Romine and Nash's double-doubles lead Aztecs volleyball passed Phoenix College to open conference play

Sophomore Jade Romine (Canyon del Oro HS) led the Aztecs with 15 kills and added 15 digs as the Aztecs volleyball team opened ACCAC conference play with a four-set victory over Phoenix College on Wednesday at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium. The Aztecs are 3-2 overall and 1-0 in ACCAC play. Photo by Stephanie Van Latum
Sophomore Jade Romine (Canyon del Oro HS) led the Aztecs with 15 kills and added 15 digs as the Aztecs volleyball team opened ACCAC conference play with a four-set victory over Phoenix College on Wednesday at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium. The Aztecs are 3-2 overall and 1-0 in ACCAC play. Photo by Stephanie Van Latum

The Pima Community College volleyball team (3-2, 1-0 in ACCAC) opened ACCAC conference play on Wednesday against Phoenix College at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium.

  • The Aztecs earned victories in the first two sets and defeated the Bears in four (25-15, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22).
  • With the fourth set tied at 21-21, the Aztecs earned two straight points. Sophomore Jade Romine (Canyon del Oro HS) put down a kill to make it 23-21. Sophomore Emily Robinson (Cienega HS) had a kill to set the Aztecs up for match point. Romine and fellow sophomore Kendall Deeter (Mountain View HS) were at the net for the final block to seal the win.
  • Up 10-7 in the first set, the Aztecs rallied off five straight points as Romine had two kills and two aces in that stretch. They scored the final four points of the game.
  • The Aztecs fell behind early in the second set 5-1 but rallied off eight of the next nine points to take the lead. They led for much of the set but fell behind 21-20. Deeter's kill tied the game at 22-22 and Romine's kill set up match point 24-22. A Bears' shot went out and the Aztecs took a 2-0 lead in the match.
  • The Bears broke a 20-20 tie with three straight points in the third set to cut into Pima's lead in the match.
  • Romine finished with a double-double of 15 kills and 15 digs to go along with three aces and three blocks. Sophomore Madi Nash (Sahuaro HS) also finished with a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs.
  • Sophomore Kaleigh Hockett (Desert Mountain HS) posted 37 assists while sophomore Grace Adams (Sabino HS) had 28 digs.
  • Deeter had nine blocks and sophomore Mackenzie Welch (Willcox HS) finished with nine kills and three blocks.

The Aztecs will play a couple of non-conference matches on Monday in Thatcher. They will face off with Utah State University-Eastern at 1:00 p.m. and then Eastern Arizona College at 5:00 p.m.