By CLYNISHA STEVENS
The Pima Community College volleyball team ended a four-match losing streak on Oct. 19 with a four-set victory over Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
PCC dropped the first set, but came back to take control in the second. The Aztecs were able to hang on to take the third and fourth sets.
Sophomore Cheryl Montague finished with 18 kills to lead the Aztecs, while sophomore Kaylee Rakowski had 10 kills, four aces and two blocks.
“We’ve done a lot of good things,” Montague said. “I think the games that we have lost have just been by simple errors, but they are easy fixes.”
Sophomore Kami Humphrey contributed with 40 assists and fellow sophomore Courtney Pitts finished with 27 digs.
The Aztecs lost their third straight game Oct. 12, dropping three sets to Central Arizona College, 25-19, 25-17 and 25-16.
Montague finished with eight kills and Pitts had 14 digs.
On Oct. 10, PCC lost to then-No. 2 Glendale Community College at home. Glendale won in four sets by scores of 26-24, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-21.
The Aztecs trailed 15-8 in the first set and came back to tie it on a few occasions, but couldn’t grab the lead.
Pima had a lead in the second set, but fell and couldn’t catch up.
In the third set, Pima was tied 19-19 before breaking it open with four straight points to eventually take the set.
PCC cut Glendale’s lead to 16-14 in the fourth set, but the Aztecs did not end up with the win.
Montague led the team with 13 kills while sophomore Kendra Hall contributed 10 kills and four blocks.
Humphrey had 38 assists and two aces, while Pitts finished with 27 digs.
Head coach Dan Bithell thinks the team needs to limit its errors and pay close attention to defense and attacking.
Oct. 26: South Mountain CC, West Campus, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1-3: NJCAA Region 1 playoffs, @ #1 seed, TBA