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10/5/2012 10:07:00 PM
Powder cloud postpones Yavapai volleyball match due to unsafe conditions
The Daily Courier

It was supposed to be a Friday night college volleyball showdown with possible playoff implications at stake to cap an already-successful week for the Yavapai College Roughriders.

Instead, it ended in a cloud ... of powder.

In a bizarre twist, the Yavapai-Arizona Western match at the Storm Center in Prescott was postponed after rowdies in the student section tossed up piles of what appeared to be talcum powder a la LeBron James' famous pregame ritual.

First, the cloud set off the fire alarm and stopped play with the Roughriders ahead 4-0. Then, after a number of attempts to clean the floor of the slippery powder, the match was finally stopped for good due to unsafe playing conditions.

"You know what LeBron James does before games? Except there were about 50 of them that did. So it created a cloud of dust," Yavapai head coach Matt Cohen said afterward.

Arizona Western, which is clinging to a first-place tie in the ACCAC's Division 1 where just one loss separates all four teams, managed to win the opening game, 25-23. Yavapai was ahead 16-12 in the second game when both coaches agreed to stop play due to slippery conditions.

"Definitely a first for me," Cohen chuckled. "Ultimately it just wasn't a safe playing environment. The boys had no bad intentions in what they did, but I don't know that it was fully thought through. There was nowhere for (the powder) to go except come back down."

The coaches agreed to resume the match at a later date exactly where play left off, with Western up one game to none, the Roughriders leading 16-12 in the second game, and both teams continuing from the same player rotations when play stopped. No date has been set yet.

The Roughriders (20-5 overall) knocked off another of the first-place tied teams, Central Arizona, twice in two nights on their home floor this week. Yavapai also got help on their off night, Thursday, when Glendale beat Arizona Western to further tighten the race heading into Friday night's showdown, which was YC's third home match in four nights.

Instead, both teams will pick up where they left off.

"This is kind of uncharted territory," Cohen said, "so I think we're going to figure it out as we go."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012
Article comment by: angry taxpayers

what should have been done is waste taxpayer's money further by calling in the HAZMAT team and forcing the whole crowd to go through a hot & cold know those home grown terrorists do spread their anthrax this way!!

Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012
Article comment by: O NO

The home team should have had to forfeit.

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