Originally Published: September 12, 2018 11:36 p.m.
PHOENIX — Yavapai College’s volleyball team has now lost its first two ACCAC matches of the 2018 season after falling, 3-2, at NJCAA Division II No. 8-ranked South Mountain Community College Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The Roughriders, one of two teams on the Others Receiving Votes list in the latest NJCAA Division I Top 20 poll released Sept. 11, succumbed to the Cougars in a grueling 20-25, 20-25, 25-19, 30-28, 12-15 setback.
With the loss, Yavapai’s record dropped to 7-4 overall and 0-2 in the ACCAC. South Mountain improved to 12-4 and 3-0.
For the Roughriders, reigning ACCAC D-I Player of the Week Lacie Tenney, a freshman middle blocker, tallied a team-high 16 kills in addition to three block assists and two digs. Setter Pilar Daugherty finished with 45 assists, seven digs, two block assists and five kills.
Makenna Busse had a monster night at the net, notching four blocks and seven block assists to go along with nine kills and three digs. Annie Harte (15 digs, two block assists, four kills, two service aces), Nynke deVries (13 kills, three block assists, 14 digs) and Victoria McCarty (28 digs) also fared well for the visitors.
Yavapai hits the road for the Lady Coyote Volleyball Invitational, hosted by the College of Southern Nevada, for four matches.
The Roughriders begin against NJCAA D-I No. 10 Seward County C.C. of Kansas and No. 4 Salt Lake C.C. for matches at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, on Friday, Sept. 14, in Las Vegas. Yavapai beat Seward, 3-1, in its season opener at the New Mexico Military Institute Invite Sept. 14 in Roswell, N.M.
South Mountain plays host to NJCAA D-II No. 10 Mesa C.C. at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in Phoenix.
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