By DEANNA SHERMAN
The Pima Community College volleyball team (2-3, 0-1 in ACCAC) played their first official conference match of the season on Aug. 28.
The Aztecs were on the road playing in Phoenix against South Mountain Community College where they played a back and forth match, but ultimately fell to South Mountain in four games.
Sophomore Miranda Bingham finished with 39 assists and 12 digs for the Aztecs. Freshman Kristin Baldwin and sophomore Jamie Holliday both contributed 10 kills, while sophomore Angel Chavez finished with 35 digs and two aces.
The loss was salt on a fresh wound, as just a week prior the Aztecs lost a tough match to South Mountain in a non-conference match during the New Mexico Military Classic.
The New Mexico Military Institute Classic is a two-day volleyball tournament in Roswell, NM Aug. 21-22. Pima came out an even 2-2 from the tournament, never giving a dull performance, with forced fifth sets and close-out matches.
On Aug. 21, the tournament began and opened the Aztecs regular season play. Their first match would end up being the toughest, as they forced a fifth set out of South Mountain, but couldn’t find victory.
The loss only prepared Pima for their second match of the day against Seward Count Community College. Although Seward County fired back in the third and fourth sets, the Aztecs finished strong, holding Seward County off to win in five sets.
The second day of the tournament had a faster pace, but was just as bittersweet as the first.
In their first match, Pima lost in three matches against Hutchinson County Community College.
But the day was not over. The Aztecs pulled themselves together and finished the tourney strong, closing out with a split record 2-2, and defeating their final opponent, Garden City Community College, in three sets.
Pima played their regular season home opener at the West Campus Gymnasium on Wednesday, Sept. 3, after the Aztec Press went to print.