VOLLEYBALL: Team finding its stride

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

The Pima Community College volleyball team is gaining momentum, taking second place at a recent tournament in San Diego, California.

The team also has an injured player. Sophomore Victoria Davis has a stress fracture on her left tibia bone and will be unable to play until she receives medical clearance. 

Sept. 14: PCC 2, Chandler-Gilbert CC 3

Pima clashed with Chandler-Gilbert Community College in a conference match on the road, losing 2-3.

The Aztecs took an early 2-1 lead but ultimately fell in five sets, 25-16, 19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11.

Sophomore Aubrey Lomeli led Pima in kills at 16, while freshman setter Hannah Gerard topped the team in assists with 32.

Sept. 16: PCC 3, South Mountain CC 0

The Aztecs pulled of a 3-0 upset when they hosted No. 12 South Mountain Community College.

After falling behind in three straight sets, the Aztecs rallied to win 26-24, 25-22, 25-20.

Head coach Dan Bithell called the victory an exciting win.

“We were finally able to put in all of our efforts in the right direction and have it pay off for us,” he said. “It’s great to get a win at home against a good team.”

Freshman libero Anissa Conrad had a team-high 18 digs for the match.

“I thought we really worked well together and we flowed really well,” Conrad said. “We communicated with each other at all times, which helps. And we stood together, and stood strong for each other.” 

Sept. 21: PCC 0, Arizona Western College 3

In their second home game in a row, the Aztecs battled Arizona Western College and lost in three straight sets, 25-18, 25-19, 25-10.

Pima trailed during each set and never found an opening to get out in front on the scoreboard against the Matadors.

Sophomore Aleksandra Palmer posted 10 kills and Conrad lead the team with 15 digs.

“We’re a really talented team,” Palmer said. “We’ll have a really good practice, have a lot of high intensity. But coming into the game we lose that intensity and sometimes we’ll shut down pretty early.”

Palmer said the team has a long way to go, but will eventually reach its goals.

“I have a lot of confidence in our team’s ability,” she said.

Sept. 23 PCC 3, Southwestern College 2

The team traveled to Chula Vista, California, to battle Southwestern College and won in a five-set match, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18, 14-25, 15-12.

Palmer finished the match with 14 kills and nine digs. Gerard amassed 27 assists, while both Gerard and Conrad served five aces each.

Sept. 24: PCC places second at San Diego Tournament

 The team continued to the San Diego Tournament and received the No. 1 seed after sweeping pool play.

The Aztecs beat Chaffey College in four sets, beat Cuyamaca College in three straight sets and beat host San Diego City College in a five-set tie breaker.

During a re-match against City College in the tournament final, Pima lost the match 25-17.

Palmer and Conrad were selected for the all All-Tournament Team.

Sept. 28: PCC 1, Mesa Community College 3

Back at home; the Aztecs went up against No. 17 Mesa Community College and lost in four sets, 25-16, 25-22, 20-25, 25,15.

Palmer finished the match out with 12 kills and 13 digs, while Gerard ended with 19 assists and 17 digs.

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