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Roughriders Volleyball Sweeps Artichokes After Close Contests

28 September 2017  
Roughriders freshman outside hitter Nynke de Vries jumps up to smack a ball in set two against Scottsdale Community College on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All photos by: Torrence Dunham

Roughriders Volleyball Adjusts to Scottsdale Community College Gameplan for Sweep

PRESCOTT- Freshman volleyball outside hitter Nynke de Vries lead the Roughriders in kills with 14, while Baily Anderson picked up 12 kills and Jailynn Butler added ten kills as the Yavapai College Roughriders volleyball team swept the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes 3-0 at home, Wednesday, September 27th.

“We knew Scottsdale was a quality opponent,” Yavapai College Roughrider Volleyball coach Zachary Shaver said. “They got some really good players at some positions with a lot of talent. We just felt we had our positions covered a little more than they did.”

The match was close throughout as the Roughriders took the first set 25-22. In set two, Yavapai College had a 16-6 lead but the Artichokes battled back before falling late 25-21. As Yavapai College was looking for the sweep, the lead switched hands with the Roughriders and Artichokes throughout the set as Yavapai College faced a 24-22 deficit. However, the Roughriders came back tie the set and eventually win 27-25 for the match sweep.

“First and second game were both really close but this third game had us on our toes,” Anderson said. “We pulled through, we got it.”

Anderson mentioned the team didn’t know Scottsdale Community College was outside heavy so the Roughriders adjusted their defense to fit the Artichokes' game plan. In total, Yavapai College recorded 53 digs with freshman Libero Victoria leading the charge with 15 digs, while Hannah Semon added 12 digs and Kanani Hiapo picked up ten digs of her own.

The ability to make adjustments in-game is a pleasing sight for Shaver considering most of the girls on the team are freshman and sophomores.

“A lot of credit to our players for making some adjustments,” Shaver said. “They’re (Scottsdale) well coached and they did somethings to hurt us but then we adjusted and took care of those things.”

Now on a four-game winning streak, the Yavapai College Roughriders (10-8, 5-1 ACCAC) are back on the road, Friday, September 29th, against Eastern Arizona College at 7 pm.