By AMY ZAMBRANO
The Pima Community College Volleyball team concluded the season with losses against Mesa Community College and South Mountain Community College.
The (3-21-0 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) Aztecs hoped to finish their season strong but instead came home empty handed.
The team had an 11-game losing streak, then three wins at a San Diego tournament, followed by a 12-game losing streak.
“It was a very inexperienced team, and we needed to focus on working hard until the end,” coach Dan Bithell said. “We just haven’t learned how to close things out in each game.”
The team drove to Phoenix on Oct. 28 to play its final match of the season against South Mountain. Pima lost three sets in a row. South Mountain opened the match with an 18-25 win, followed by 22-25 and 15-25 point victories.
Mesa visited Aztec territory on Oct. 26 for Pima’s final home match. The Aztecs gave Mesa a fight as they won one of four very tough sets.
“It was a high-level game and we gave them a good fight,” Bithell said, “but like I said before, we had some unforced errors.”
Freshmen offensive leader Kaylee Rakowski made 10 kills for the team. Freshmen libero Brittany Oddo played well with 15 digs and two service aces in the conference loss. Sophomore setter Czarina Schutt contributed with three aces and freshmen setter Kami Humphrey served three aces and made three blocks.
Next year seems far off for Bithell, but he expects a better season next year.
“I do plan on getting people who want to work hard for the team,” he said. “I expect much more for next year.”
By AMY ZAMBRANO
The Pima Community College volleyball season is almost over and the team’s expectation is to finish strong.
“We just want to be able to finish this season on a positive note,” freshmen setter Kami Humphrey said. “We want to finish the season strong.”
The (3-20, 0-14 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) Aztecs could not keep up with Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Eastern Arizona College or Central Arizona College in their most recent matches.
The Aztecs lost 3-0 to Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Oct. 21. The first and closest set was lost 25-21, while the second and third sets were lost 25-13 and 25-19.
The team lost three sets to none in an away match against Eastern Arizona on Oct. 19. The first and second sets were lost 25-19, 25-14. The third and final set went to Eastern Arizona with a score of 25-15.
Pima lost a home match against Central Arizona on Oct. 14.
The Aztecs opened the best-of-five match with a 25-22 win, but lost the next three games 25-23, 25-20 and 25-17.
Freshman outside hitter Kalee Rakowski led the team with 15 total kills. Kami Humphrey had a good two-way match with 18 assists and four blocks. Freshman libero Brittany Oddo contributed 13 digs for the team in the conference loss.
Coach Dan Bithell said he is proud of the players and their hard work during the season.
“We played many physical imposing teams and we were not intimidated,” he said. “We just let the season slip away from us because of unforced errors, but overall worked very hard.”
Pima had its final home match of the 2011 season Oct. 26 against Mesa Community College and its final match against South Mountain Community College Oct. 28.