Snow College ends non-conference schedule

UNDEFEATED AND IT’S SO GOOD: The Snow College women’s volleyball team participated in the Dalton Overstreet Invitational in Prescott, Arizona over the weekend and came away with three wins.

The Badgers beat Arizona Western College 3-2 to kick off the tournament, followed by a 3-0 sweep against host Yavapai College on Friday. No. 3 Snow College then defeated No. 2 Military Institute of New Mexico 3-1 to extend their winning streak to start the season to six games.

The undefeated Badgers will participate in their final tune-ups before starting Scenic West Athletic Conference play as they compete in the Starr Corporation Tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho. Snow College will face a juggernaut of a schedule at the tournament as they play five games total, four against teams in the top 12 of the NJCAA Division I volleyball rankings.

The Badgers will kick off against No. 12 Missouri State West Plains on Thursday at 5 p.m., followed by a rematch against No. 7 Miami Dade on Friday at 11 a.m. Snow College defeated the Sharks 3-0 on August 19.

The Badgers’ only game against an unranked opponent is Friday at 3 p.m. against Western Wyoming Community College. Snow College will end the tournament against No. 20 Monroe College on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and a rematch with No. 3 NMMI on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

RISE SOCIALLY: With Snow College’s 3-1 win over the NMMI Broncos, the Badgers moved up the NJCAA standings. Snow College earned 133 points to move up to second in the standings, behind Florida Southwestern State College, which sits atop the standings with 160 points (eight votes for first place) and an unblemished 5-0 record.

LAST DEATH: The Snow College women’s volleyball team had a successful weekend at the Dalton Overstreet Invitational in Prescott, Ariz., with three wins, including a victory over the New Mexico Military Institute (3-1) on Saturday .

The Badgers also came away with wins over Arizona Western College (3-2) and Yavapai College (3-0) on Friday.

Snow College started the weekend off strong with a win over AWC. A home and away first set saw the Matadors take a 1-0 lead with a 31-29 win. The Badgers would respond by winning the next two sets 25-19 and 25-16 before dropping the fourth set 25-22 to set up a sudden death fifth set.

Snow College was able to end the match with a 15-9 win in the fifth set to earn a 3-2 win. Three players finished in double figures in eliminations, led by Bailey Rasmussen and Tricia Tua’one who each have 14 while Kesa Makasini finished the match with 13 eliminations. Corinne Taysom had a double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs. Meg Carter recorded 27 assists while Avery Fowler and Hannah Smith had 14 and 13 digs respectively.

The Badgers followed up the win by taking on host school YC and going on a 3-0 sweep winning 25-22, 25-16 and 26-24. Makasini once again led the Badgers with 14 kills. Taysom and Carter combined to dish out 44 assists. Fowler led the team with 14 digs to help win.

Saturday’s game saw a top-5 showdown as No. 3 Snow College took on No. 2 NMMI. The Badgers quickly took a 2-0 lead with 25-23 wins and a convincing 25-13 win in straight sets. The Broncos bounced back to win the third set 25-16 before the Badgers slammed the door with a 25-21 win in four sets to clinch a 3-1 win.

Makasini and Ashlynn Olsen totaled 13 kills each while Taysom finished with 20 assists and Carter added 21 assists. Fowler had 18 digs while Sage Loveland provided 17 digs for the victorious Badgers.

NEXT: Snow College will play its 2022 home opener as it begins SWAC play against the College of Southern Idaho on Thursday, September 22, followed by a game against Salt Lake Community College on Saturday, September 24. Thursday’s game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. , with Saturday’s game starting at 1 p.m. Both games will be played inside the Horne Activity Center. For video streaming information and live stats, visit snowbadgers.com.

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