Pima fails to close season on a high

By KYLE MCDANIEL

October 13 was the last road game for Pima this season as they come home for the final four games.

This is just what the doctor ordered for the Aztecs as they have struggled mightily on the road. Pima will hope to end the season on a high note with this homestand, as they currently sit with a 7-14 record.

Oct. 13: PCC 2, 

Chandler-Gilbert Community College 3

In the last road match of the season for Pima and hoping to end their struggles on the road (2-7), the Aztecs were up 1-0 and 2-1, but the Coyotes came back to win the last two sets 25-11, 22-25, 25-18, 17-25, 7-15.

Keeping every match close, but just fall short in the end. Kayli Riesgo was dishing it out like ice cream with her 53 assists and 16 digs.

Victoria Davis and Kaitlin Schmich each had double digit digs and kills, with Davis posting 15 kills and 24 digs, and Schmich contributed 13 kills and 15 digs.

Jamie Ricksecker had six blocks and kills, while Lyrica Tavesi had 14 kills and two blocks.

Then Anissa Conrad added 30 digs and three aces.

The Aztecs split the season series with the Coyotes as Pima won 3-1 at West Campus last month.

Now Pima will close out the regular season with four straight matches at home.

Oct. 11: PCC 0,

Yavapai College 3

Losing in straight sets in back to back matches, isn’t what Pima needed at this time of the year, when they need to go on a winning streak, 16-25, 25-27, 18-25.

With the Aztecs down 12-11 in the first set, Yavapai would go on to crush any hope Pima had of taking the set with two 4-0 runs, to open up a lead and close out the match.

Pima kept it a back and forth match for most of the second set, having a lead on multiple occasions at 17-15 and 19-16.

However the Roughriders didn’t quit and scored six straight points to take a three point lead. After Pima took a timeout, trailing 24-22, Kaitlin Schmich and Anissa Conrad stepped up with a kill and ace respectively, to tie it at 24.

Discouragingly the Aztecs couldn’t capitalize on the momentum and dropped the set.

Keeping the third set close in the beginning gave Pima hope they could come back and win the match, but Yavapai opened up a gap, that couldn’t be closed and the Aztecs lost.

Schmich had 13 kills and 10 digs, while Victoria Davis and Lyrica Tavesi each had eight kills.

Adding 12 digs and 31 assists was Kayli Riesgo and Conrad added 17 digs as well.

Oct. 6: PCC 0, Scottsdale Community College 3

The Scottsdale CC Artichokes got out their brooms Friday night as they swept Pima in straight sets 15-25, 19-25, 14-25. The Aztecs were forced to play catch-up every set, as Scottsdale continued to jump out to early leads.

In the second set, Pima would take its first and only lead at 8-7, but it was short-lived.

The Artichokes took the lead again and didn’t look back for the rest of the match, as they held a lead the entire third set.

That dropped the Aztecs to 4-5 in ACCAC Conference play. However, Scottsdale still has to make a trip back to Pima, and the Aztecs will be looking to avenge this loss.

Katilin Schmich earned another double-double with her 13 digs and 11 kills.

This was followed up by Victoria Davis’s 16 digs and eight kills. On Oct. 11,

Oct. 4: PCC 3, 

Phoenix College 1

Pima earned a much-needed road conference win Oct. 4 over Phoenix College 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21.

It took four sets, but the team was able to grind out a victory and sweep the season series with the Bears.

Getting her 11th double-double in 18 games was Kayli Riesgo, who posted 12 digs, 47 assists and three kills.

Victoria Davis also was able to get a double-double making that her ninth for the season, as she had 20 kills and 21 digs.

Lyrica Tavesi and Anissa Conrad helped push the Aztecs to victory with their nine kills, two blocks, one ace and 33 digs, respectively.

ON DECK

Oct. 18: Scottsdale Community College, 7 p.m., West Campus.

Oct. 25: South Mountain CC, 7 p.m., West Campus.

Oct. 27: Mesa CC, 7 p.m., West Campus

Nov. 2: NJCAA Region I Division II Tournament, @ No.1 Seed.

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