By STEVE CHOICE
The Pima Community College men’s tennis team (2-3, 1-2 ACCAC) fell 5-4 to Mesa Community College on March 5 at West Campus.
Sophomore Joe Owen fell to Ryan Huss at No. 1 singles 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, clinching the team match for Mesa.
Singles winners for Pima included sophomores Dylan Vo and David Campas and freshman Brian Soto.
PCC’s lone doubles win came in the No. 3 match, where Soto and freshman Landon Trejo downed their opponents 8-2.
On March 28, Scottsdale Community College shut out the Aztecs 9-0 on the Fighting Artichokes’ home courts.
Soto played the most competitive match of the day for Pima, falling 6-2, 6-4 to Jeremy Johnson.
Earlier in the year, PCC had identified Scottsdale as an opponent it would need to fight for a postseason berth, so the Aztecs will likely be spoiling for revenge when the two squads tangle again on March 28.
Pima had better luck at Glendale Community College on Feb. 26, downing the hosts 6-3.
The Aztecs rode five singles triumphs to victory over the Gauchos, including a dramatic 6-2, 7-6 (11-9) win for Vo in the No. 2 slot.
Other singles winners for Pima were Owen, Campas, Soto and Trejo. Owen and Vo teamed up for an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles.
On the women’s side, PCC (9-3, 2-1 ACCAC) completed a spotless trip to Los Angeles with an 8-1 victory over Ventura College (Calif.) on day three of the California Tournament. The Aztecs went 3-0 in the Golden State.
The Aztecs swept the doubles matches against Ventura. At the No. 1 slot, sophomores Helen Altieri and Kami Emery had a tough match, but downed Sonia Landeros and Katy Scheck 8-6.
Emery blanked Scheck at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0, while freshman Amy Beeston held off Laura Varela at No. 4 singles, winning 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.
“This trip showed our depth as a team this year, which is what it takes to win,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said.
PCC scored a 5-4 victory over Orange Coast College (Calif.) on the second day of the tourney.
The Aztecs dropped two of the three doubles matches, but recovered to take four singles matchups to pull out the win.
Altieri and Emery blanked Kystal Hernandez and Nicole Pham 8-0 at No. 1 doubles for the lone Pima doubles triumph.
Altieri and Emery also prevailed in their singles matches, along with sophomores Julienne Cananea and Vivian Pierson.
The Aztecs 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.
At No. 2 singles, Emery held off Allie Amor 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.
Beeston came back to defeat Amanda Dring 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 at No. 4 singles, while Cananea also posted a comeback victory at No. 5 singles, winning 6-7, 6-2, 10-5 over Sydni Farzadkish.
The Aztecs easily controlled Mesa on March 5, winning 8-1 on the road.
Emery fought back to defeat Madison Porter at No. 2 singles, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6.
Other singles winners for PCC were Altieri, Pierson, Cananea and freshman Tori Wake.
On Feb. 26, the Aztecs hammered Glendale Community College 9-0 at West Campus.
Beeston shut down Jackie Mettler 6-3, 6-1 to complete the sweep for Pima.
Wake and Beeston won 8-0 at No. 2 doubles, and Altieri and Emery teamed up for an 8-1 drubbing of their opponents in the No. 1 slot.
Pima dropped a 5-4 road decision against Eastern Arizona College on Feb. 21. The Aztecs took two of three doubles matches against their archrivals, but managed only two victories in the six singles matches.
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 picked up victories for PCC.
The women are currently ranked No. 7 in Division I of the NJCAA. They will next play at Paradise Valley Community College on March 19.
The men’s team is scheduled to host Paradise Valley on March 19.
March 19: @ Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix, 1:30 p.m.
March 19: Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, 1:30 p.m.