By STEVE CHOICE
The Pima Community College women’s tennis team (5-3, 1-1 ACCAC) got back in the win column on Feb. 26, destroying Glendale Community College 9-0 at West Campus.
Freshman Amy Beeston defeated Glendale’s Jackie Mettler 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 singles to run her season mark to 7-1.
Sophomore Julienne Cananea shut out her opponent 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles, and sophomores Helen Altieri, Kami Emery and Vivian Pierson each gave up only one game to their singles opponents.
The Aztecs lost a total of two games in the three doubles matches combined.
Pima came up just short against Eastern Arizona College on Feb. 21, falling 5-4 in Thatcher.
The Aztecs took two of three doubles matches against their archrivals, but managed only two victories in the six singles matches.
Freshman Tori Wake and Beeston won at No. 2 doubles, as did the No. 3 pair of freshman Helena Meyer and Cananea.
In singles play, Beeston and Pierson won for PCC.
Pima scored a pair of victories against ranked opponents at a tournament in Plano, Texas, on Feb. 15-16.
PCC’s 3-1 record at the tournament had head coach Gretchen Schantz feeling upbeat.
“I’m very happy with my team’s performance this weekend,” Schantz said after the competition had concluded. “We stepped up and played at a high level with great success.”
PCC closed out the second day of the tournament with a 5-4 victory over Seward County Community College (Kan.).
The Aztecs swept all three doubles matches, including an 8-5 win in the No. 1 slot by Altieri and Emery.
Freshman Ashten Watts sealed the victory for Pima with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at No. 6 singles.
Beeston dropped her first singles match of the year against Seward.
Schantz was pleased with the close win over the squad from Kansas.
“The more pressure matches we play, the stronger my team will be later in the season when it truly counts,” Schantz said.
PCC began the day by downing No. 8 Seminole College (Okla.) 6-3.
Wake dominated her opponent at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1. Also winning singles matches for Pima were Beeston, Cananea and Pierson.
The Aztecs split their matches on day one, defeating No. 7 Temple Community College (Texas) 6-3 before falling to No. 6 Collin College (Texas) 8-1.
PCC swept Temple in doubles, and had singles winners in Beeston, Cananea and Pierson. Beeston was the lone Pima victor against Collin.
On Feb. 9, the women destroyed Imperial Valley College (Calif.) 9-0 at West Campus. The Aztecs kicked off the 2013 campaign with a 6-3 loss to Western New Mexico University on Feb. 6 at the Tucson Racquet Club.
The men’s team (2-2, 1-1 ACCAC) fell 9-0 at Scottsdale Community College on Feb. 28.
Like the women, the men also found success against Glendale, taking a 6-3 road decision on Feb. 26.
Sophomores Joe Owen and Dylan Vo defeated Tommy Sertich and Alejandro Tovar 8-4 at No. 1 doubles.
Owen and Vo also their their singles matches.
Sophomore D.J. Campas came through big for PCC at No. 4 singles, winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Freshmen Brian Soto and Landon Trejo won their singes matches decisively.
On Feb. 9, the Aztecs blanked Imperial Valley 9-0 at West Campus.
Owen led the way for Pima, dominating Robert Flores 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.
Vo smashed Brandon Fitzsimmons 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles competition. Other singles winners for Pima were sophomores Baldemar Audeves, Campas, Trejo and freshman Carlos Medina.
Pima had its difficulties against Western New Mexico on Feb. 6, as the Mustangs dropped the Aztecs 9-0 at the TRC.
The women’s next match will be at Mesa Community College on March 5.
The men’s team is scheduled to travel to Scottsdale Community College on Feb. 28.
March 5: @ Mesa CC, Mesa, 1:30 p.m.
March 5: Mesa CC, West Campus, 1:30 p.m.