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Tue, Feb. 18

Yavapai College: Soccer, volleyball teams on Top 25 polls

The Yavapai College soccer and volleyball teams enter this season as one of the teams to beat in their respective sports as they've each earned spots on NJCAA preseason top 25 polls.

The soccer team, which has been ranked in the top 10 in every regular-season poll since 1990, comes in at No. 4.

"With 22 new players representing Yavapai College soccer in our 22nd year, we have a lot of work ahead to earn such a high ranking," said YC coach Mike Pantalione, whose teams have been ranked No. 1 in weekly polls 75 times. "For now, as in all preseason polls, it's great publicity for the school and soccer program."

Tyler (Texas) Junior College is ranked No. 1, with Georgia Perimeter College at No. 2 and Schoolcraft College (Mich.) third.

YC's Arizona Community College Athletic Conference rival Arizona Western College is ranked 13th.

The Roughriders' volleyball team is No. 24 in the NJCAA Division I poll.

YC looks to capitalize on last season's success in which it finished the season as the Region I runners-up.

Fellow conference foe Eastern Arizona College checks in at No. 13, while Scottsdale Community College is ranked No. 7 in D-II. Glendale Community College is No. 11.

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