by DEANNA SHERMAN
The Pima Community College volleyball team (17-16, 7-9 in ACCAC) ended their season early with an elimination loss to South Mountain Community College in their second game of the Region I, Division II tournament in Glendale on Friday, Nov. 6. In just three sets, the No.4 ranked Aztecs fell to No.3 ranked South Mountain, 25-21, 26-24, 25-21.
Sophomore Miranda Bingham had 24 assists, 17 digs and three aces while fellow sophomore Angel Chavez had 18 digs of her own. Sophomore Jamie Holliday finished with 10 kills and one block.
Pima opened the tournament against the No.1 seed Glendale Community College on Thursday, Nov. 5, falling in straight sets 25-19, 25-17, 25-20. The Aztecs peaked in the second set with an 11-10 lead but couldn’t finish the set or the match strong as Glendale swept all three sets.
Holliday and sophomore Brooklyn Scarborough each had eight kills. Bingham had 22 assists and two aces with Chavez staying consistent with 21 digs.
“My first thought is unfortunately disappointment,” said Pima head coach Dan Bithell, as he reflected on the season. “…but overall we had a terrific season. We had more season wins than then the previous…the programs at a good place.”
The Aztecs finished their regular season play with an exciting five-set victory over Chandler-Gilbert on Friday, Oct. 30.
It took Pima a bit to get warmed up as it looked like Chandler-Gilbert was going to take the game after winning the first two sets. Ultimately that was all Chandler-Gilbert would get as the Aztecs rallied back and took the game in the last three sets to finish 21-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-17, 15-11.
Pima had three players in double figures for kills. Scarborough with 19, Davis produced 16 kills and sophomore Mariah Rodriguez had 11. Bingham had an impressive 60 assists, 23 digs and five aces. Chavez finished the match with 27 digs.
Sophomores Bingham and Chavez were honored by the ACCAC conference for their impressive skills and accomplishments this season.
Bingham was named second team All-ACCAC and to the All-Region I, Division II team. Bingham broke the single season school record in assists with 1,209 (9.37 average per set) and had 469 digs and 69 aces. She also finished first in the ACCAC in aces, averaging 0.53 a set.
The team’s libero, Chavez, was selected to the All-ACCAC honorable mention team. Chavez broke the Pima school record with 681 digs (5.32 per set). She also had 98 assists and 37 aces. She also finished first in the ACCAC with number of digs.
“Bingham and Chavez have been consistent all year,” said Bithell. “Defensively Holliday has also stood out this season…the strength was the whole team”
As for next year, Bithell is still “in the grieving process” but looks forward to “the terrific kids coming back…I’m excited to work with them again.”
The Aztecs finished the season with a 17-16 overall record and made their third straight appearance at the Region I, Division II tournament. The team will have seven returning including freshman standout, middle-blocker Kristen Baldwin who finished second in the ACCAC averaging 1.11 blocks per set.
by DEANNA SHERMAN
The Pima Community College volleyball team (16-14, 6-9 in ACCAC) kept their No.4 rank in the ACCAC standings, despite a loss to Glendale Community College last Friday, Oct. 23.
In just three sets the Aztecs lost their road game 25-23, 25-18, 25-23. Sophomores Jamie Holliday and Brooklyn Scarborough had double digit kills while fellow sophomore Angel Chavez had 26 digs.
PCC had the opposite game play Wednesday Oct. 21 when they pulled out a three-set victory against Mesa Community College 25-18, 25-22, 25-21. This win put Pima firmly in the No. 4 spot after Phoenix College lost to South Mountain Community College the same week.
Every Aztec on the team put up notable stats. Freshman Victoria Davis was a standout with 14 kills, 17 digs and a 2.4 pass rating, while sophomores Miranda Bingham, Arisa Chavez, Angel Chavez and Holliday all had at least 10 or more digs on the night as well.
Pima finally broke their four game losing streak at home against Yavapai College on Friday, Oct. 16.
In an exciting fifth-set tiebreaker the Aztecs managed to pull out the win after Yavapai came back to tie up the sets 2-2 (25-20, 6-25, 25-25-16, 16-25, 17-15.) Davis finished the match with 19 kills and 15 digs with Baldwin having 11 kills, five digs and three blocks.
