YUMA, Ariz---It did not take any time for the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (3-6) to feel at home in a three-set sweep of West Coast Baptist (0-5) Friday night in the first ever AWC Volleyball Classic that doubled as the Mat's home opener.
AWC totaled 25 aces over the three sets and didn't commit an error from the service until that third set. That allowed the Matadors to find their rhythm passing as well after creating numerous overpasses off of the serve.
Sophomore Delaney St. Pierre's long service run put the Matadors up 10-0 before they even surrendered a point. Freshman middle Penina Matau was integral in the run, registering three blocks, and later added the closing service that included four aces. Sophomore Jovana Papaz got in rhythm early as she tallied three aces of her own and the Matadors cruised to an opening 25-2 win in the first set.
Sophomore Nayeli Vilchez was front and center in another long service run, dealing six aces as the Matadors took control again in set two. Yuma native Honor Owens boosted the rally with three aces from the service line right after she tallied three kills, compiling six total points in the set for AWC.
West Coast Baptist found their rhythm for the beginning of the third set, jumping out in front of AWC 6-4. But the Matadors once again found their rhythm from their service as Melissa Garciglia Banuelos' five aces in the fame turned the tide as the Mats pulled away in a 25-13 match sealing set.
It's the third win of the season, but an excellent moment for the Matadors in innaugurating their first home tournament against the Eagles who compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association.
The win is also comforting coming in front of the home fans after an eight game, two state road trip. The Matadors are also approaching a six-game tournament away from home when they head to Henderson, NV next weekend.
AWC will wrap up this tournament against SAGU American Indian College at 3:00pm on Saturday. The Lady Eagles of West Coast Baptist conclude their trip against Eastern Arizona at 1:00pm in The House. Both game will be live-streamed on Facebook @AWCVolleyball.
Tickets can be purchased for $5, students with I.D. recieve free entry.