as both teams would take the lead in their own way. It wasn’t until Anna Myers' 3-0 run when Glendale had the largest lead at 20-16. The Lady Mats then came back to take a 21-20 off of some Gaucho errors. The first set point at 23-24 was extended on a kill by Delaney St. Pierre. Melissa Gaciglia Banuelos prolonged the match again on the second set point with a powerful kill. Ultimately, the Mats fell short losing the first set 28-26.
AWC took the lead in the second set 7-3 behind Nayeli Vilchez’s serve, but Glendale fought back to trail 10-9. The Lady Matadors and Gauchos were even all throughout the second set before the Mats forced two set points. But the Gauchos rallied to win the set 26-24.
While the Mats jumped out to another lead behind Vilchez, leading 7-5, they would not surrender the lead throughout the set. Gaciglia Banuelos continued a solid match with a service run that gave the Mats a 20-16 lead. AWC was able to keep the Gauchos off-balance for the entire set and ultimately took set three 25-20.
But Glendale was just as possesive with the fourth, and ultimately final set, breaking a 4-4 tie behind Anna Myers' longest run of the night, pushing the Guachos to a 10-4 lead. The Gauchos polished off the match, oustcoring the Matadors 19-8 at one point, and sealed the 25-17 victory.
The Matadors were powered by Garciglia Banuelos and Jovana Papaz, who totaled 27 kills over all four sets.
The Lady Matadors next match will be Saturday, October 11th in Phoenix, AZ against South Mountain Community College at 7;00pm in the Cougars Gym. AWC will return to The House, October 25th to host Yavapai College for Sophomore Night.
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.