BY ZACH ARMENTA
Pima Community College men and women’s tennis teams started their season with tough tests.
The women’s team lost 6-3 on March 10 against San Diego Mesa College in California.
PCC lost all three doubles, scoring in just two games.
At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Amy Beeston and Cayla Cordova lost 8-1. No. 2 doubles sophomore Helena Meyer and freshman Cassidy McWhorter lost 8-0.
No. 3 doubles sophomore Ashten Watts and freshman Yani Alameda lost 8-1.
At No. 3 singles, Meyer won 7-5, 6-3. Watts once again dominated at No. 4 singles, winning 6-1, 6-2.
At No. 6 singles, Alameda won 6-2, 6-3. Her record has advanced to 8-2.
No. 5 singles McWhorter battled her opponent to the very end but lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
On March 4, the women played at home against Mesa Community College. They dropped their match 6-3.
PCC scored an 8-6 victory at No. 3 doubles from Alameda and Watts.
In singles play, PCC scored two wins.
The first came from Watts at No. 4 singles as she dominated her opponent 6-2, 6-1. At No. 6 singles, Alameda won 6-3, 6-3 and improved her record to 7-1.
“Really happy,” head coach Gretchen Schantz said. “Mesa is a strong team. Three wins is a strong start and we had close matches.”
The women started conference play with an 8-1 loss to Eastern Arizona College on Feb. 27.
The only win came from Alameda at No. 6 singles. She won 6-0, 6-3.
Beeston lost 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles spot. Cordova lost at the No. 2 singles spot 6-4, 6-0.
Rounding out singles play was McWhorter, who lost 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 5 singles spot.
The women were scheduled to play at Grossmont College in California on March 12. The match took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.
The men’s team had a rough start to conference play on March 4 after traveling to Mesa Community College. They lost their match 9-0.
In doubles play, all three teams won one game.
At No. 1 doubles, sophomore Brian Soto and freshman Richie Foitik lost 8-1.
At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Carlos Medina and freshman Josh Henkel lost 8-0. Freshmen Trey Terry and Aldo Amaya also lost 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.
PCC was swept in singles play.
At No. 1 singles, Soto lost 6-0, 6-0. Foitik at No. 2 singles lost 6-2, 6-2. Henkel rounded out the top three with a score 6-1, 6-0.
Medina at No. 4 singles and Ortiz at No. 5 singles lost with identical scores of 6-0, 6-0. At No. 6, Terry won one game, 6-0, 6-1.
“Mesa is a whole another level,” Soto said.
Up next for the men will be Glendale Community College at the Tucson Racquet Club on March 25 at 1:30 p.m.
March 25: Glendale CC, Tucson Racquet Club, 1:30 p.m.
March 25: @ Glendale CC, Glendale, 1:30 p.m.