ONLINE EXTRA: Volleyball clings to diminishing playoff hopes

Editor’s note: on Oct. 13, the Aztecs lost 3-1 to No. 17 Glendale

By Ricky Gonzales
Photo and Video by James Kelley

The Pima Community College volleyball team suffered its fourth straight loss on Oct. 8 to Yavapai College in conference play.

The Roughriders took the match in three games, 19-25, 14-25 and 15-25.

“We weren’t focused on any of our first contacts,” coach Dan Bithell said. “We’re going to have to do a much better job if we want to make the playoffs.”

PCC is in the back of the conference, desperately needing wins

“We’re in sixth place out of seven teams,” Bithell said. “We need to finish at least fourth to make it into the playoffs.”

Pima is two matches behind Phoenix College and South Mountain Community College, which are tied for fourth.

Freshman outside hitter Angie Banks led the PCC attack Oct. 8 with nine kills. Freshman setter Czarina Schutt had 28 assists.

Phoenix College beat PCC in five on Oct. 6.

Angie Banks

Sophomore outside hitter Krista Kallish led the way on offense with 13 total kills. She was named conference player of the week for her performance.

“I’m excited about it,” Kallish said. “But I feel like I’m still not playing to my potential.”

Schutt had 27 assists. Freshman middle Shannon McCullough made three total blocks.

The Aztecs also dropped another five-game match to Southwestern College on Oct. 4, 15-25, 25-21, 17-25, 26-24 and 10-15.

Freshman setter Sandy Casillas finished with 30 assists. Kallish had a team-high 13 kills.

Three nights before, the Aztecs could not fight off Scottsdale Community College, losing the match in four games, 20-25, 25-20, 24-26 and 19-25.

Defensively, three players came up with 15 or more digs. Hamilton showed strength at the net with three blocks.

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