By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College volleyball team (13-13, 8-7 in ACCAC conference) secured the No. 3 seed for the Region I Division II playoffs when it defeated Glendale Community College in straight sets on Oct. 24.
In the final home game of the season the Aztec sophomores were recognized prior to the game.
“It was bittersweet but we were all pumped, every single one of us,” sophomore Alexis Ammerman said.
In the first set, Pima scored five straight points at three different times to take a commanding lead.
The Aztecs found themselves down 19-13 in the second set but mounted a comeback with nine straight points.
Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim had three kills and freshman Jamie Holliday had two aces during that stretch to help Pima take a 22-19 lead.
Pima dominated the third set, and held a double-digit lead four times.
Pilgrim led the way with 14 kills for the match. She was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week for Oct. 20-26.
Sophomores Nykole Adun had 10 kills and Alexis Ammerman had nine. Liz Mata had 39 assists.
Holliday finished with eight kills and 15 digs, while fellow freshman Angel Chavez had 20 digs.
After the match, the team recognized its sophomores: Adun, Ammerman, Andrea Burnett, Mata and Pilgrim.
PCC will close out the regular season Oct. 31 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College at 7 p.m.
On Oct. 22, the Aztecs snapped a three-match losing streak by defeating Mesa Community College in three sets.
Pima lost to Yavapai College in four sets on Oct. 17, managing to win only the third set.
Head coach Dan Bithell said the team faced tough competition as the season wound down.
“I don’t think the schedule has been a factor, we’ve just run into some good teams,” he said.
Bithell has seen his team improve throughout the season.
“We believe in what we do a lot more now,” he said.