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10/2/2009

Tri-Match

10/02/09 – 10/03/09

No. 11 EAC Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Second Tri-Match

PRESCOTT – The Gila Monsters remained undefeated in league play and kept their hold on the top of the ACCAC over the weekend as they beat Arizona Western and Yavapai in four sets each. With the victory, they are 4-0 against the other Division I teams and will now host the regional tournament at season’s end.

In their first match Saturday against the Matadors, EAC lost the first set 20-25 before dominating the rest of the way, 25-17, 25-7, and 25-8.

“We turned it around and cut our mistakes down,” head coach Shari Kay said.

Ami Baldwin led the way offensively for the Gila Monsters with 13 kills to go with 12 digs and four service aces. She had just two errors in the match to finish with a .440 hitting percentage.

Dreanne Shaw had 12 kills and no errors, hitting .545 in the match and 12 digs of her own. Marci King, with five kills and seven block assists, and Demaree Brown with seven block assists were the defensive catalysts in the winning effort. Kalia Yasak tallied 34 assists, six digs and three service aces, as well.

In EAC’s second match of the weekend, they jumped out to a one-set lead with a strong 25-16 victory, before the Roughriders tied the match with a four-point win in the second set. From there, the Gila Monsters won 25-16 and 28-26 to close out the match.

“The fourth set was just a battle,” Kay said. “We had to earn every point.”

Once again, Baldwin had a breakout performance, leading her team with 24 kills and 13 digs.

“She’s putting a lot of heart into finding the holes (in the defense),” Kay said of Baldwin’s improvement. “She never makes a mistake and she’s getting smarter with every rep.”

Shaw (17 kills) and King (nine) were successful offensively. On the defensive side of the ball, Shaw had 12 digs while Yasak and Mamaitaloa Fiaseu notched 11 digs each.

Yasak had a season-high 56 assists in the victory.

After 16 matches, the EAC women are making names for themselves at the national level. Shaw sits second in the nation in kills per set, ninth in hitting percentage, and 40th in digs per set. King is 19th in blocks per set while Baldwin is 33rd in digs per set and 49th in hitting percentage.

With the victories, EAC improves to 15-1 overall and 8-0 in conference play. Next up is a match at Glendale College on Wednesday, October 7. Glendale has just one loss in conference so far this season and swept the Gila Monsters last year. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.