In a major upset win the seventh ranked Pima team gave third ranked Yavapai only their second loss in ACCAC conference play. This is an important win for the Aztecs going into the playoffs.
Pima lost their fourth straight game on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Host Arizona Western College took the win over Pima in four sets, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-11. It looked like the Aztecs were going to make a come-back in the third set, but failed to continue the stride in the fourth. Bingham finished the game with 25 assists, 10 digs and two aces.
The Aztecs will play one last regular season game against Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Friday, Oct. 30 before playoffs.
by DEANNA SHERMAN
The Pima Community College volleyball team (14-12, 4-7 in ACCAC) played another tough game against the No. 3 ranked Scottsdale Community College on Friday, Oct. 9. Pima lost in five sets in Scottsdale 26-24, 17-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-6.
The last time these two played resulted in a loss at the West Campus, unable to get the win in a very similar fashion, five-sets.
The Aztecs had an impressive 15 aces in the match. Sophomore Miranda Bingham led with five while fellow sophomores Angel Chavez and Arisa Chavez each had four.
Now that Aztec Volleyball is more than halfway through their conference play Coach Dan Bithell says “We still have a long way to go with this season…our goals are to strengthen our hold on a playoff berth and to continue to improve and hopefully learn how to beat the best teams…”
On Wednesday, Oct. 7 the Pima Aztecs played away against Phoenix College, losing in four sets, 25-18, 25-17, 17-25, 25-17.
Down the first two sets, it looked as though Pima was going to make a comeback as they took the third. Phoenix College would seal the victory in the fourth.
PCC played a rough home match against South Mountain Community College on Friday, Oct. 2. Pima took the first set but failed to finish any other sets. 23–25, 25-19, 25–21, 25–22. Pima and South Mountain are now tied in their series, 1-1
The Aztecs played an exciting match against Chandler–Gilbert Community College on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Pima would end up beating host, Chandler–Gilbert in a fifth set tie-breaker, 25–18, 22–25, 26–24,24–26, 15–4.
Oct. 14: @ Arizona Western College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16: Yavapai College, West Campus, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21: Mesa CC, West Campus, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23: @ Glendale CC, 7 p.m.
by DEANNA SHERMAN
The Pima Community College volleyball team (13-9) spent the weekend in California, participating in the San Diego City College Tournament, Saturday Sept. 26.
The Aztecs made it all the way to the championship match after sweeping through pool play and taking the semifinals.
Unfortunately PCC would lose to Glendale Community College in the championship match, a team that the Aztecs lost to a week prior to the tournament.
Sophomore Jamie Holliday was honored for her outstanding skills being named to the All-Tournament team, finishing the tournament with 43 kills and 48 digs in four matches.
Sophomore Angel Chavez had six aces and an impressive 75 digs in five matches.
Chavez is currently in the top five of the division for digs (2nd with 437) and digs-per-set (5th, averaging 5.14)
“I credit my mom for my special skill,” said Chavez, on her notable athleticism. “She worked with me a lot with passing and digging ever since I was little…used to put a mattress down in our living room so I would dive and pass the ball to practice.”
Although Pima impressed in San Diego, they have dropped to seventh in the division rankings after a three game losing streak knocked them down.
“We need to put everything we’re capable of together to close out games,” Chavez said on their struggles. “We need to stay together as a team and maintain the amazing chemistry we have.”
Pima ended their three game losing streak with a win against Mesa Community College on Thursday, Sept. 24 in four sets.
Sophomore Miranda Bingham had a major hand in the victory with three aces, 13 digs and 45 assists alongside defender Chavez who had 20 digs.
On Wednesday, Sept. 23 the Aztecs lost their third straight match at Central Arizona College.
PCC was able to win the second set but couldn’t produce a win, losing the match in four sets (25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20).
PCC lost another game at home to Glendale Community College on Friday, Sept. 18.
The Aztecs lost in just four sets (8-26, 25-20, 21-25, 25-15), unable to outscore Glendale after the second match.
