By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College volleyball team took on No. 10 Arizona Western College on Oct. 11 but lost in a five-set thriller.
The Aztecs held a lead for most of the first set but Western tied it up at 19-19. The Aztecs scored six of the last seven points to win.
In the second set, the biggest lead for either team was three points. The Aztecs could not hold a 24-22 lead and Western came back to win.
Western held a lead most of the third set but the Aztecs won the fourth set. In the fifth-set tie breaker, the Aztecs gave up a lead early and couldn’t recover.
Sophomore Nykole Adun led the Aztecs with 11 kills, five blocks, five digs and two aces.
On Oct 10, the Aztecs lost to No. 13 Scottsdale Community College in another five-set battle.
In the first set, the Aztecs scored the first six points of the game. Scottsdale got as close as one point but Pima took the win.
Scottsdale won the next two sets but the Aztecs came back in the fourth to force a fifth set. The Aztecs came within one point five times but could not grab a lead.
Sophomore Alexis Ammerman led the Aztecs with 18 kills and seven digs. Adun had 11 kills.
On Oct. 8, the Aztecs extended a winning streak to five games when they beat Phoenix College in four sets.
The first two sets mostly went the Aztec’s way, thanks to kills from freshman Kaysee Pilgrim. The third and fourth sets were tougher. Phoenix had a lead for most of the fourth set but the Aztecs cut the lead to one. A kill by Adun secured the victory.
On Oct. 3, the Aztecs defeated South Mountain College at home.
“I think we’re carrying the momentum from the San Diego tournament,” Ammerman said. “We got a little taste of victory and we want more.”
The Aztecs dropped the first set but responded by winning three straight.
On Oct. 1, the Aztecs beat Chandler-Gilbert in three sets.
After trailing in the first set, the Aztecs scored eight straight points for a win. In the second set, Pima capped the win with a kill by Pilgrim.
Ammermen finished with 10 kills. She was named ACCAC Division II Co-Player of the Week for Sept. 29-Oct. 5.
Oct. 17: @ Yavapai College, Prescott, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22: @ Mesa CC, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24: Glendale CC, West Campus, 7 p.m.