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Junior College Volleyball: Phoenix upsets Yavapai, 3-1
Roughriders home finale set for Friday

Yavapai College’s volleyball team had won eight of its last nine matches heading into the stretch run of the 2017 regular season this week, earning itself a No. 20 ranking in the latest NJCAA Division I Top 20 poll and first place in the ACCAC standings.

On Wednesday night, the Roughriders ran into a buzz saw, falling to unranked Division II Phoenix College, 3-1, although they remained the league frontrunner. The Bears won 26-24, 18-25, 25-20, 25-16.

Nynke DeVries paced Yavapai’s attack with 14 kills and a service ace. She added a team-high 24 digs. Setter Kanani Hiapo, the reigning ACCAC D-I Player of the Week, notched 44 assists and 11 digs. Jailynn Butler chimed in with 11 kills, three block assists and six digs.

Yavapai’s record dropped to 8-3 in the conference and 14-10 overall, while the Bears improved to 5-7, 11-8.

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The Roughriders have two regular-season matches left, both in ACCAC D-I. Their home finale is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, versus Eastern Arizona College (6-4 ACCAC) at Walraven Gym in Prescott. Eight sophomores will be honored on sophomore night.

That match will be followed by a visit to Arizona Western College (6-5) Friday, Oct. 27. First serve is at 7 p.m. in Yuma. This season, Yavapai owns a 2-0 record against Eastern and a 1-1 mark versus Western.

As for the postseason, NJCAA D-I’s three-team District B Championship tournament is scheduled for Nov. 1-3. Seminole State will play at the ACCAC’s No. 2-seeded team in the semifinal. The semifinal winner then visits the ACCAC’s No. 1-seeded team for the championship. The District B champion nabs a berth into the NJCAA’s Division I National Championship tournament, slated for Nov. 16-18 at Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Follow Doug Cook on Twitter @dougout_dc. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2039, or via email at dcook@prescottaz.com.

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