YUMA, Ariz---Displaying a knack for great timing, the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (14-12 overall, 7-3 ACCAC) scored a major sweep over the Yavapai RoughRiders (17-4 overall, 8-2 ACCAC) Friday night at The House.
The Matadors chose an excellent time to play one of their best matches of the season against the only team ahead of the when it comes to the Region I, Division I playoffs, all while celebrating their five sophomores on Sophomore Night. The win also clinches a play-off spot for Arizona Western, leaving just home court advantage up for grabs.
Despite dropping the first three points of the game, the Matadors battled while exchanging points with the 19th ranked RoughRiders. Lauolive Tonga registered five kills and a block in the first set while Jovana Papaz added four kills, including three of the last four points to seal the 28-26 victory.
The Matadors had more control over the second set as they jumped out to a 6-1 lead. Yavapai had a couple of runs in the set but the Mats held them off as Melissa Garciglia Bañuelos piled up a handful of kills. AWC had three set points before putting away the set 25-22.
The RoughRiders built multiple leads in set number three, causing the Lady Mats to burn their second timeout of the set at 21-18. From there, Tonga took over with three kills, a block, and an ace scoring on six of the final seven points to seal the match 25-23.
The sweep for the Matadors sets up a decisive tie-breaker for the season series between the two schools Saturday afternoon in Yuma. The winner will hold the advantage to host the Region I playoff game between the two schools.
The match begins at 3:00pm in The House. Tickets are $5, students get in free with I.D.
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.