By STEVE CHOICE
The Pima Community College women’s tennis team dominated Glendale Community College on March 26.
The Aztecs (11-4, 4-2 ACCAC) shut out Glendale 9-0 on the road, and sophomore Vivian Pierson continued her 11-match win streak with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles.
On March 21, PCC faced Eastern Arizona College, a squad that has seemingly become Pima’s kryptonite this year.
The seventh-ranked Aztecs fell for the second time to EAC, again by a 5-4 score.
The No. 6 Gila Monsters took four of six singles matches in the encounter at the Tucson Racquet Club.
PCC prevailed in two of the three doubles matches. Freshmen Torie Wake and Amy Beeston defeated Kayla White and Loni Karras 9-7 at No. 2, while sophomore Julienne Cananea and freshman Helena Meyer teamed for an 8-5 win over Ashley Pedro and Kindrea Holliday at No. 3 doubles.
Beeston and sophomore Pierson won at singles for Pima.
On March 19,the Aztecs defeated Paradise Valley Community College 9-0 in Phoenix.
Among other Pima winners, sophomores Helen Altieri and Kari Emery destroyed their opponents at No. 1 doubles, 8-0.
PCC also had a good time on Spring Break. The Aztecs got to hit Cali, but they weren’t there to surf, go clubbing or hang out at the beach.
Pima went to compete in the California Tournament on March 11-13, wrapping up a spotless 3-0 trip with an 8-1 victory over Ventura College (Calif.) on the final day.
Altieri and Emery had a tough match at the No. 1 doubles slot, but downed Sonia Landeros and Katy Scheck 8-6. PCC also took the other two doubles matches.
Emery blanked Scheck at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0, while Beeston held off Laura Varela at No. 4 singles, winning 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.
PCC scored a 5-4 victory over Orange Coast College (Calif.) on the second day of the tourney.
The Aztecs dropped two of three doubles matches, but recovered to take four singles matchups to pull out the win.
Pima kicked off the tourney with a hard-fought 8-1 triumph over Glendale College (Calif.). PCC won three tiebreakers in singles matches to help secure the victory.
“This trip showed our depth as a team this year, which is what it takes to win,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said.
On the men’s side, the Aztecs (3-5, 2-4 ACCAC) fell to Scottsdale Community College 8-1 on March 28 at the TRC.
Freshman Landon Trejo was Pima’s only winner, as he took his No. 6 singles match 3-6, 7-5, 12-10.
On March 26, the Aztecs got their first victory under new head coach Brian Ramirez, downing Glendale 6-3 at the TRC.
Pima took two of the doubles matches, as the No. 1 duo of sophomores Joe Owen and Dylan Vo beat Tommy Sertich and Rylan Mills 8-5.
At No. 6 singles, Trejo defeated Enrique Ledesma 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
Ramirez met his new team on March 18, then coached them the next day against Paradise Valley.
His squad came up just short, falling 5-4 to the visitors.
The former University of Arizona and Stanford University assistant had a positive initial impression of his players.
“I like all the guys a lot; they’re wonderful guys,” he said. “I’m just finding out now where each guy’s game is at, what his strengths are, and where it maybe needs a little help and can grow.”
His players were happy, too, especially since former head coach Nelson Payne hasn’t been leading the team since February.
“We’re really excited to have a new coach, because we haven’t had one for a while,” sophomore D.J. Campas said. “He has a lot of experience, and I think he’s only going to help us from here.”
The men’s team is scheduled to play at Mesa Community College on April 2. The women will play Mesa at the TRC on the same day. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
April 2: Mesa CC, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.
April 2: @ Mesa CC, 1:30 p.m.