VOLLEYBALL: Aztecs close out season Oct. 28

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

 As the season drew to a close, the Pima Community College volleyball team never found a consistent path to victory. Their season record was 8-19 overall, 2-13 in ACCAC.

“We’re kind of struggling to find some identity at this point, in terms of what kind of team we think we should be,” head coach Dan Bithell said.

The Aztecs played their final regular-season game on Oct. 28 at Mesa Community College.

Oct. 12: PCC 1, Yavapai College 3
The Aztecs avoided a sweep on the road against the Yavapai Roughriders, losing 3-1 in four sets.

Pima rallied for a comeback in the third set, but was sent home in the fourth. Set scores were 25-15, 25-14, 21-25, 25-21.

“I think if I could put my finger right on it, it could be something that we could fix quickly,” Bithell said. “It’s a combination of things. We’re maybe not completely bought in to the process of getting better every day.”

Freshman Kaitlynn Maxon led the team with 15 kills, while freshman Trae Johnson finished with 10 kills and 13 digs. Freshman Anissa Conrad had 26 digs and one ace.

Oct. 14: PCC 0, Chandler-Gilbert CC 3

In their final home match of the regular season, the Aztecs were swept 3-0 by the Coyotes.

Pima, which lost both matches against Chandler-Gilbert this season, struggled to keep any lead in three sets. Final scores were 25-18, 25-21, 25-18.

“We have really good days and some maybe not-so-good days,” Bithell said. “I think we’re struggling to carry over what we do in practice to matches.”

Sophomore Aubrey Lomeli and Aleksandra Palmer each finished with seven kills. Conrad had 17 digs and freshman Kylie Riesgo had a team-high 17 assists.

Lomeli, Palmer and Victoria Davis were recognized in a sophomore ceremony after the game.

Oct. 19: PCC 0, Central Arizona 3

The Aztecs put up their dukes in Coolidge but were swept in straight sets, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23. The loss marked their seventh in a row.

Lomeli finished the match with 12 kills and two aces, while freshman Hannah Gerard had 16 assists and two aces. Conrad amassed 24 digs and Maxon contributed 12 kills.

Oct. 26: PCC 0, South Mountain CC 3

Failing to reproduce last month’s result, the Aztecs fell to the Cougars on the road in straight sets, 2-16, 25-15, 2-20.

Lomeli finished the match with seven kills, eight digs and one ace. Freshman Mattea Reeb amassed 29 assists and six digs.

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