Volleyball | 09/09/2022

Volleyball drops match with Utah State-Eastern 3-0

Team Score
Utah State University Eastern 3
Arizona Western College 0

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HENDERSON, Nev. – The Arizona Western Lady Matadors (2-5) fell to Utah State Eastern (11-3) in three sets in the opening match of the day at the Coyote Classic.

Both teams traded points early on before the Lady Matadors went on a 2-0 run to even the set at four early, thanks in part to a pair of Daniela Jimenez kills. Utah State Eastern would build a 14-10 lead in the first set before building the advantage to 19-12 before Arizona Western was forced to take their second timeout. Utah State Eastern scored six of the final seven points to take the opening set 25-13.

The Golden Eagles continued their momentum from the first set into the second, scoring five of the first six points to take a 5-1 lead before Jimenez recorded her third kill of the match to stop the run. Jimenez tied the set up at 8-8 with another kill, her fourth of the match. Natalia Slazynska recorded an ace to put the Lady Matadors up a pair at 17-15. Makayla Fonoimoana gave the Lady Matadors their largest lead of the set with a kill, pushing the lead to 19-16. Utah State Eastern again would end a set on a run, scoring 10 of the final 15 points to win 26-24, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

Utah State Eastern jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set before Fonoimoana ended the run with a kill, getting the Lady Matadors on the board with their first point of the set. Utah State Eastern opened up a 22-11 before Arizona Western was forced to take a timeout. Utah State Eastern would finish off the set with a 25-14 win, winning the match 3-0.

Jimenez and Amanda Juliao each finished with 10 kills to lead the team while Fonoimonana led the team with nine digs.

The Lady Matadors will play their second game of the day as they take on No. 10 ranked Polk State at 11:00 am at the Vegas Aces Volleyball Club.

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