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Roughriders Volleyball Battle for Third Straight Win

31 August 2017  
The Roughriders celebrate after scoring a point in the first set against Eastern Arizona College on Thursday August 31st, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Roughrider Volleyball Erases 2-0 Deficit to Win Home Opener

PRESCOTT- Baylie Stephens smacked seventeen kills while Nynke de Vries added sixteen kills as the Yavapai Roughriders volleyball team battled back from a 2-0 deficit to win the match against Eastern Arizona College 3-2 in the home opener on Thursday night, August 31st, in Prescott, Arizona.

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“We didn’t have the confidence that we needed early on,” Roughrider volleyball head coach Zachary Shaver said. “The only way to get it is to play through it in a match, that’s something you can’t get in practice. I’m glad we found it tonight, we got to keep finding it.”

In the first two sets, neither team had a lead greater than three and both came down to the final points as Eastern Arizona College won game one 25-23 and game two 26-24. Yavapai College headed into the break trying to avoid the sweep.

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“We just came into the locker room and we said let’s prove it,” Stephens said. “We’ve worked really hard for this so we just have to come on the court and prove ourselves.”

Knowing how much the girls have trained in the high elevation of Prescott, Shaver knew the team would have a good chance to wear down Eastern Arizona College if the game went the distance.

“Let's get to game five,” Shaver said he told the girls at the break. “We will physically be sharper and a little bit more athletic then they are if we get to game five.”

The Roughriders came out with a vengeance in the third and fourth set, winning game three 25-15 and game four 25-17 in order to bring the match to a decisive game five.

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“It definitely helps with the confidence booster winning that game coming out of the timeout,” Jailynn Butler said. “It helps that we know what we got to do to win, know what we got to do to execute these plays.”

Yavapai College completed the comeback in game five with a 15-11 win.

“We’ve always worked on pushing forward and I think that’s what we have been mentally prepared for this entire time and I think it finally showed on the court,” Stephens said.

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The Roughriders (3-2) now participate in multiple games at Roughrider Invitational throughout the day on Friday and Saturday at Yavapai College.