Aztec women serve up some wins, 9-3 overall


The Pima women’s tennis match against Paradise Valley Community College was canceled March 20 but has been rescheduled for April 10 at their home court of Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club.

The Aztecs, 9-3 overall, are heading into two matches March 22 in Thatcher against Eastern Arizona at 10 a.m. and New Mexico Military Institute at 2 p.m.

The team faced a valiant Ventura College lineup on March 16, finishing their California road trip with a 7-2 loss in the final match.

Olivia Cole-Encinas shined once again for the Aztecs. Cole-Encinas went undefeated in singles and doubles competition for the road trip, winning her singles match in three sets at 6-4, 5-7, 10-4. Partner Sarah Blackwell helped Cole-Encinas in bagging a win in the No. 3 doubles match, 8-2.

California play started off kindly for the team as it defeated Cerritos College on March 15, 7-2. The Aztecs had completed a four-game winning streak prior to the fall against Ventura College.

The No. 2 doubles team of Helen Alteiri and Kelly Ponzio remain undefeated at 10-0 in doubles competition. Cole-Encinas won her No. 4 singles match against Ventura, 7-5, 6-3.

The Aztecs kicked off the road trip with a big win over Glendale College on March 15 in Glendale, Calif.

Alteiri had a tough match at the No. 2 singles spot but pulled off a three-set victory over Sofie Tavitian 7-5, 4-6, (10-7). In the No. 1 doubles match, Tatum Rochin and Kari Emery pulled out another close win, defeating Sevana Zargarian and Samantha Sismundo 8-6.

For the second straight match, the team swept its competition. The Aztecs defeated Imperial Valley College from California 9-0 on March 12 in Yuma.

Altieri returned home and continued her winning ways with doubles partner Ponzio as they took their doubles match 8-4.

Photo by Larry Gaurano

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