Holliday finished the match with 16 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Brooklyn Scarborough had 13 kills and 13 digs with fellow sophomore Miranda Bingham adding 50 assists and 17 digs.
On Wednesday, Sept. 16 Pima faced off against Scottsdale Community College in what would be a loss in five sets (23-25,25-23,23-25, 25-12, 15-10).
Despite PCC taking two of the first three sets they couldn’t secure a win as Scottsdale took over the last two sets with ease.
Holliday had a good game with 16 kills and 15 digs while Baldwin had 10 kills with 6 blocks.
The Aztecs will return to Arizona and their conference play Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Chandler against Chandler Gilbert Community College.
By DEANNA SHERMAN
Over the weekend of Sept. 11-12, The Pima Community College volleyball team (9-5, 2-1 in ACCAC) participated in the Scottsdale Community College Classic Tournament.
The Aztecs finished the tournament winning four out of five matches
In their first match of the day, Pima defeated Central Wyoming College in four sets. Only struggling in the first set, the Aztecs commanded most of the game.
Pima’s second match was an easy three set victory over Utah State University-Eastern.
The third and final match of the day would prove to be the most entertaining, against Spokane Falls Community College. The Aztecs eventually lost the game.
In day two of the tournament, the Aztecs started against Mesa Community College. The Aztecs started things off rough, but rallied for a fifth set win.
Pima finished the tournament with a breezy win over Victoria College in three sets.
Sophomore Jamie Holliday had 45 kills and 28 digs along with fellow sophomore Angel Chavez, who had 73 digs and seven aces during five matches.
Miranda Bingham, sophomore, finished the tournament with 17 aces, 67 digs and 173 assists.
Freshman middle-blocker Kristin Baldwin had 24 blocks and 19 kills for the tournament.
Baldwin is currently ranked second in blocks-per-set in the division.
The freshman credits her high school coach for her good habits and skills as a blocker. “He saw potential in me at a young age and had me watch videos on how to block when I was in elementary school,” Baldwin said.
Pima is currently ranked 4th and only wanting to move up from there.
“We need to keep practicing and increasing our skills every day and keep growing as a team. And overall: win,” Baldwin said
PCC had a tough match against Benedictine University on Sept 9. In four sets Pima found themselves struggling to get the lead, ultimately losing the non-conference match.
On Sept. 4, the Aztecs pulled a win at home against Eastern Arizona College. In four very close sets, but Pima finished the game strong in the final set.
Sophomore Brooklyn Scarborough had 14 kills while Holliday finished with 15 kills and 14 digs.
The PCC volleyball team played their first regular season game at home against Phoenix College taking to five sets.
Whitney Nesbitt, sophomore, finished the match with 12 kills and five blocks while Baldwin contributed with 13 blocks.
The Aztecs got back to conference play Wednesday Sept. 16 at the West Campus against Scottsdale Community College after the Aztec Press went to print.
By DEANNA SHERMAN
The Pima Community College volleyball team (2-3, 0-1 in ACCAC) played their first official conference match of the season on Aug. 28.
The Aztecs were on the road playing in Phoenix against South Mountain Community College where they played a back and forth match, but ultimately fell to South Mountain in four games.
Sophomore Miranda Bingham finished with 39 assists and 12 digs for the Aztecs. Freshman Kristin Baldwin and sophomore Jamie Holliday both contributed 10 kills, while sophomore Angel Chavez finished with 35 digs and two aces.
The loss was salt on a fresh wound, as just a week prior the Aztecs lost a tough match to South Mountain in a non-conference match during the New Mexico Military Classic.
The New Mexico Military Institute Classic is a two-day volleyball tournament in Roswell, NM Aug. 21-22. Pima came out an even 2-2 from the tournament, never giving a dull performance, with forced fifth sets and close-out matches.
On Aug. 21, the tournament began and opened the Aztecs regular season play. Their first match would end up being the toughest, as they forced a fifth set out of South Mountain, but couldn’t find victory.
The loss only prepared Pima for their second match of the day against Seward Count Community College. Although Seward County fired back in the third and fourth sets, the Aztecs finished strong, holding Seward County off to win in five sets.
The second day of the tournament had a faster pace, but was just as bittersweet as the first.
