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Volleyball Hosts Phoenix on Friday Night

The Yavapai College volleyball team is back at home for the first time in 20 days as it prepares for a matchup with the Phoenix College Bears on Friday, September 23, at 7 p.m. inside of Walraven Gymnasium. 

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Fans unable to attend the match in person will be able to stream the event on GoRoughriders.com/Live

The Bears

Phoenix comes into its matchup with YC at 1-7 overall and 0-5 within the conference. Its lone victory came over Williston State while its losses have come to Scottsdale, Mesa, South Mountain, Glendale, Eastern Arizona, Pima and Chandler-Gilbert. 

The Roughriders

YC comes into its matchup with Phoenix at 3-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play. This season, the Roughriders have defeated CSN twice and defeated South Mountain in their conference opener. Additionally, four of YC’s losses have come to top-10 opponents. 

Player To Watch

Sophomore outside hitter Kate Allan is second on the Roughriders in kills (54), fifth in digs (55) and fourth in blocks (15).

One Last Thing

After Friday’s match, the Roughriders won’t have a home match until October 12, giving them just one home match in a 39-day span. Don’t miss out!


Jones’ Overtime Goal Propels YC Women’s Soccer To Victory

Sophomore forward AJ Jones played hero on Tuesday night in YC’s 1-0 overtime victory on the road against the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds. 

Jones’ overtime goal gave the Roughriders their third win in a row and moved their overall record to 4-4 and conference record to 3-0. 

After 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Roughriders and Thunderbirds headed into overtime where the periods are 10 minutes and the first goal scored wins the match. 

About six minutes into the extra period, the aforementioned Jones corralled a long cross pass, dribbled through two defenders and buried a shot past the Thunderbird goalkeeper for the YC win. 

For Jones, it’s her second score of the year with the other goal coming against Cochise. 

In net, freshman goalkeeper Morgan Trail took home the victory and shutout. She now owns four victories and two shutouts on the season. 

Up Next

The Roughriders are back in action on Saturday, September 24, in Prescott, Arizona, at Ken Lindley Field where they will take on the South Mountain Community College Cougars with kickoff set for 6 p.m.


Men’s Soccer Falls in Mesa

The Yavapai College men’s soccer team suffered its first loss in conference play on Tuesday night as the Roughriders fell on the road to the No. 20-ranked Mesa Community College Thunderbirds by a score of 2-1. 

On the season, YC now moves to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference. 

After a first half in which the Roughriders controlled a majority of the possession, the teams went into the break tied 0-0. 

About 25 minutes into the second half, YC broke the tie and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by sophomore midfielder Charlie Nunez. 

After a ball popped up off of a defender, sophomore forward Joey Vega touched the ball over to Nunez who launched a shot with his left foot to the top-right corner of the Mesa net and past the Thunderbird goalkeeper. 

It was Nunez’s first score of the season and Vega’s third assist of the season. 

Unfortunately for the Roughriders, Mesa was able to net two goals of its own in the final 25 minutes to bring the game to its final score of 2-1. 

Up Next

The Roughriders are back in action on Saturday, September 24, in Prescott, Arizona, at Ken Lindley Field where they will take on the South Mountain Community College Cougars with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m.


Patrick Woods Named Yavapai College’s Head Baseball Coach

The Yavapai College athletics department is excited to announce the hiring of Patrick Woods to be the seventh head baseball coach in Yavapai College history. 

“I am extremely excited for the upcoming challenges as the head coach of Yavapai College baseball,” said Woods. “The coaching staff and I are fired up and ready for the grind of the upcoming season. Time to get after it!”

Woods comes to Yavapai College from Keller, Texas, where he has been the Director of Coaching and Operations for the North Texas Baseball Club (NTXBC) since October of 2009. 

While with NTXBC, Woods directed and managed a coaching staff of 22 coaches and 250-plus players biannually. 90-plus% of Woods’ players went on to play baseball at the collegiate level.

In addition, Woods oversaw a budget that exceeded $750K in annual revenue with NTXBC and increased the club’s competitive teams by 2000% since its opening in 1999. 

Prior to his time with NTXBC, Woods was an Associate Head Coach under Gary Benton’s tutelage at Hill Junior College in Hillsboro, Texas, from May of 2000 to September of 2004. While at Hill, Woods helped lead the team to three NJCAA regional tournament appearances. Six of those Hill College players went on to MLB careers. 

From September of 1991 to December of 1998, Woods spent time at Oxnard College, both as an assistant coach and head coach. His 1996 squad achieved the highest win total in school history with 31, en route to Woods earning Western Conference Coach of the Year honors. In addition, five of Woods’ players at Oxnard went on to MLB careers. 

Other coaching stops for Woods include Azusa Pacific University as a graduate assistant coach, Washougal Quakes as a head coach, Ventura College as an assistant coach and Citrus College. 

Overall, Woods has sent 90-plus% of his baseball players to the next level with 32 going to the NCAA Division I level and 14 going on to professional careers. 

As a player, Woods earned All-Conference honors at Azusa Pacific and Mount San Jacinto Junior College. In addition, he earned MVP honors at Linfield Christian High School. 

Woods also earned his bachelors degree in interdisciplinary studies from Liberty University. 

“I’m fired up to have Coach Woods at the helm of YC baseball,” Director of Athletics Brad Clifford said. “He knows the game, knows how to coach the game the right way and I have full confidence that he will carry on the tradition of Yavapai being a national contender.”

Stay tuned on GoRoughriders.com and all of YC athletics’ social media channels for the latest Yavapai baseball news. 

– D.J. Irwin

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