Roughriders’ spikers stun Eastern Arizona, qualify for region title match
Junior College Volleyball
THATCHER — Yavapai College’s volleyball team got the last laugh against defending region/district champion Eastern Arizona College on Halloween night, eliminating the Gila Monsters from the postseason, 3-2, in an NJCAA Region I semifinal.
With their narrow 21-25, 25-23, 21-25, 27-25, 15-13 victory, the third-seeded Roughriders upset Eastern Arizona to qualify for the region’s D-I championship against top-seeded Arizona Western College at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Yuma.
The region winner will advance to the NJCAA West District championship match on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with the chance to qualify for the NJCAA D-I National Tournament Nov. 15-17 in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Yavapai (19-8 record) has now won eight of its last 10 matches. On Oct. 23, the Roughriders lost, 3-1, to Eastern Arizona at Prescott Valley Event Center and finished the regular-season series against the Gila Monsters with a 1-2 mark.
On Wednesday, Lacie Tenney guided Yavapai, notching 17 kills, a solo block, three block assists and two digs. Hitter Nynke de Vries followed with 13 kills, three block assists and 24 digs. Zeleya Loop (12 kills, 19 digs, solo block, block assist), Lexi Cole (11 kills, block assist, five digs), setter Pilar Daugherty (58 assists, seven digs, three kills) and Victoria McCarty (four service aces, 21 digs) aided in the effort.
The Roughriders travel to Yuma to battle ACCAC D-I regular-season champion Arizona Western (19-6), which had a bye in the semifinals, for the region crown at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.
Yavapai compiled a 2-1 record against the Matadors this season.
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