TENNIS: Pierson’s streak at 12, men fall to Mesa

By STEVE CHOICE

wPg15-Tennis-Pierson-VivianThe Pima Community College women’s tennis team (12-4, 5-2 ACCAC) dominated Mesa Community College at the Tucson Racquet Club on April 2, winning 8-1.

Sophomore Vivian Pierson continued her stellar season for the seventh-ranked Aztecs, winning her 12th consecutive match at No. 6 singles.

“I’m excited about it; it feels really good,” the Tucson native said of the streak. “I feel like I’m playing my best tennis right now. I love coming out here every day, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Pierson was quick to attribute her success to good mentoring.

“I owe a lot to Gretchen (Schantz, Pima’s head coach). She’s really been there for me,” Pierson said. “Also, my coach in high school really motivated me.

“He brought me out here to the racquet club, so that’s how I met Gretchen. I did a few summer camps here that helped me a lot. I think it’s paying off now.”

PCC swept the singles matches against Mesa. Other Aztec winners included sophomores Helen Altieri and Julienne Cananea and freshmen Helena Meyer, Torie Wake and Amy Beeston.

Sophomore Kari Emery missed the match with an injury.

The Aztecs shut out Glendale 9-0 on the road on March 26, as Altieri and Emery teamed to win their seventh doubles match in eight attempts.

On March 21, PCC fell for the second time this year to No. 6 Eastern Arizona College, again by a 5-4 score.

The Gila Monsters took four of six singles matches in the encounter at the TRC.

On the men’s side, the Aztecs (3-6, 2-5 ACCAC) dropped a 5-4 decision at Mesa on April 2.

Sophomore D.J. Campas and freshman Brian Soto won their No. 2 doubles match 8-4. Both players also won their singles matches.

Sophomore Dylan Vo was PCC’s other victor, beating Marco Navarro 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

The Aztecs fell 8-1 to Scottsdale Community College 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 Community College 6-3 at the TRC.

Pima took two of the doubles matches, as the No. 1 duo of sophomores Joe Owen and Vo beat Tommy Sertich and Rylan Mills 8-5.

At No. 6 singles, Trejo defeated Enrique Ledesma 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

The men’s team is scheduled to play at Paradise Valley Community College on April 4. The women will play Paradise Valley at West Campus on the same day. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

 

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