YUMA, Ariz. – The Arizona Western College volleyball team faced a daunting task at the start of the season: no home matches until September 20. On top of that, the Lady Mats’ schedule was peppered with NJCAA Top 20 opponents. Despite the difficult early schedule, AWC was 17th in the NJCAA Top 20 poll that was released earlier this afternoon.
The Lady Mats (8-5 overall) split four matches up at the College of Southern Idaho over the weekend. AWC lost to fifth-ranked CSI and eighth-ranked Snow College, but the team beat Casper College and Northwest College.
On the season, AWC has two players averaging more than three kills per set in Yenny Montoya Murillo (3.28, fourth in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) and Yolaine Mosquera Lopez (seventh in the ACCAC). Kiara Erving (.451) and Mafe Sandoval (.311) are first and third in the ACCAC in hitting percentage.
AWC is one of three teams from the ACCAC that is ranked. Glendale (fourth) and Mesa (11th) both are ranked in the NJCAA Division II poll. In the Division I poll, Miami Dade (first), Iowa Western (second), Panola (third) and Western Nebraska make up the top four.
The Lady Mats are on the road one last time this weekend to jump back into conference play. They head to Yavapai College on Friday, September 15. Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for updates.
AWC comes home on Wednesday, September 20 to take on Pima at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and military members. Children 12 and under and AWC students and staff (with current school ID) get in for FREE!
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.