By ZACH ARMENTA
Pima Community College sophomore Amy Beeston is a beast on the tennis court.
As a child, she played volleyball, softball and basketball. Her mom suggested that Beeston give tennis a chance.
“My mom knew a coach and thought I should try it,” she said.
That first lesson sparked an 11-year career that continues today.
She was originally recruited by Eastern Arizona College, but the coach recruiting her left the team. That coach called PCC coach Gretchen Schantz to help Beeston play tennis in college. After talking to Schantz, Beeston decided to play for PCC.
Beeston hails from Lehi, Utah, and returns home over the summer to spend time with her parents and three sisters.
“Very beautiful, a little smaller than Tucson, and it’s home,” she said about Lehi.
Beeston is the only one in her family who lives in Arizona. She calls family, school and tennis her highest priorities.
“If you have people to support you, you can succeed,” she said.
In addition to tennis, Beeston enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding and ice cream. She loves ice cream so much that she claims she can live off it.
“I ate a gallon of cookie dough ice cream in one sitting once,” she said.
Beeston brings a lot more than just talent to the team, according to her coach.
“A lot of energy, good leader,” Schantz said. “Likes being on a team, she brings the team together.”
Beeston has multiple pre-match rituals.
“I drink two cups of water, wear black socks and a hat,” she said “I have to eat, listen to rap music and tell myself I’m a good tennis player.”
Last year, Beeston finished first in singles and doubles at regionals. With that success, she has been offered partial scholarships by two universities.
One is Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The other is Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. She still hasn’t picked one, and hopes for more offers in the future.
Beeston started the season 2-0 by dominating Imperial Valley College. She went 1-1 in play at the ACCAC preseason tournament in Mesa on Feb. 21.
Her goal is to remain in beast mode, crushing everyone who dares step on the other side of the net.