Volleyball: Youth is served by 10 freshmen

Editor’s note: The Aztecs lost 3-0 to Scottsdale on Aug. 31

By JOEL GANTT
Photo by James Kelley

The 2011 volleyball season is under way as Pima Community College begins with four home matches.

Their first match was Friday Aug. 26 with last year’s conference champion, Arizona Western College.

Pima (0-1, 0-1 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) played a solid all-around match taking the No. 11 ranked team four games deep. Pima lost game one 25-21, then won game two 26-24. Game three went to AWC 25-16 and they closed the match out with a 25-20 game four win over Pima.

Aztec freshman Kaylee Rakowski played well on offense with 12 kills and contributed on defense with nine digs. Pima’s lone sophomore Czarina Schutt had 38 assists and served two aces, while freshman Brittany Oddo led the team with 14 digs.

Friday Sept. 2 is a special day in the volleyball schedule. Pima will host an alumni match entitled the Dig Pink Match. Dig Pink refers to the combination of Pima volleyball and fundraising for breast cancer awareness.

This match will start at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a barbecue. Admission is free for students and all donations will be given to breast cancer research.

The team is filled with 10 freshmen including twin sisters Kaylin and Kami Humphrey from Canyon Del Oro High School.

Kaylee Rakowski

Head coach Dan Bithell is in his 12th year with the program. Victoria Haynie, who is in her first year with the program, will be the only assistant coach. Bithell’s goal for his team this season is to qualify for the playoffs in November.

“It will be interesting to see how this team will respond to the stress and pressure of college volleyball,” Bithell said. “This is a hardworking team that is very talented.”
Last year the Aztecs were 8-23 and 3-15 in the ACCAC.

Pima students will be able to attend all games free of admission. Home games will be in the gym at west campus on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.

On Deck
Sept. 2: Alumni Dig Pink Match, 5 p.m.
Sept. 7: Glendale CC,
7 p.m.
Sept. 9-10: Scottsdale
Tournament (Scottsdale)
Sept. 14: @ Phoenix College, 7 p.m.
All home matches are at the West Campus.

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