In their first match, Pima lost in three matches against Hutchinson County Community College.
But the day was not over. The Aztecs pulled themselves together and finished the tourney strong, closing out with a split record 2-2, and defeating their final opponent, Garden City Community College, in three sets.
Pima played their regular season home opener at the West Campus Gymnasium on Wednesday, Sept. 3, after the Aztec Press went to print.
By BETO HOYOS
Pima Community College’s volleyball season came to an end when they fell in three sets to Glendale Community College in the Region I Division II championship round on Nov. 8. The Aztecs took second place in the Region I Division II tournament for the first time in program history. Pima came within four points in the first set, but that would be as close as the Aztecs would get in the opening set. Glendale opened up their offense and at one point held a 20-13 lead. The Aztecs held a slim 7-5 advantage in the second set, but Glendale came back to take control. Late in the second set, Pima gave up six straight points and dropped the set. Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim finished the match with eight kills and four blocks, while sophomore Alexis Ammermen had 16 digs and six kills. Pima faced elimination twice on Nov. 7 but rallied to beat Scottsdale Community College in five sets. The Aztecs dropped the first two sets but came back to take three straight sets and pick up the victory. The match went down to the wire before Pima took the final set by two points. Pilgrim finished the game with 14 kills and seven blocks, while Ammermen finished with 12 digs, six blocks and three aces. Freshmen Brooklyn Scarborough contributed 12 kills, while sophomore Liz Mata had 55 assists and 18 digs. Earlier in the day, Pima defeated South Mountain Community College to stay alive in the tournament. The Aztecs held slim leads throughout the first and the second sets en route to a three-set sweep. Pima finished 16-15 for the season.
By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College volleyball team (13-13, 8-7 in ACCAC conference) secured the No. 3 seed for the Region I Division II playoffs when it defeated Glendale Community College in straight sets on Oct. 24.
In the final home game of the season the Aztec sophomores were recognized prior to the game.
“It was bittersweet but we were all pumped, every single one of us,” sophomore Alexis Ammerman said.
In the first set, Pima scored five straight points at three different times to take a commanding lead.
The Aztecs found themselves down 19-13 in the second set but mounted a comeback with nine straight points.
Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim had three kills and freshman Jamie Holliday had two aces during that stretch to help Pima take a 22-19 lead.
Pima dominated the third set, and held a double-digit lead four times.
Pilgrim led the way with 14 kills for the match. She was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week for Oct. 20-26.
Sophomores Nykole Adun had 10 kills and Alexis Ammerman had nine. Liz Mata had 39 assists.
Holliday finished with eight kills and 15 digs, while fellow freshman Angel Chavez had 20 digs.
After the match, the team recognized its sophomores: Adun, Ammerman, Andrea Burnett, Mata and Pilgrim.
PCC will close out the regular season Oct. 31 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College at 7 p.m.
On Oct. 22, the Aztecs snapped a three-match losing streak by defeating Mesa Community College in three sets.
Pima lost to Yavapai College in four sets on Oct. 17, managing to win only the third set.
Head coach Dan Bithell said the team faced tough competition as the season wound down.
“I don’t think the schedule has been a factor, we’ve just run into some good teams,” he said.
Bithell has seen his team improve throughout the season.
“We believe in what we do a lot more now,” he said.
By BETO HOYOS
After a rough stretch of losses, the Pima Community College volleyball team won the San Diego City College tournament Sept. 27.
“It was the first time this season that we really believed in each other even when we faltered a bit,” Pima head coach Dan Bithell said. “It was a great team effort all day.”
Pima first defeated two California teams, Alan Hancock College and Cerritos College, in three sets each. The wins earned Pima a No. 1 seed heading into the finals.
The Aztecs later faced tougher opponents but kept winning.
“Everyone worked their butts off and we stayed together as a team the whole time,” sophomore Alexis Ammerman said.
Pima defeated a California team, Cuestas College, and conference foe Chandler-Gilbert Community College to advance to the finals.
The Aztecs faced the host school in the final match, and defeated San Diego City College in four sets to win the tournament.
“Tremendously exciting and I am very proud of all the girls’ efforts,” Bithell said.
Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim was named to the All-Tournament team.
On Sept. 24, the Aztecs mounted rallies but lost in four sets to Central Arizona College at West Campus.
They fell behind early in the first set, giving up five straight points. On Central’s game point, they rallied with four straight points of their own but fell 25-19.
They also trailed early in the second set, but rallied to win 25-15 with the help of freshman Angelina Chavez and sophomores Nykole Adun and Liz Mata.
The Aztecs tried to ride the second set momentum in the third set but an early lead did not last long. After being tied 10-10, Central outscored the Aztecs 10-3 to take the lead for good.
In the final set, the Aztecs allowed seven straight points in opening play. They got as close as four points but ultimately dropped the final set and the game.
Pilgrim finished the match with 10 kills and eight blocks. Freshmen Andrea Burnett and Jamie Holliday each had eight kills.
On Sept. 17, the Aztecs lost to Scottsdale Community College in three sets.
By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College volleyball team had a tough time at the Scottsdale Classic tournament.
“It was an interesting trip,” sophomore Alexis Ammerman said. “We played well but we played some really good teams.”
The Aztecs dropped all three matches on Sept. 12. They lost in a close opening match to College of Southern Idaho, then lost in three sets to host Scottsdale Community College and to Utah State University.
Pima lost again on Sept. 13 against Central Wyoming College in four hard-fought sets. In the final match of the tournament, the Aztecs defeated Victoria College (Texas) in three sets.
Pima tallied a conference win on Sept. 6 against Mesa Community College. The Aztecs won two sets before dropping the third, but took control in the fourth set.
Sophomore Liz Mata contributed 38 assists and two aces. Sophomore Kaysee Pilgrim finished the game with 14 kills and four blocks, while Ammerman had six blocks.
On Sept. 5, the Aztecs hit the road to take on Glendale Community College but could not come away with the win. The Aztecs won the first set but dropped the next three, allowing Glendale to remain undefeated for the season.
On Sept. 3, Pima won a five-match set on the road against Phoenix College during a back-and-forth contest.
By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College volleyball team opened conference play with a thrilling win and a disappointing loss. The loss came during their first home match on Aug. 29 against South Mountain Community College.
The Aztecs lost in three sets and had a hard time finding any momentum against a strong defense. “They’re a tough team,” head coach Dan Bithell said. “They’re more physical than a couple of the teams we’ve played so far.”
Bithell said his Aztecs are talented but the team wasn’t playing to its capabilities. “Maybe there were some jitters for the first home match or something like that but we weren’t in any sort of rhythm as a group,” he said. He’s confident the team will keep improving, and will be better prepared for the next meeting against South Mountain. “It’s a long season,” he said. “We’ll meet up with these guys again and hopefully we’ll have a better game plan.”
Sophomores Nykole Adun and Kaysee Pilgrim each finished with eight kills. Sophomore Liz Mata had 23 assists.
The win came Aug. 27 when Pima opened conference play in Thatcher against Eastern Arizona College. Pima dropped two early sets and had to fight back. Eastern brought out its entire arsenal but the Aztecs kept their composure.
“It was a great team effort,” Bithell said. “We had to make constant adjustments and everyone had great contributions.”
The win helped boost team confidence. “I think the team is amazing,” freshman Mariah Rodriguez said. “We’ve bonded and connected on many levels.” Freshman Brooklyn Scarborough predicted the Aztecs will wins lots of games. “I think we’re going to be pretty good,” she said.
The Aztecs were scheduled to play Phoenix College on Sept. 3. The match took place after Aztec Press went to the printer. Pima opened its season on Aug. 22-23 at the New Mexico Military Institute Classic in Roswell. In the opening match against Yavapai College, the Aztecs won the first set but dropped the next three. In the second match, Pima defeated Air Force Prep (Colorado) in three sets.
On the second day of the tournament, the Aztecs won a match against Odessa College (Texas). They dropped the first set but came back to take three straight. In the final match, the Aztecs faced host NMMI. They could not muster enough energy to stay with their opponent and tasted defeat in three sets.
By BETO HOYOS
Sophomore volleyball player Alexis Ammerman stands tall on and off the court.
