By ZACH ARMENTA
The Pima Community College tennis teams were competing in the Region 1 playoffs when Aztec Press went to the printer. The teams finished the regular season against Paradise Valley and Glendale community colleges.
Women sweep competition
In the final match of the season on April 15, PCC beat Paradise Valley Community College 9-0. They finished the season 6-5 overall and 4-4 in conference.
In doubles play, PCC won all three matches against Paradise Valley.
No. 1 doubles sophomores Amy Beeston and Cayla Cordova won 8-1, finishing the regular season on a three -match win streak.
No. 2 doubles sophomore Helena Meyer and Cassidy McWhorter won 8-2. No. 3 doubles sophomore Ashten Watts and freshman Yani Alameda won 8-1.
Pima also won easily in singles play.
No. 1 singles Beeston won 6-4, 6-4 while No. 2 singles Cordova cruised 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 singles Meyer controlled her match 6-2, 6-2.
No. 4 singles Watts dominated 6-0, 6-0, finishing the year 7-4 in singles play. Freshman Katlyn Jones shined at No. 5 singles winning 6-3, 6-0.
Alameda won at No. 6 singles 6-3, 6-1, capping a 7-2 season record in singles play.
On April 10, PCC once again earned three automatic wins because Glendale does not field a full team.
At No. 1 doubles, Beeston and Cordova won 8-1. No. 2 doubles Meyer and McWhorter won 8-2. No. 3 doubles was a default win for Watts and Alameda.
Singles play was virtually the same as doubles, with the exception of one nail-biting match.
No. 1 singles Beeston won a dogfight 1-6, 6-4, 13-11. Beeston trailed 8-9 in the third set tiebreaker but fought back to win.
No. 5 singles McWhorter and No. 6 singles Alameda won by default. No. 2 singles Cordova coasted 6-2, 6-0 while No. 3 singles Meyer dominated 6-0, 6-0. No. 4 singles Watts shined 6-1, 6-2.
Meyer chose the word “bruises” to define the season, “because I hit myself when I get frustrated.”
Men dominate matches
In the men’s final home match on April 15, PCC beat Paradise Valley CC 9-0 to finish the season 5-2 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
PCC scored three automatic wins by default due to Paradise Valley having just four players
In doubles play, PCC swept every match.
No. 1 doubles sophomore Brian Soto and freshman Richie Foitik won 8-1. No. 2 doubles sophomore Carlos Medina and freshman Josh Henkel won 8-6. No. 3 doubles freshmen Aldo Amaya and Trey Terry won by default.
Singles play presented very little challenge for PCC.
No. 1 singles Soto won 6-3, 6-3 while Foitik won easily at No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 singles Henkel cruised 6-4, 6-0. No. 4 singles Medina struggled at the start but won 7-6 (7-1), 6-1. No. 5 singles freshman Gabe Ortiz and No. 6 singles Amaya won by default.
On April 10, PCC beat Glendale 7-2.
No. 1 doubles Soto and Foitik won easily 8-1. No. 3 doubles Terry and Amaya won 9-7. No. 2 doubles Medina and Henkel fell 4-8.
Singles play presented some exciting and long matches.
No. 2 singles Foitik won 6-2, 6-3. No. 3 singles Henkel lost 3-6, 1-6. No. 6 singles Amaya controlled the match at 6-0, 6-2.
The other three singles matches all went three sets with a surprising twist coming at No. 5 singles. Playing No. 5 singles, Ortiz originally lost the match 6-1, 0-6, 7-10. Because the match had not been claimed by either school, Ortiz was sent back out to play a third set. Ortiz won that set 6-4, giving him the win.
No. 1 singles Soto battled all the way, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. No. 4 singles Medina was last on the court and provided some action. He won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4).
Amaya called the season a great experience. “I made new friends and improved my game,” he said. “I can’t ask for anything else.”