Diggin’ in with Aztec libero Anissa Conrad

By PJ REGOLE

Tucson native Anissa Conrad has been attending Pima Community College and representing the volleyball team for two years. Starting at libero, she has made quite the impact on the squad. In nearly every match this season, she has led the team in digs, and she is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Conrad has been playing volleyball since sixth grade. Since then, she has played at the club, high school and now collegiate level.

Conrad played three years for the varsity squad at Sahuaro High School, and she was team captain for two of those seasons. She also earned a spot on the second team all city twice, as well as an honorable mention.

She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do immediately after high school, but she is thankful for what Pima has offered her.

“I have a great relationship with my coach,” she said, “and I think this year is one of the closer connected teams I’ve ever been on.”

She has been with the team for three years because she sat out with a medical redshirt for a torn labrum her freshman year. Though some would see the injury as a setback, she viewed it as an opportunity.

“I learned a lot on the sidelines that year,” she said. “It gave me a different perspective of the game.”

In her first year after the injury, she recorded an astonishing 449 digs in just 28 matches. While she fared very well in that season, she seems to be on another mission this year. Through 15 matches, she has already recorded 230 digs, on pace to just pass the numbers she posted last season.

“Of course I would like to always have the most digs on the team, but my main focus is just reacting and touch as many balls as I can,” she said.

Since landing at Pima, she has become a leader for the team, even taking home MVP of a tournament in San Diego last season.

“I would say my role is the communicator … I’m always that little voice behind my hitters telling them open spots so we can all execute our jobs,” she said.

Though she has such a positive impact on the Pima team, she has made the decision that this season will be her last, and she will continue to work toward a degree where she will be working with another of her passions, animals. She is in her first semester in the PCC veterinary technician program.

Though she has made the decision to be a vet tech, she said that she would have considered taking her talents to the next level and play for another school.

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