TENNIS: Aztecs begin second round in conference


The Pima Community College tennis teams have played each conference rival once, and will now play schools a second time.


Women face tough opponents   

The women lost 7-2 at Mesa Community College on April 3.

Sophomore Amy Beeston scored both wins for PCC. At No. 1 doubles, she paired with sophomore Cayla Cordova and won 8-5. At No. 1 singles she won 6-4, 6-2.

No. 2 doubles sophomore Helena Meyer and freshman Cassidy McWhorter lost 0-8.

At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Ashten Watts and freshman Yani Alameda lost a tough match 6-8.

In singles, PCC went 1-5.

No. 2 singles Cordova lost 0-6, 0-6, while No. 3 Meyer lost 2-6, 1-6. No. 4 singles Watts fell 0-6, 0-6, while No. 5 singles McWhorter lost 1-6, 0-6. No. 6 singles Alameda lost 2-6, 4-6.

On April 1, PCC lost at Eastern Arizona 9-0.

All three doubles teams lost.

No. 1 doubles Beeston and Cordova fell 2-8. No. 2 doubles Meyer and McWhorter fought but lost 6-8, while Watts and Alameda lost 4-8 at No. 3 doubles.

In singles play, PCC lost every match but competed to the end.

No. 1 singles Beeston lost 0-6, 0-6 and No. 2 singles Cordova lost 1-6, 0-6. No. 3 singles Meyer competed but fell 6-7 (5-7), 5-7.  No. 4 singles Watts battled for three sets but lost 6-3, 4-6, 8-10.

No. 6 singles Alameda followed Watts with a three-set match and lost 7-5, 5-7, 4-10. No. 5 singles McWhorter lost 1-6, 4-6.

“Mesa is a deep team from top to bottom,” coach Gretchen Schantz said. “Eastern is strong at the top.”

The women dominated Paradise Valley Community College at home March 27, winning 9-0.

The No. 1 doubles team, Beeston and Cordova, coasted 8-3. At No. 2 doubles, Meyer and McWhorter won 8-2.

The  No. 3 doubles, sophomore Ashten Watts and freshman Yani Alameda, dominated 8-0.

Singles play was no problem.

No. 1 singles Beeston won 6-1, 6-1, while Cordova won at No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-2. No. 3 singles Meyer cruised 6-1, 6-1.

Watts won at No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-0, and McWhorter won at No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-1.

Alameda continued her dominance at No. 6 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0.

“I would not trade my teammates for anything,” Beeston said. “They put their whole heart in the game and as a captain, that’s all I could ask for. We are Pima.”


Men rout and get routed

The men’s team lost 0-9 at home against Mesa on April 3.

In doubles play, No. 1 doubles sophomore Brian Soto and freshman Richie Foitik lost 5-8. No. 2 doubles freshmen Josh Henkel and Carlos Medina were blanked 0-8. No. 3 doubles freshmen Aldo Amaya and Trey Terry lost 2-8.

No. 1 singles Soto lost 2-6, 1-6 while Foitik lost at No. 2 singles 4-6, 0-6. No. 3 singles Henkel lost 0-6, 0-6 and Medina lost 1-6, 0-6 at No. 4 singles. No. 5 singles freshman Gabe Ortiz lost 0-6, 0-6 and Amaya suffered the same fate at No. 6 singles, falling 0-6, 0-6.

The men went on the road for the final time March 27 and won 9-0 in Phoenix against Paradise Valley Community College.

Zach Armenta/Aztec Press
From left, Cayla Cordova, Amy Beeston, Richie Foitik and Brian Soto chat before a practice match

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