She was an athletic standout at an early age, and participated in multiple sports.
“Honestly, basketball was my first love,” she said.
Ammerman enjoyed basketball and volleyball, and began playing club volleyball as a teenager.
During her sophomore year at Tucson Magnet High School, she had to make a decision and chose volleyball.
“I played club ball and it ran into basketball season, so I had to make a choice,” she said.
After graduating from Tucson High in 2011, Ammerman joined Pima Community College’s volleyball team last year. The 6-footer plays outside hitter.
She began her sophomore season ineligible due to some paperwork issues, but as of Sept. 2 she was officially listed as being on the team.
Head coach Dan Bithell hopes to see her succeed.
“I’d say she’s a really important part of the team,” he said. “It’d be really nice to have her back.”
Off the court, Ammerman is a smart, motivated young woman who hopes to give back to the city that helped raise her. She has fond memories of growing up in the Old Pueblo.
“Tucson has a lot to offer but things aren’t just going to be given to you and easy to find,” she said.
“The city has always been rich in culture and is a nice place to live,” she added.
“Nothing has really changed in Tucson, it’s just your perspective of life that changes. It changes because you get older.”
She’s a fan of the outdoors, and enjoys hiking local trails.
“There are some places where people can’t go hiking, so hiking here is awesome,” she said.
Ammerman also enjoys watching movies in her spare time. She likes comedies, but is a fan of most genres.
“My all-time favorites are ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘The Goonies,’” she said.
Another favorite activity is spending time with friends, family and teammates.
“I like hanging out with friends, and just doing whatever makes me happy,” she said.
As a student-athlete, Ammerman appreciates the support of fans and knows how motivational they can be during a close game. For that reason, she tries to attend other Pima sporting events.
“I like going to other Aztec games and supporting my fellow Aztecs,” she said.
Ammerman grew up as an only child to a single mother, and said she looks to her mother for inspiration.
“My number one motivation is my mom,” she said. “She had me young, so the things I’m doing are things she never got to do.”
Her mother was always available to help her in every way possible, she added. “She’s an amazing person and I just want to make her proud.”
Ammerman is majoring in education, and hopes to become a teacher who can inspire new generations.
“I love kids,” she said.
None of her many part-time jobs has involved working with children, but she is certain she will succeed at teaching.
“I never worked at a YMCA or anything ,but all my life I would babysit or look after kids,” she said.
Ammerman defines a good role model as someone who is motivating and uplifting, and believes she fits the description.
“A good role model would push themselves and push others to do well,” she said.
By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College volleyball team’s season came to an end after losing to Scottsdale Community College in the elimination match of the region I, division II tournament.
This was the second straight year the Aztecs made the tournament.
The Aztecs struggled early in the first set and would find themselves down by as much as 11 points.
In the second set the Aztecs would keep it close. The Aztecs fought back and cut Scottsdale’s lead to 22-20 after a kill by Kristen Hains and an Alexis Ammerman block. That would be as close as the Aztecs would come.
In the third set the Aztecs would hold a slim 16-11 lead after Kassidy Crawford and Andrea Burnett both contributed kills and Ammerman contributed an ace. Midway through the third set Scottsdale called a timeout and came back to chip away at the Aztecs lead. After gaining a 19-18 advantage, Scottsdale would score three more times to take the match.
Ammerman finished the game with eight kills and three blocks, and Liz Mata finished with 21 assists.
Positive player reaction can be hard to come by after a season ending loss, but after trying to reach players via Facebook the only reaction I could get was from Nykole Adun when simply said “we’re misery”.
In the opening match of the region I, division II tournament the Pima Community College volleyball team lost to No. 1 seed Glendale Community College in three sets.
The Aztecs would have small leads throughout the match, but Glendale would prove to be too much to handle. Hope Redhawk would help give the Aztecs an early lead with two kills. Later in the set Kassidy Crawford had an ace to put the Aztecs on top again with a 7-5 lead. Later in the first set Glendale would score six straight points to take the first set.
In the second set Redhawk had two straight kills to give the Aztecs a 8-7 lead. Later in the set, Glendale would earn four straight points to take a 21-16 lead. Glendale would lead by only two after kills by Katie Rudolphi and Crawford.
