Tennis: Teams back on track after spring break

By ZACH ARMENTA

The Pima Community College women’s and men’s tennis teams returned to action March 25 after  a week off for spring break.

Women’s team gets back on track

Pima Community College (3-3, 1-2 in conference) women’s team returned from spring break firing on all cylinders.

PCC crushed Glendale Community College 8-1 on the road March 25.

“They only have four players,” coach Gretchen Schantz said when asked about Glendale. “The key is to win every match regardless of opponents.”

Heading into the match, PCC had already won three matches by default because of Glendale’s limited number of players.

In doubles play, PCC owned all three matches.

At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Amy Beeston and Cayla Cordova won a dogfight 9-8 7-2.

At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Helena Meyer and freshman Cassidy McWhorter won 8-0.
PCC went 3-1 in singles play scoring two automatic wins by default.

No. 2 singles Cordova won 6-2, 6-1. No. 3 singles Meyer and No. 4 singles Watts won 6-0, 6-0.
“Confident,” said Meyer after the match. “I was really confident in all my shots and that is what helped me win.”

The women’s team defeated Grossmont College 5-4 in El Cajon, Calif., on March 11.

The Aztecs continued to struggle at doubles, scoring one victory.

No. 3 doubles Watts and Alameda won 8-2.

The No. 1 doubles team of Beeston and Cordova lost 8-3.

The No. 2 doubles team, Meyer and McWhorter, lost 8-4.

The match came to the wire in singles play.

No. 1 and No. 2 singles Beeston and Cordova both lost their matches.

No. 3 singles Meyer won 6-4, 6-2 and No. 5 singles McWhorter controlled the match and won 6-4, 6-0.

Alameda continued to destroy her opponents at No. 6 singles, winning 6-1, 6-2.

The match was tied at 4-4 with Watts playing her singles match at the No. 4 singles spot. She clinched the win in an epic three-set victory, winning 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

“It was fun,” Alameda said about the San Diego trip. “It was a good experience.”

 

Men’s team dominates Glendale

PCC men’s tennis team beat Glendale 7-2 at Glendale on March 25.

In doubles play, PCC won two of three.

Sophomore Brian Soto and freshman Richie Foitik won No. 1 doubles 8-2.

At No. 3 doubles, freshmen Gabe Ortiz and Aldo Amaya also won 8-2.

The No. 2 doubles freshmen, Josh Henkel and Carlos Medina, lost 9-8 (7-3)

In singles play, PCC went 5-1.

At No. 1 singles, Soto won 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. Henkel played No. 3 singles and controlled the match 6-3, 6-2.

No. 4 singles Medina won 6-3, 6-3. No. 6 singles Ortiz won 6-2, 6-2.

No. 5 singles sophomore Trey Terry won 2-6, 7-6 (7-2). Splitting the first two sets forced Terry and his opponent to play a 10-point tiebreaker. which Terry won 12-10.

“Gratifying,” Amaya said about the match. “Doubles portion was relatively easy. Singles we had to show the best of us to pull it out, and fortunately we got a vital win.”

Up next will be a shorthanded Paradise Valley team in Phoenix on March 27.

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