by DEANNA SHERMAN
The Pima Community College volleyball team (13-9) spent the weekend in California, participating in the San Diego City College Tournament, Saturday Sept. 26.
The Aztecs made it all the way to the championship match after sweeping through pool play and taking the semifinals.
Unfortunately PCC would lose to Glendale Community College in the championship match, a team that the Aztecs lost to a week prior to the tournament.
Sophomore Jamie Holliday was honored for her outstanding skills being named to the All-Tournament team, finishing the tournament with 43 kills and 48 digs in four matches.
Sophomore Angel Chavez had six aces and an impressive 75 digs in five matches.
Chavez is currently in the top five of the division for digs (2nd with 437) and digs-per-set (5th, averaging 5.14)
“I credit my mom for my special skill,” said Chavez, on her notable athleticism. “She worked with me a lot with passing and digging ever since I was little…used to put a mattress down in our living room so I would dive and pass the ball to practice.”
Although Pima impressed in San Diego, they have dropped to seventh in the division rankings after a three game losing streak knocked them down.
“We need to put everything we’re capable of together to close out games,” Chavez said on their struggles. “We need to stay together as a team and maintain the amazing chemistry we have.”
Pima ended their three game losing streak with a win against Mesa Community College on Thursday, Sept. 24 in four sets.
Sophomore Miranda Bingham had a major hand in the victory with three aces, 13 digs and 45 assists alongside defender Chavez who had 20 digs.
On Wednesday, Sept. 23 the Aztecs lost their third straight match at Central Arizona College.
PCC was able to win the second set but couldn’t produce a win, losing the match in four sets (25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20).
PCC lost another game at home to Glendale Community College on Friday, Sept. 18.
The Aztecs lost in just four sets (8-26, 25-20, 21-25, 25-15), unable to outscore Glendale after the second match.
Holliday finished the match with 16 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Brooklyn Scarborough had 13 kills and 13 digs with fellow sophomore Miranda Bingham adding 50 assists and 17 digs.
On Wednesday, Sept. 16 Pima faced off against Scottsdale Community College in what would be a loss in five sets (23-25,25-23,23-25, 25-12, 15-10).
Despite PCC taking two of the first three sets they couldn’t secure a win as Scottsdale took over the last two sets with ease.
Holliday had a good game with 16 kills and 15 digs while Baldwin had 10 kills with 6 blocks.
The Aztecs will return to Arizona and their conference play Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Chandler against Chandler Gilbert Community College.