After leading by two points on five separate occasions Glendale would take the lead down the stretch. After being down by two Rudolphi had a kill and Rachel Garcia had an ace to tie it up. After being tied one more time, Glendale would take the final two points of the match.
By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College volleyball team is seeking the final spot in the Region I, Division II playoffs as the Aztecs head into their last game of the regular season at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Nov. 1.
Pima beat Chandler-Gilbert in four sets earlier this month at the West Campus.
On Oct. 25, the Aztecs (14-13, 5-10 in conference) lost in three sets against Glendale Community College.
Sophomore libero Courtney Pitts finished with 15 digs. Freshman Kassidy Crawford had seven kills and sophomore Hope Redhawk contributed four blocks.
In their regular-season home finale on Oct. 23, the Aztecs lost 3-1 against Mesa Community College. The Aztecs came out strong in the first set, but dropped the next three.
After the game, sophomores Courtney Pitts, Katie Rudolphi, Redhawk, Rachel Garcia and Noelle Olson were recognized.
The Aztecs came out firing on all cylinders Oct. 18 at home against Yavapai College. After dropping the first set, they rallied to win the next three.
“I think we’ve all finally bonded to the point where it all clicked,” freshman Kristen Hains said.
Communication among teammates was apparent from the start.
“Our coach always tells us to communicate, communicate, communicate, so that’s all we’ve been doing at practice,” Hains said.
Players including Hains and fellow freshman Alexis Ammerman could be heard directing their teammates all game.
On Oct. 16, Pima lost in three sets to Arizona Western College in Yuma. AWC was ranked 13th in the NJCAA Division I standings.
Pitts was recognized by the ACCAC as the Division II Player of the Week for Oct. 14-20. She had 47 digs and six assists in the games against AWC and Yavapai College.
By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College volleyball team started October with two victories, but fell short in its next two matches.
The team was scheduled to play No. 11 Arizona Western College in Yuma on Oct. 16. The match took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.
On Oct. 11, the Aztecs (13-10, 4-7 in conference) lost to No. 13 Scottsdale Community College in three sets.
On Oct. 9, the Aztecs fell short of a comeback against Phoenix College, losing in four hard-fought sets.
The first two matches went to Phoenix, but Pima stormed back in the third set to earn a 2-point win.
The fourth set was too much for the Aztecs to handle and the lead stayed with Phoenix for the remainder of the set.
The two schools split the season series at two matches apiece.
On Oct. 4, the Aztecs swept their season series against South Mountain Community College.
The Aztecs came out firing on all cylinders early.
With a 15-14 lead in the first set, the Aztecs pulled away with help from three freshmen: a kill by Kristen Hains, an ace by Alexis Ammerman’s and a block point by Andrea Burnett.
In the second set, the Aztecs came out attacking. Freshman Nykole Adun totaled five aces, including three straight.
“I was expecting to carry a light load but I was just so pumped to play with my team,” Adun said.
Adun credited her good game to her helpful teammates for staying focused and being supportive all game long.
“We are not only friends on the court but off it too,” she said.
The Aztecs never trailed in the third set. South Mountain came within four points, but Adun helped extend the lead to 20-10 with two kills.
“We’re a good squad and we can’t wait to go to regionals,” Adun said.
Adun finished with seven kills and five aces. Freshman Kassidy Crawford pitched in seven kills and Ammerman had six kills and three aces.
Freshman Liz Mata had 22 assists while sophomore Courtney Pitts finished with 17 digs.
On Oct. 2, the Aztecs defeated Chandler-Gilbert Community College in four sets.
Crawford had a pair of kills in the first set to help boost the early lead. Ammerman’s ace put the match away.
Burnett contributed strong play and a kill to cushion the lead.
Ammerman and Crawford remained hot and came through with kills to secure the second set.
The Aztecs regrouped after dropping the third set and never trailed in the fourth.
Three players finished in double digits for kills.
Crawford led the way with 18 while Ammerman finished with 16 and Hains collected 14.
Mata finished with 41 assists, while Pitts collected 26 digs.