By KYLE MCDANIEL
Over the next five matches, Pima Community College went 2-3, which gave them an overall record of 6-11.
The season started rough for Pima. The teamwork and communication improved with every game.
Sept. 20: PCC 0, Arizona Western College 3
The Aztecs had a match in Yuma before going to California. That match did not go according to plan as the team lost in straight sets 16-25, 14-25, 22-25.
Pima (2-3) still has plenty of time to turn it around. Sophomore Anissa Conrad had 12 digs, and sophomore Kayli Riesgo had 24 assists. Meanwhile, freshman Kaitlin Schmich posted nine kills and nine digs, followed by sophomore Victoria Davis’s 11 kills and 10 digs.
Sept. 22: PCC 0, San Diego City College 3
The Aztecs gave one-loss, non-conference opponents San Diego City College a tough match, but they still lost in straight sets 15-25, 21-25, 22-25. Sophomore Gianni Romero had nine digs, with Davis collecting eight kills and 19 digs. Conrad contributed 12 digs and an ace, with her teammate Riesgo adding 21 assists, eight digs and an ace.
Sept 23: PCC 3, Southwestern College 0
Southwestern College would have to wait for its first win as Pima would shut out the team in straight sets 25-15, 25-21, 25-22. That, however, didn’t mean that match was easy. Freshman Alyssa Craig put up two blocks and six kills, with Schmich getting eight kills and nine digs. Davis and Conrad combined for 28 digs. Riesgo snagged 12 digs and 26 assists to go with a season-high five aces.
Sept. 27: PCC 0, Mesa Community College 3
The Thunderbirds beat the Aztecs in straight sets in a match that was an all-out dogfight, because all three sets were forced into extra points and were tightly contested, 26-28, 25-27, 24-26. The reason for the extra points is, you must win the match by 2 points. For the first time this season, two Aztecs had double-doubles. Victoria Davis got her double-double with 19 kills and 23 digs, and Riesgo posted 43 assists and 16 digs to get hers. Sophomore Kylee Ashment contributed two blocks, two aces and eight kills followed up with Conrad adding 22 digs.
Sept. 29: PCC 3, Glendale Community College 1
Coming off a tough loss to No. 9 Mesa, the Aztecs were looking to avenge their two losses previously to Glendale who were ranked No. 11 in the nation. It took four sets but Pima would get the victory 25-21, 15-25, 25-21, 25-23.
The first two sets were split, and both were never in doubt as each team dominated.
This would not be the case for the final two sets as both were tightly contested to the end. Tied at 21 in the third set, Pima needed someone to step up, and they got it from two players. Freshman Caley Bringmann helped with an ace and Schmich added two kills.
Down 10-6, the Aztecs scored seven straight points to take a 13-10 lead. Glendale answered with an 11-3 run of its own to take a 21-16 lead, but the Aztecs scored five straight points without reply, again creating a 21-21 stalemate. Then Glendale capitulated with multiple mistakes, giving Pima the ammunition they needed to complete the victory.
With the last match being the first time Pima had two double-doubles, this match became the first of the season with three double-doubles. The three musketeers to achieve this feat were Schmich, Riesgo and Davis. Schmich had 15 digs, 12 kills and two aces; Riesgo had 19 digs and 42 assists; and Davis logged 21 kills, 19 digs, four blocks and two aces.