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Yavapai College, Embry-Riddle fall sports seasons mere weeks away

YAVAPAI COLLEGE soccer and volleyball. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University men's and women's soccer, golf and cross-country, as well as volleyball.Ohhh yeahhh!You can almost feel the start of the college fall sports seasons in the air in Prescott. Well, you won't have to wait much longer because the 2015 campaigns begin less than a month from now.What follows is a listing for the season/home openers for each local program this fall. Be sure to keep an eye on the Courier Sports section in August for a full slate of team previews.YAVAPAI:• Men's soccer - The seven-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) champion Roughriders kick off their 27th season of play under coach Mike Pantalione at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, at Mountain Valley Park Amphitheater, 8600 E. Nace Lane, in Prescott Valley.Yavapai will host Laramie County (Wyoming) for a non-conference match.• Volleyball - The Roughriders and coach Zach Shaver will hit the road for the annual New Mexico Military Institute Classic to open the regular campaign Aug. 21 and 22 in Roswell, N.M.They'll play four matches in Roswell before returning to a renovated Walraven Gym on YC's Prescott campus for their home/Arizona Conference opener against South Mountain at 7 p.m. Aug. 26.EMBRY-RIDDLE:• Men's soccer - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Eagles and coach Adam Pearce open by hosting Providence Christian College at 7 p.m. Aug. 21, on their campus field off Willow Creek Road in north Prescott.• Women's soccer - Embry-Riddle and coach Todd Poitras will host two scrimmages at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and 15, prior to welcoming in Providence Christian College for their season opener at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 21 on the campus field.• Men's and women's golf - ERAU, which plays in the fall and spring, begins the fall portion of its schedule Sept. 13-15 at the Arizona Christian University Fall Invitational at Verrado Golf Course in Phoenix. The Eagles' men's and women's teams will host the ERAU Co-ed Invitational Sept. 26-28 at Talking Rock Golf Course in Prescott. • Men's and women's cross-country - The Eagles and coach Chris Bray will conduct a team time trial on Aug. 29 in Prescott, one week before starting the season at the annual George Kyte Classic. That meet is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff.• Volleyball - Embry-Riddle and coach Jill Blasczyk will host Yavapai for a scrimmage at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 inside Eagle Gym. The Eagles then start the season Aug. 21 with a home-opening doubleheader vs. Providence Christian College and Johnson & Wales University at noon and 6 p.m., respectively.***YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY READ IT IN THIS SPACE last Monday, July 20, but it's worth repeating.Yavapai College's athletic department is encouraging fans of its soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball teams to buy season tickets early for the 2015-16 academic year.Passes for the Roughriders' games may be purchased during normal business hours at the athletic office inside Building 2 on the college's Prescott campus off Sheldon and Rush streets.Various ticket packages are available, however, and they are as follows.• Single-game admission (purchased at the gate on the day of the game): $3 for adults; $2 for students, veterans and senior citizens; free for YC students with ID, as well as staff and faculty, and those ages 6 and under.• All-sports pass (soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball; includes approximately 55 events, but excludes all playoff games): $100 for adults; $75 for students, veterans and senior citizens.• Soccer (about 12 events): $25 for adults; $20 for students, veterans and senior citizens.• Volleyball (about 11 events): $20 for adults; $15 for students, veterans and senior citizens.• Baseball (about 18 events): $45 for adults; $30 for students, veterans and senior citizens.• Softball (about 12 events): $25 for adults; $20 for students, veterans and senior citizens.Yavapai College contributed some of the information for this week's column. To report an item for the College Sports News column, send an email to dcook@prescottaz.com or call him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.
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