Season ends with losses

 

By AMY ZAMBRANO

 

The Pima Community College volleyball team concluded the season with losses against Mesa and South Mountain community colleges.

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 won one of four sets.

“It was a high-level game and we gave them a good fight, but we had some unforced errors,” Bithell said.

Freshmen offensive leader Kaylee Rakowski made 10 kills. Freshmen libero Brittany Oddo had 15 digs and two service aces. Sophomore setter Czarina Schutt contributed with three aces and freshmen setter Kami Humphrey served three aces and made three blocks.

Bithell 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.”

Season ends with losses.

The Pima Community College volleyball team concluded the season with losses against Mesa and South Mountain community colleges.

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 won one of four sets.

“It was a high-level game and we gave them a good fight, but we had some unforced errors,” Bithell said.

Freshmen offensive leader Kaylee Rakowski made 10 kills. Freshmen libero Brittany Oddo had 15 digs and two service aces. Sophomore setter Czarina Schutt contributed with three aces and freshmen setter Kami Humphrey served three aces and made three blocks.

Bithell 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.”

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